ASK THE EX­PERT

CHIEF CONCIERGE, RADIS­SON BLU PLAZA HO­TEL SYDNEY

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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.

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