An Expert Guide to Sydney: Lance Birkett

Amora Hotel Jamison concierge team leader Lance Birkett shares his tips for exploring Sydney this December.

What is a good outdoors activity with kids?
The newly opened Sydney Zoo, located in the western suburb of Bungarribee, looks spectacular! It’s extremely spacious and very kid-friendly. The zoo has some truly innovative animal interactions that will prove to be a huge hit with the kids. Located close to Raging Waters theme park in Prospect, you could certainly plan a great day with the kids in peak summertime.

What is your favourite off-the-beaten-path activity in Sydney?
In the Royal National Park, roughly one hour south of the city, you will find an amazing walking trail that leads you to the famous Figure 8 Pool, just south of Burning Palms Beach. Be prepared for a long walk: it is roughly six kilometres from the nearest car park, but entirely worth it. Don’t forget to check the tides before leaving as you need to get there at the right time of day. If you time it right, you will be greeted with a spectacular photo opportunity!

What is a good place to shop for beachwear?
Right in the heart of the city you will find Surf Dive ‘n’ Ski in Pitt Street Mall. If you can’t find what you are looking for there, it’s either not worth finding or it’s not in fashion! You will always find the latest trendy beachwear outfits, surf equipment and more.

If you wanted a nice meal on Saturday night but hadn't made a reservation, where would you go?
Biang Biang on Dixon Street in Chinatown has quickly become a favourite stop of mine. They serve up generous bowls of chewy noodles topped with pork, beef and a considerable amount of chilli—but not too much. Contrary to what you’d expect of such large servings, the price is extremely affordable. Before you’ve even finished your first bowl, you’ll start thinking about what to order next! My personal favorite is the Biang Biang noodles with beef.