An Expert Guide to Sydney: Gary Chan

Hyatt Regency Sydney assistant chief concierge Gary Chan shares his tips for exploring Sydney in February.

What is your favourite summertime activity in the city?
The Bondi to Coogee coastal walk is one of my favourite outdoor activities during summer.  Whether you start at Bondi Beach or Coogee Beach, there are plenty of stops along the way.  My recommendation is that you take your time enjoying the cliff-top views and sit back to relax with a light meal or coffee along the route.

Lunar New Year celebrations are in full swing this month. How would you recommend celebrating?
Kung Hei Fat Choy! The Lunar New Year celebrations are not complete without the 1,000-year-old tradition of lion dancing. The lions are said to bring good fortune and chase away evil spirits. Another event not to miss is the Dragon Boat Races held from 1–2 February near Cockle Bay Wharf. With more than 3,000 paddlers, Darling Harbour will turn into a sea of bright colours and loud drummers as 12-metre dragon boats battle it out on the water.

What is your favourite waterfront restaurant in Sydney?
Catalina offers a contemporary Australian menu, is a short journey out of the CBD and has spectacular water views. At lunchtime, keep a look out for sea planes taking off and landing; during dinner, enjoy the sun as it sets behind the skyline.

The lock-out laws have officially been relaxed. Where would you go for a late-night drink in the city?
Baxter Inn. Hidden down a flight of stairs in an alleyway, it is the perfect place for someone who enjoys whiskey.  Watch in amazement as your bartender climbs up rolling library ladders to access the top-shelf whiskeys on offer. Bulletin Place Bar is perfect for someone who does not want to have the same drink twice. Their selection of Australian beers rotates every three weeks.