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Our Detours. Telling Sydney's untold stories.
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And what better way to start than on a five-hour guided look at the city in the expert hands of My Sydney Detour? This is a masterclass in how to show a newcomer your home town. They do the off-the-beaten track view of Sydney.

And the views are breath-taking. One in particular, from a secluded residential cove where some of the richest people in the world have harbourside homes, is THE ultimate money shot of Sydney. The trip was worth it just for that alone ( mysydneydetour.com from £314 for two people for 3hrs). But it was the knowledge imparted by my two hosts that was worth a thousand guide books.

We started in inner-city Redfern, the venue for rioting in 2004 between the local Aboriginal population and the police. Now it has been transformed into a multicultural, community-centred, Bohemian quarter, full of green cafes, hipster pubs and shops selling indigenous art.

Here you’ll see plenty of examples of the magnificent Victorian terraced houses with trademark verandahs that now sell for £600,000 (something you learn very quickly from Sydneysiders is that they have the most expensive inner-city house prices anywhere on earth).

But from the local who runs the Detour trips, you learn more about Sydney than a 12-part history series.

Richard Graham puts the city in its true historical, social and geographical context: “A penal colony set on a dinosaur’s footprint” as he likes to call home.

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RICHARD Graham’s old EH Holden snakes past James Packer’s old pad on the right and mansions worth more than the GDP of some nations to the left. Then it stops. The 1964 green  classic car has rested opposite a  walkway in an elite suburb of eastern Sydney that, from the road, reeks of trouble. We’ve all seen them on the silver screen. Dark, isolated paths full of nothing but adversity.Not this one, though. The sloping alley in Vaucluse could be from a C.S. Lewis novel, a Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe-type script where you leave the money-drenched streets of east Sydney and pass through time to a hidden gem. Because at the end of the path is Parsley Bay, nestled among Sydney Harbour and, aside from savvy locals, a forgotten treasure. Billboards, fast-food outlets, car horns and conga lines of people don’t belong here. It is exclusive to rocks, caves, greenery, clean water, exquisite views and the world’s rarest commodities, peace and tranquility.Yachts and ferries pose in the backdrop of Sydney Harbour as Australia’s biggest city warms into its weekend.To confirm the bay’s richness, a lone $20 note floats slowly by an unsuspecting crowd of only 10 swimmers basking in the sun of a warm spring day. The scene is in stark contrast to the hype and bustle a stone’s throw away where thousands elbow each other at traditional tourist meccas like the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Opera House and Bondi Beach. Richard, co-owner of My Sydney Detour, says Parsley Bay has remained one of the city’s best-kept secrets for well over 100 years. It was part of William Wentworth’s vast Vaucluse estate before being opened to the public in 1906. Wentworth, an Australian pioneer in many different ways, is believed to have used the tranquil surrounds for his own family and still overlooks it 13 years after his death at his final resting place close by.
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We were on Sydney Weekender over the weekend! Check it out!

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"One of the highlights of my time in Sydney was the day I spent with Richard Graham, owner of My Sydney Detour. Graham is a tour guide extraordinaire—passionate about connecting corporate groups with everyday Australians..." BY ALANNA MCQUAID

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"The first thing you’ll notice is your ride. The old-school Holden EH Premier parked at the curb, with the effervescent Richard Graham at the wheel, is, just like its owner, hard to miss."

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Thanks Mr Brown for taking a My Sydney Detour even in the rain!

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WOW!! An article in the THE WALL STREET JOURNAL!!!

Go Native // Live like a local for a day—or just a few hours. My Sydney Detour takes you from hidden city streets to the best beaches—all in a restored 1964 EH Holden Premier. Vegemite not (necessarily) required.
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