Carolyn SpitzUnited States
Stephen was very knowledgeable about all things Sydney and Australia! His interests and expertise ranged from history to architecture to retail and advertising. He's a genuinely nice guy and great company. We asked him questions on topics across the board and he always had thoughts and insights. We'd recommend him to anyone!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Lovely to meet you and Stephen today Carolyn, you were great company and inspiring travellers. Loved that you taking the train to the Blue Mts. Thank you for an excellent review, much appreciated. Do continue to enjoy your time in Oz. Best regards Stephen
Susan LingoUnited States
What a way to start our one day in Sydney prior to our cruise! We thoroughly enjoyed our walking tour around the city with Stephen. He is a very pleasant gentleman with varied life experiences which added to our tour experience. Stephen tailored the tour to our interests. He is very knowledgeable of the history and architecture of Old Sydney which we found very interesting. Highly recommend him. We have used Tours By Locals in other cities around the world and have been very satisfied with each tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Sue, I really enjoyed meeting both of you and sharing stories about people and places. So glad you enjoyed Sydney, a town I love. Wishing you a wonderful cruise to Melbourne and beyond.
Howard BravermanFt LAUDERDALE, FL, United States
I would give Stephen a 4+...this was a walking tour that was well worthwhile from a local who has lived there his whole life. There was nothing Stephen did know about Sidney...Also his restaurant suggestions were over the top...in fact I am changing my star ratings to 5. Also, Stephen was most anxious to please. we happened to have a rainy day..and stephen offered to change to another day even though we had already started the tour. Hats off to Stephen
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind words Howard. Glad you enjoyed the tour and your time in Sydney. I hope you enjoyed the restaurants.
Roger ElliottUnited States
My wife and I had another interesting day with Stephen. This time we walked the area known as The Rocks and to the Sydney Opera House. We also enjoyed a ferry ride to Darling Harbour. We had an excellent meal at Nicks on Cockle Bay Wharf including a sampling of the grilled octopus. Stephen shared many examples of the Australian architecture and the types of construction. There were several excavation sites with artifacts preserved that were uncovered during new construction.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Nancy and Roger, Thank you for your kind comments. We did have a wonderful time exploring inner Sydney by foot and ferry and seeing the contrast in the new and the old. I'm sure you're now having balmy days cruising the Pacific. Best regards Stephen
Graham StarlingUnited Kingdom
We had a very enjoyable day with Stephen. He is very knowledgeable on everything Australian and knows Stdney and its history and architecture very well. We all got on with him and he judged the pace and stops according to the hot weather and our abilities. We would recommend him very highly to any travellers .
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for the feedback Graham. Much appreciated.
Barbara StuckeyUnited States
Stephen is an excellent guide. A 6 hour walking tour in Sydney's summer heat can be a real challenge for some of us older folks. But, Stephen was careful about making sure we had rest stops and places to get rehydrated, etc. He made the history of Sydney come alive with his knowledge and humor. Thank you, Stephen, for being our guide--you're the greatest!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Barbara, again, thank you for your kind words about our walking tour of inner Sydney's highlights. Wow, that was a very hot day, we all did well fitting as much as we did. It's cooled down considerably since then. In fact, today it's raining, windy and much much cooler. So the heat on our day walking was a blessing in a way... Lovely to meet you both.