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Sydney Precincts Book by Chris Carroll The Life Creative

Win a Copy of Sydney Precincts: The Ultimate Sydney Tour Guide

If you live in Sydney or you plan on visiting soon, my brand new book Sydney Precincts is the ultimate carry-size companion. It’s my curated guide to the countries biggest and brightest city, and I’m giving you the chance to win a copy in today’s post!

Sydney Precincts book Chris Carroll

It’s been a crazy journey, this blogging thing. Who knew that a little over three years ago when I started this blog, that all of the things I’ve achieved so far would occur? Certainly not me. I’ve not only made this blog a pretty successful destination for all things interiors, but I’ve also carved out a career as a stylist, decorator, presenter and now – an author!

It’s definitely been a case of ticking off a few achievements on my bucket list the past few years, and I’m so pleased with how my new book has turned out, after a good year or so in the making.

In putting Sydney Precincts together,  I spent many months eating, drinking and shopping my way across the city and its surrounding suburbs. When Hardie Grant publishing first approached me to write the book with them, I wasn’t sure my waistline could accommodate such a large undertaking.

Suffice to say, I made it work, even if it meant a few extra kilometres added to my running schedule to burn off the additional calories. Wining and dining your way through the city’s best restaurants, bars and cafes is not a bad day at the office, and I feel incredibly proud to finally see the book in print.

Sydney Furniture Stores Collectika in Enmore on The Life Creative

Sydney Furniture Stores on The Life Creative Society 6 in St Peters

Sydney Precincts: What’s it all about?

This book serves double duty for locals and tourists, giving you a list of must-see venues across Sydney.

For locals, it acts as motivation to step outside your suburb and explore some of the neighbouring haunts you’ve heard about but not tried yet, as well as the hidden ones you never knew existed.

If it’s one thing I can say about Sydneysiders (and I’m allowed to say it because I lived there most of my life) it’s that they don’t tend to explore a lot beyond their own suburb. Well, this book plans to shake things up a bit, giving you a curated guide to the best nearby eating, drinking and shopping destinations you can make your new local hotspot.

For tourists, it completely cuts the guesswork out of figuring out where to go when you visit Sydney. The book has all of the major, touristy venues in it (like Opera Bar, Bondi Icebergs and other iconic hotspots), but for the most part it’s packed with a tonne of the smaller, hidden gems you might not see on websites or in magazines.

It also encourages you to venture outside the city a little. Because if it’s another thing I can say about Sydney, it’s that SO much is happening on the city fringe and beyond. In fact, most of the stellar places to see and experience aren’t in the CBD itself.

The book is also packed with gorgeous imagery – a lot of which I took myself – as well as all the info you need for each of the recommended venues; names, addresses, phone numbers, opening times and the venues website. So it really does give you everything you need to plan your own little trip across Sydney.

Sydney Precincts Book by Chris Carroll

Win a Copy of Sydney Precincts!

If you’d like to go in the draw to win a copy of my new book, simply:

Drop a comment below telling me what you love about Sydney. It’s that easy!

And if you want to purchase a copy for a friend of family member, just click here.

Competition open to Australian residents only. Comp closes 11.59pm, Tuesday April 19.

Please note: this competitions has closed. The winners were Allan Stofer, Claudia Harris and Lizzy D.


Outside of writing the TLC Interiors blog, Chris is an interior stylist and author. You can also catch him on your TV screens as a designer on Channel 10's Changing Rooms. If you'd like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

Comments (17)

  • Anne Hodgettts

    My daughter and her family have just shifted to Sydney’ and this would be so helpful for them to get acquainted with their new home.

  • Deborah Bolam

    I love my home town Sydney always something happening I especially love the harbour the most beautiful in the world

  • Gayle Vos

    Sydney is a place where you can explore for years and still never see everything

  • Debra McCulloch

    Love the vibe, love the shopping, love the dining experiences, love that Sydney is leafy and green with exciting architecture. What’s not to like is my question?

  • Justine

    I love that you can walk through a dark doorway on a whim and find yourself eating pizza in a Comedy Club with $5 Margheritas. Or you can stumble into a shop and find yourself having your palm read whilst your partner buys a shark tooth. Or you can step out of your hotel to see that a night noodle market is happening on your door step. Or maybe you have breakfast at Circular Quay and book a cruise on the ship parked in front of you… Sydney has many whimsical possibilities, which I love because the best times are spontaneous…

  • Allan

    I love exploring Sydney! My favourite days here are spent doing the Bondi to Coogee walk and grabbing brunch with my husband. I also love browsing the many homeware stores around town, convincing him of what our next purchase should be. Chris, you’re not the only one who has to convince their partner to get another throw cushion.

  • Janell hall

    Love exploring ‘the rocks’ The food, history & shops!!! It never gets boring!

  • Lizzy D.

    Sydney has so much to offer so much diversity a lot of pride and friendly people enjoying themselves.
    I love taking guests out and about around Sydney and beyond on land and water looking for activities to stretch the imagination. Your book will be a asset in my home.

  • Michelle

    I’ve lived in Sydney all my life, couldn’t imagine living anywhere else..,and it still amazes me the many locations I still discover by accident or a friend shares with me..,

  • Claudia

    Although I love travelling and always dream of moving elsewhere; every time I return home I remember why Sydney is so wonderful. It’s not simply due to the fact that it’s home. I love the vast contrast between the old and the new; the hustle and bustle of the city and the quick drive that allows one to explore nature. The city icons such as the Harbour Bridge and Opera House always remind me why tourists flock to the city. The hidden gems tucked away in nearby CBD suburbs. I’m thrilled to see what new wonders your book can show me!

  • veraneeka

    Love the night life, Sydney harbour bridge, Restaurants, shopping, walking through the gardens whats not to like about Sydney has everything you need culture art and creativity,

  • Jaine

    Love, love, love Sydney and it’s hills, stunning architecture, leafy streets and glimpses of the harbour. And, there’s the world class restaurants, great coffee and cafes, amazing local designers in both fashion and homewares, boutique hotels and the nightlife. And I do love how each little precinct has developed its own persona over the years. So much to explore!

  • Sam c

    I love the food in Sydney. Especially Laduree.

  • Nicole

    I love Sydney weather you can enjoy sunshine at the beach even in Winter

  • Cath

    We had lots of fun exploring Sydney as a family – I’d love to go back and make a return trip to the delicious Flour and Stone bakery and also visit Wendy Whitely’s secret garden for the first time.

  • Tien

    Sydney my love, Sydney my city.
    Such amazing beauty.
    Sydney my love, Sydney my city.
    Love the Sun –
    So much fun,
    Splendour and majesty,
    Harbour Bridge – what a beauty.
    Sydney my love, Sydney my city.
    Green green trees,
    Heavenly blowing cool cool breeze,
    Kissing the shore waves sporty.
    Sydney my love, Sydney my city.
    Fort Dension, port Jackson,
    Kings Cross, Opera attraction,
    Harbour bridge, Bondi beach,
    Place to find calm & peace,
    Marvels of humanity.
    Sydney my love, Sydney my city.
    Kangaroo, emu, blue mountain,
    Adventure, romance, 4x, fun.
    Flora fauna, folk, fidelity.
    Sydney my love, Sydney my city.

  • Kerry Andrew

    I live in Perth, but love visiting Sydney. Besides the great shopping and eating, the highlight for me will always be the water. I love playing on the ferries and admiring the beautiful houses along the way. The Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House are so iconic, with good reason, there is something comforting just seeing them.
    On my last visit I took to exploring the suburbs, which has totally opened up a whole new Sydney for me to see! Looking forward to my next visit and will definitely be getting my hands on this book, so I don’t miss anything!


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