Sydney, Australia
Graham, 46
City worker & beach dweller
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Do’s and don’ts in Sydney (Ex: Tipping: yes/no, touching strangers: yes/no, safety tips etc.):

Don’t just hang in the CBD - check out the burbs where the Sydneysiders live - a multi-cultural city awaits.

What are the Sydney spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Take the ferry to Manly to drink in those iconic Opera House and Bridge views.

Which Sydney shops do you hit up when you’re itching for something new?

I tend to do my shopping online, but every winter I'll head to Balmoral Boards in Narrabeen to load up on snowboarding gear.

Your all-time favorite musicians:

Gomez. James. Wonderstuff.

What do you do and why do you do it?

I’m a transport planner by profession. I work for myself providing advice to government and companies that plan, fund and operate major transport infrastructure. I was part of the team that developed the business case for the light rail system currently under construction on George Street through Sydney CBD. Why do I do it? It’s my ikigai.

What’s the area in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

Bondi !! LOL - there’s a bit of cross-harbor rivalry between Bondi in the Eastern Suburbs and Manly on the Northern Beaches. You’re either in one camp or the other. Visit both and let me know what you think. ;-)

What’s the one place in Sydney you think is underrated?

Q Station (or Quarantine Station to give it its full name).

Where would you take a date for a romantic night out?

Angel Restaurant on Queenscliff headland, between Manly Beach and Freshwater Beach. It’s a small place that only the locals know about... until now!! Can't find it? It goes by "Queenscliff Cafe" in the day and "Angel Restaurant" at night. If you're a foodie check out their 6 course degustation menu.

It's freeeeezing out - what should a visitor do?

Wear a jumper, scarf and beanie!! A Norwegian on Lake Titicaca, Bolivia, once told me they have a saying in Norway - there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes. It's a great way to approach the world.

Special views that mainstream tourists don't know about:

The Spit to Manly Walk along the harbour foreshore has stunning views along its entire length - the beauty of it is that after the next bend your actually in the view!

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