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Tips on travelling to Sydney from Candice Brissenden

Candice Brissenden is a South African studying and performing as a musician in Sydney.

Where are you originally from?
Cape Town, South Africa

Where do you live now?
Sydney, Australia

How well do you know Sydney?
Pretty well, I've lived here for a year.

Why should I go there?
Sydney is the perfect combination of bustling city life and relaxed Aussie beach culture. There is never a dull moment and there is always a festival to go to, a restaurant to try or a beach to relax on. 

What time of year should I go?
The summer months are the best, December  to March

Anything special I should pack?
The Aussies are crazy about their "slip, slop, slap" so make sure to bring plenty of sunscreen. 

What is the first thing you do when arriving?
Go to Circular Quay and have a look at the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. The view really is breathtaking.

What's the best way to get around?
Public transport is excellent in Sydney so I would say get a Travel 10 bus ticket (which gives you 10 rides) and use the brilliant bus system. Trains are a better option for longer distances.

Where would you send a first-time visitor?
Bondi Beach, Rose Bay (Nielsen Park) and Manley (via ferry).

Anything I should avoid?
Being intoxicated in a nightclub or in any other public place. You will be treated harshly. 

Where's the best place to stay?
It depends if you want beach or city. Bondi is good for the beach and Darling Harbour is perfect if you like the hustle and bustle and beautiful views.

Where is the best place for lunch?
There are thousands of restaurants in Sydney. But I would recommend Emperor Garden Restaurant in China Town for some excellent Yum Cha (Chinese high tea). Otherwise anywhere in Darling Harbour is good and they have really good lunch specials. The little pubs along Bondi Beach and Manly Beach are always busy and are perfect for a post-beach meal. Glebe as plenty restaurants and coffee shops. Clipper Cafe on Glebe Point Road does delicious coffee and food! The Sydney Fish Market on a Saturday is also an experience not to be missed. 

Where is the best place for a drink?
The Rocks area has plenty pubs and bars with beautiful views of the city (I would recommend the Argyle). The Opera Bar at Circular Quay is good for a more sophisticated feel. For cheap and cheerful I would recommend anywhere in Newtown. Glebe is brilliant for quirky pubs and The Little Guy on Glebe Point Road is not to be missed.

Where is the best place for dinner?
The Thai restaurants in Newtown are phenomenal and Jewel on the Bay in Rose Bay has the best curry in Sydney.

What should I bring home?
Ugg boots!