Be­yond the fa­mous Opera House, the bridge and hulk­ing life­guards, Aus­tralia’s largest me­trop­o­lis re­ally does live up to its name ‘the har­bour city’. Take off now for Christ­mas on the beach

Esquire (UK) - - Style - by Tom Bar­ber

Over the last 20 years, I’ve had friends move abroad to all the ob­vi­ous spots, but in time they’ve all re­turned to the UK fold, be that through sheer ex­haus­tion (NYC), col­lapsed nos­trils (Hong Kong) or be­cause, you know, it’s just not as good as Lon­don (Paris). But there seems to be one place from which they never come back, and that’s Syd­ney. It may be an epic cliché, but the abil­ity to down tools at work and be surf­ing within the hour has a cer­tain mag­i­cal lure. And the can-do, for­ward-look­ing spirit, the ex­tremely at­trac­tive fe­male pop­u­la­tion and the sen­sa­tional food might also have some­thing to do with it. Ex­cuse me while I pack my bags… Tom Bar­ber is a founder of the award-win­ning travel com­pany orig­inal­

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