Ever wish you knew the inside scoop before visiting a new destination? Now you can! We’ve reached out to our favorite locals and tour guides from all over the world for their insider tips. In the City Insider Q&A, they’ll let you in on the spots that should be on your must-see and -do list!

Name: Richard Graham

Occupation: Tour Guide Extraordinaire

City: Sydney, Australia

Website: mysydneydetour.com

Twitter: @mysydneydetour

Facebook: My Sydney Detour

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YouTube: Richard Graham

Short bio: My Sydney Detour is the city’s most unique private tour experience! Founded and run by entrepreneur and experienced guide Richard Graham, the Detour, as it has become known, is the only way to become a local in a day!

Best way to get to/from airport: Train

Best way to get to/from train station: Bus or taxi

Favorite 5-star hotel: 1888 Hotel, 139 Murray St, Pyrmont, NSW 2009

Favorite budget hotel: L’otel, Darlinghurst

5 places visitors must see:

  1. Dudley Page Park, Dover Heights
  2. Lavender Bay
  3. Royal Botanic Gardens
  4. White Rabbit Gallery, Chippendale
  5. Collins Beach, Manly

Best local newspaper/recommended reading (for finding out what’s going on/about town): Time Out magazine

Favorite fine dining restaurant: Sixpenny, 83 Percival Rd, Stanmore, NSW 2048

Favorite casual restaurant: The Eathouse Diner, Redfern

Best place to get a coffee: Café Ella, Darlington

Favorite bar/lounge: Blue Horizon Bar, Shangri-La Hotel

Best music venue/place to see live music: Camelot Lounge

Favorite museum: White Rabbit Gallery

Best sports venue(s): Parramatta Stadium

Most popular local food: Meat pie at Jeds Food Store in Bondi

Best “locals only spot”: Parsley Bay Reserve

To live like a local, you must have this experience: Wake up and have a flat white at a local café

Local/native fruit or dish to try: Lamington

Most popular local drink: A scooner of Calton Draft

Movies/TV shows filmed in your city: The Great Gatsby/Matrix

Best souvenirs to buy/ goods to bring home: Tim Tams

Biggest tourist trap/places to avoid and when: Eating at Darling Harbour

Best SmartPhone app(s) for your city: Time Out Sydney app

Best travel tip: Get off the beaten track and eat like a caveman!

Check out more from Richard and My Sydney Detour as featured in this piece from Condé Nast Traveler!

1 Comment On "City Insider: Sydney"
  1. Sally|

    I agree with Richard. I get some latest travel review from Timeout Magazine which I think has never failed yet. It’s a must for a traveler to check out this reading material.

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