Magazine article Management Today

MT Business Travel: Frequent Flyer - John Drummond's Guide to Sydney

Magazine article Management Today

MT Business Travel: Frequent Flyer - John Drummond's Guide to Sydney

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HOW TO GET THERE: I usually fly with Qantas or KLM from London, but it's all much of a muchness. The plane has to stop en route as it's such a long flight, and I like to break the journey in Singapore. If I've got time, I'll spend a couple of days there.

AIRPORT TO TOWN: There are no trains from Sydney airport to the centre of town, so I usually get a cab. It's about Adollars 40 (pounds 16) for a 30 to 45-minute journey. My view is that, having spent about 22 hours flying, you owe it to yourself to take a taxi.

GETTING AROUND: I'm always taken aback by the size of Sydney, but I find it easy to get around. There are plenty of taxis, and there are great hydrofoils and water taxis that run 24 hours a day. A fast monorail runs between the City centre and Darling Harbour.

BEST HOTEL: I stay at the Shangri-La hotel 1 (176 Cumberland Street, 00 61 2 9250 6000,, which is in the Rocks area, right by the harbour. If you want to soak up the views, it's the place to be. The service is fantastic too. After a long trip like that, you need all the help you can get.

BEST ROOM: I usually like to overlook the Opera House, but there are rooms with good views all round, of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, for example, or Darling Harbour.

BEST BUSINESS RESTAURANT: There's a great restaurant inside the Opera House - Guillaume at Bennelong 2 (Opera House, Bennelong Point, 00 61 2 9241 1999), run by chef Guillaume Brahimi. From inside, it has a wonderful view of the Opera House's architecture. The Rockpool 3 is also good (107 George Street, 00 61 2 9252 1888). It was named restaurant of the year for 2004 by the Sydney Morning Herald, and has great seafood. Further afield, Sydney chef Luke Mangan runs Salt Restaurant 4 (229 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst, 00 61 2 9332 2566), which also has a good bar. My favourite is Mezzaluna at Pott's Point 5 (123 Victoria Street, 00 61 2 9357 1988). It's away from the harbour, and has spectacular views of the rest of the city. It's the place to go if you want to reward yourself for a successful trip. …

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