Riley is a native Sydneysider who grew up between Australia and America, with extensive travels throughout Europe and Asia along the way. She’s a journalist and a lover of beach volleyball, roller-skates, olives and tea.
Where I live:
North of the bridge, between the northern beaches and the north shore — equal parts sand and bushland. I’ve also lived in Dee Why, on the northern beaches; Randwick, in the city’s east; and Elizabeth Bay, near Sydney’s famed Kings Cross.
Best way to get around the city:
Sydney’s public transport network is undergoing extensive renovations and extensions, but it’s still the most convenient way to get around. An Opal card (which you can get from convenience stores) is a surefire way to get from train to bus to ferry.
Don’t leave without having:
High tea at the Tea Room at the Queen Victoria Building. It’s a quintessentially British Australian afternoon. Tiny finger sandwiches and fat scones are paired with endless pots of tea, from Germany’s Ronnefeldt, in one of the city’s most gorgeous heritage buildings.
But the local favorite is really:
An afternoon on, in or near the water, which isn’t hard to do in the harbor city. Sprawl out at any beach, sip a mojito at the Opera Bar or picnic at Mrs Macquarie’s Point.
If I moved, I’d most miss:
The food. Sydney’s produce, chefs and culinary experiences are world class. We’re a diverse bunch, and the food is emblematic of that. It’s casual yet classy, refined and resplendent.