Hi. I’m Steve, and I’m the Sydney Ambassador for Not In The Guidebooks.

I’ve lived in and around Sydney for more than 20 years, and you can call me biased if you like, but I truly believe it to be the greatest city in the world. Being a part of Not In The Guidebooks is giving me the opportunity to showcase my city and my home, in the best way possible. I can promote fantastic local experiences – these are the things I like to do myself and with my family.

Sydney has a fascinating and colourful story to tell. Its indigenous local history spans more than 40,000 years, whilst the colonial influences date from the late 18th century. Both provide inquisitive visitors with much to learn and experience; from Aboriginal rock art, through to the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, the human influence on this part of the world is long and remarkable.

Sydney is a multicultural melting pot with residents from all over the world, speaking upwards of 250 different languages. Visitors to the city will quickly feel the international atmosphere, and participating in one of the many ethnic food tours available is a sure way of learning more about Sydney’s many immigrant communities, and trying out some fantastic new flavours.

The natural wonders of Sydney and its region are no less fascinating than its human ones. The city sits around one of the finest harbours in the world, and a boat trip on the water is a must for every visitor. With fantastic beaches and dramatic cliffs, Sydney’s seascape will make the trip down here worthwhile on its own. We also have the stunning Blue Mountains to the west of the city, a World Heritage area that attracts hikers and climbers from all parts of the world.

Sydney has a lively nightlife scene with entertainment to suit all tastes. Take in a show at the iconic Opera House on the harbour. With six performance spaces, there’s always something happening. Or explore the nightclub district of Kings Cross if late night action is more to your taste. Personally I always enjoy visiting one of the many atmospheric pubs in the Rocks, Sydney’s oldest colonial area, for a chance to interact with locals on a night out.

The city also has some awesome museums, which can really add to the experience of a visit here. My particular favourite is the Hyde Park Barracks Museum which focuses on Australia’s convict history. The Sydney Museum provides a comprehensive look at the history of the city from long before the Europeans arrived up to the present day, and the Police and Justice Museum nearby gives an insight into Sydney’s less wholesome side.

Whatever you choose to do while you’re here, I’m sure you’ll find plenty to keep you occupied for the duration of your visit. In fact the most common comment I hear from departing visitors is that they wish they had allowed more time to see the city. So if you are thinking of coming to see us, make sure you add a couple of days onto your itinerary to really ensure you get the most from your time.

I have put together some ‘Insider Thoughts’ on Things to do in Sydney which will give you an overview of what Not In The Guide Books offer as well as some things you can enjoy on your own.

If you need any help you can contact me at [email protected] – Enjoy your trip!

When is the best time to go?

The very best times to go is out of High and low season - so September to November or March to May. Of course the High season December to February the weather is great with long Summer days.

Must see

1. Walk along the Bondi to Coogee trail which is about 3.7miles
2. Take a tour of the Aboriginal rock art
3. Visit the famous Opera house and go backstage
4. Climb to the top of the Harbour bridge
5. Take a boat trip from Sydney harbour
6. Explore the nearby Blue Mountains
7. My favourite museums are the Hyde Park Barracks and The Police & Justice