I currently own my own tour company and I have 6 guides working in my employ. I enjoy working with ToursByLocals as it allows me to get out and do the guiding too. I personally specialise in city tours that highlight the history, lifestyle and culture of a particular region. I mostly like showing off areas that have a story to tell as well as fabulous architecture and scenic backdrops.
I very much love getting out of the city. The South Coast and Southern Highlands is full of diverse landscapes, the Blue Mountains is stunningly beautiful with pristine clean air and the Hunter Valley has an abundance of vineyards and gourmet delights.
I have 20 years' experience working as a tour guide/operator in Sydney after I jumped the fence out of hotel management. The two professions go hand in hand really, it's an exciting industry full of wonderful people.
During my professional career as a tour guide I have introduced thousands of people to the vast aspects of Sydney, but what most people love and appreciate the most is the 'Story of Sydney'. It isn't a long and detailed story but Sydney's rapid transformation from penal colony to proud international city is amazing. It tells of the visionaries, global effects, change in society, destruction, glory and celebration. Sydney is only 230 years old but has so much to show for it.
Over the years working as a tour guide and hotel manager, I have developed many friendships and professional relationships with food and beverage experts and so my Gourmet Tours are very fun and interactive. They take people away from the tourist hubs and into neighbourhoods only known by the locals. If you're staying in a serviced apartment with a fully-fledged kitchen then you must get on a gourmet tour and stock up with the very best restaurant quality food and live like a king.
I judge my personal success by the reactions I get from my guests on board throughout the day. It makes the job very satisfying when people get involved and want to experience the local life for what it truly is.
Please take a moment to review my tour itineraries and decide which experience most appeals to you. Please also take a look at the testimonials my guests have written about me and message me directly to discuss your requirements further.
Thank you for your time to read my introduction and your consideration to have me show you my Sydney and surrounds.
A Recent Review of this guide
Great day with Helen. Everything you want in a guide - friendly, knowledgeable, and fun to spend a day with. Blue mountains were spectacular and we never could have seen it all without Helen.
Transport NSW Bus Operator Accreditaion
Public Passenger Driver Authority
Authorised to drive up to 24 passengers at one time
St. Johns Ambulance First Aid Certification
IATG Professional Membership
Certificate IV Tourism (Guiding)
Advanced Certificate Hopitality Mangagement