ASK THE EXPERT
CHIEF CONCIERGE, RADISSON BLU PLAZA HOTEL SYDNEY
Q: What’s the best thing about Sydney in August?
A: In August winter begins to lose its chill with warmer sunny afternoons. The Annual Northern Whale migration reaches its crescendo with a record 29,000 whales this season! These majestic creatures can be best viewed from whale watching cruises; seeing a pod of 45 tonne humpback whales soaring through the air metres from your boat is an incredible sight!
Q: What’s your best advice for a first-time visitor to Sydney?
A: Two words…blue Mountains. Take a guided tour and view one million hectares of one of Australia’s natural wonders that is the Blue Mountains. Explore its diverse mix of blue-hazed valleys and the golden sandstone escarpments of the Jamison, Grose and Megalong Valleys and ride the worlds steepest railway. Visit Featherdale Wildlife Park on the way to feed kangaroos and get photos with koalas.
Q: What’s your favourite pub/bar to visit during winter?
A: Built by convicts from sandstone, the Hero of Waterloo in The Rocks is a nice way to escape the colds of winter in front a cosy fireplace to relax and enjoy a few pints at the bar or try some fine Australian pub cuisine in their restaurant.
Q: What is a great day trip destination to head to from the city?
A: Apart from my beloved Blue Mountains…! The remote Bungonia Wilderness Area in the Southern Highlands is an amazing day trip. The Bungonia Lookdown lookout offers superb views over the Shoalhaven Canyon and if you are lucky you may see a base jumper jump off the limestone cliff face! There are many caves to explore and many hiking opportunities, the area is quite rugged with kangaroos, goats in good number and on the way back the quaint town of Bowral has some great cafés and shops to explore.