The film showcases Palm Beach, where you used to live. What are your top tips for Sydney’s northern beaches?
The Boathouse cafe [on the Pittwater side of Palm Beach] has brilliant service and food. In Avalon, Bookoccino book shop is an institution, as is the Bistro Boulevard French restaurant and the Avalon cinema. I also love the F.O.C! Furniture on Consignment shop – lots of bargain gems.

I only do horse-riding holidays. It’s the best way to experience the wilderness.

Rachel Ward, actor and director

Do you ever get to travel alone?
Never. I’m lucky enough to have a farm in the Nambucca Valley [on the mid-north coast of NSW, near Macksville], where I go to ride my horses. Sometimes I take Bryan on a leading rein. (Just joking.)

Favourite go-to family holiday?
I only do horse-riding holidays. The last one was Villa Abbitas Equestrian Centre in Romania, and I’m heading to Spain with Freerein Riding Holidays in September. It’s the best way to experience the people, the history and the wilderness. I avoid cities at all cost – I need my space.

“Palm Beach” was inspired by a family Christmas in the UK. Universal

So it’s all about the horses, but, er, this is our cruise issue … Sorry – I loathe boats. My idea of hell is being stuck on something I can’t get off with a bunch of randoms. The only time I tried it was a cruise up the Mekong River in Vietnam. To be fair, I did enjoy that.

Favourite Seat 1A story?
Everything is fun about flying business and first class. The hosties are extra friendly and helpful – and I love pushing the button to put up the dividing screen if Bryan is snoring or being extra annoying. I only wish I had one at home.

Palm Beach opens nationally on August 8.

The 60-page bumper cruise issue of Sophisticated Traveller is out on Friday, August 2 inside The Australian Financial Review. Follow Sophisticated Traveller on Instagram.

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