Rob McFarland

After abandoning a sensible career in IT to travel and write, Rob McFarland now divides his time between Sydney, the US and Europe. He’s won six writing awards, including Australian Travel Writer of the Year, and regularly runs workshops for aspiring writers. While not averse to the charms of a 5-star hotel, his most memorable travel experiences involve adventure. Highlights include scaling the mist-shrouded mountain behind Machu Picchu and rafting the Futaleufu River in Patagonia.

Good food: Whole rainbow trout at Chiswick restaurant in Woollahra.

Sydney: The ultimate city staycation

Sydney's a city with beguiling beaches, fantastic seafood and glorious wine, full of iconic landmarks and world-class attractions. Put away your passport, top up your Opal card and check out the gem that's in your backyard.

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