Ask the Expert: Spring into October with Tips from Greg Hillard

Greg Hillard, concierge at the Sydney Harbour Marriott, offers his top tips for exploring Sydney during October 2018.

What’s your top tip for a first-time visitor to Sydney?
My tip for a first-time visitor to Sydney would be to visit some of our beautiful beaches and I think the best way to do this is the famous Bondi to Coogee beach coastal walk. The views on this walk are spectacular and you if are lucky enough to be here in spring you will get to see the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition located between Tamarama and Bondi Beach.

Being a harbour city, where can we get Sydney’s best seafood?
There are so many fantastic seafood options in Sydney however I don’t think you can go past Doyles on the Beach at Watsons Bay. Doyles is a popular seafood restaurant for both Sydney locals and tourists visiting our city. It is the perfect spot to sit back and have a long lunch of fresh local seafood whilst enjoying fantastic views of the harbour. The Rocks Markets As a local, what is the best market to visit in Sydney and why? 
Weekend markets are very popular in Sydney and The Rocks Markets has to be one of the standouts. Located in the historical area of Sydney, the markets consist of locally made handcrafted jewellery, textiles, homewares, art and photography, plus delicious food.

Where is your favourite city park or garden? 
The Royal Botanic Garden is still my favourite in Sydney. These gardens are always active with morning joggers and people taking a leisurely stroll through during the day. The Calyx will reopen at the start of October and is a must see whilst visiting the gardens.
Greg Hillard, concierge at the Sydney Harbour Marriott.

What is a great hidden Sydney bar that people might not know about?
The Doss House is a cool hidden whisky bar located in a heritage listed building in The Rocks. The basement bar has five distinctive areas that each pays homage to its past tenant. My tip would be to visit The Doss House on a Sunday evening and enjoy an Irish music session and sing song.