Roadtrips and Rooftops: David Reynolds' Guide to Sydney

Sir Stamford at Circular Quay chief concierge David Reynolds shares his tips for enjoying Sydney in the springtime.

What's Sydney's best-kept secret?
Very close to Manly Beach is a hidden snorkelling spot, Shelly Beach, a 10-minute walk south from Manly Life Saving Club. Bring your snorkelling gear and head out to the right-hand side of the bay where it opens into the ocean. It’s a marine park full of beautiful fish—you may even see wobbegong sharks and stingrays.

What is your favourite al fresco lunch spot in Sydney?
Otto Ristorante in Woolloomooloo has an undeniable reputation as one of Sydney’s most-respected dining institutions. Approachable yet refined Italian white-coat service meets modern Italian al fresco dining!

What is your favourite thing to do as the weather gets warmer?
The heritage-listed Sydney Cricket Ground is one of the liveliest arenas to watch sport. While you're in town, look up the games that are being played. There’s Aussie rules, rugby union and rugby league from autumn until September, and cricket during the summer.

Which venue has the best rooftop in Sydney?
The Glenmore Hotel in The Rocks. Its rooftop—under Sydney Harbour Bridge, with views over Sydney Harbour and Sydney Opera House—is second to none when it comes to elevated outdoor dining and drinking experiences in the city.

If you spent a day on a road trip, where would it be?
I'd travel to the Hunter Valley wine region. If you've only got a day, head to Bistro Molines for lunch. Their French-style food is cooked expertly, with good wine and excellent service. Enjoy a view of vineyards from the terrace with a semillon and a plate of poached crustaceans while French music plays in the background.

Kirsty Sier
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