A walking tour in Sydney

Australia trip - Sydney - Walking Tour - Queen Victoria Building - Islay

Islay – The Queen Victoria’s favourite dog

What should we, as visitors, do to know about a city better?

Well, how about doing a city tour? And even better, how about doing a walking city tour!

Yes, just from the name we already know that it’s indeed a tour that we do on foot! 8O

So we browsed online, and found this walking tour called I’m Free Walking Tour. How long is the walking tour? Well, brace yourself … It’s a 3-hour walking tour (with 15 minutes break in the middle)! But, we didn’t feel tired at all, well perhaps we were too excited at that time haha!

This walking tour is different with other walking tour, as this one is freeeee!! But of course we gave a tip at the end of the tour.

Although this walking tour is free, doesn’t mean it’s not good. In fact, it’s a great tour! Ross the tour guide is very friendly and knowledgeable about his city! His? Yes! He has lived in Sydney many many years that mean more than us! Lol! Ross also explained many things during the stops, where mostly is about the history.

The starting point is always at the Town Hall, near the construction of the Town Hall, and the tour ended in Sydney Harbour.

So here are some photos from the walking tour with little information … :)

The Town Hall of Sydney
This is the starting point for the I’m Free walking tour.

Australia trip - Sydney - Walking Tour - Town Hall

Town Hall in Sydney

Queen Victoria Building
In front of the Queen Victoria Building, there’s a statue of Queen Victoria and also the statue of Queen’s favourite dog ‘Islay’. The statue of Islay is actually served as a wishing well, where all the coins that are collected will be donated.

Australia trip - Sydney - Walking Tour - Queen Victoria statue in front of Queen Victoria Building

Queen Victoria Building in Sydney

Hyde Park
The Hyde Park in Sydney is located in Elizabeth Street. Inside the complex, can be found a fountain called Archibald Fountain and also St. Mary’s cathedral.

Australia trip - Sydney - Walking Tour - Hyde Park

Hyde Park in Sydney

Australia trip - Sydney - Walking Tour - Hyde Park - Archibald Fountain

Archibald Fountain in Hyde Park – Sydney

Australia trip - Sydney - Walking Tour - Hyde Park - St. Mary's Cathedral

St. Mary’s Cathedral near Hyde Park in Sydney

The famous Sydney Tower Eye
Also known as ‘The Golden Bucket’, is a good place to get a panoramic view of Sydney!

Australia trip - Sydney - Walking Tour - Sydney Tower Eye (Golden Bucket)

Sydney Tower Eye aka The Golden Bucket

Yahoo!7 TV channel (in Phillip Street)

Australia trip - Sydney - Walking Tour - Phillip Street - Channel 7

Yahoo!7 TV channel in Sydney

General Post Office Sydney
General Post Office or GPO Sydney is located at Martin Place, the pathway between George Street and Pitt Street was used as a setting for Matrix and Superman Returns! I can’t believe I didn’t take picture of this pathway! Lol.

Australia trip - Sydney - Walking Tour - General Post Office (GPO) Sydney

General Post Office in Martin Place, Sydney

The Forgotten Songs
If you passed Angel place, you will see plenty of birdcages, but actually there are no birds inside. They use this as a decoration and add bird noise from 50 different bird species!

Australia trip - Sydney - Walking Tour - Angel Place - The Forgotten Songs

The Forgotten Songs in Angel Place, Sydney

Waiting
The man with the newspaper sculpture (who is waiting for something/someone) sits in the Australia Square in George Street. This sculpture is made by John Seward Johnson II.

Australia trip - Sydney - Walking Tour - George Street - Australia Square - Waiting Bronze Statue

Waiting – A bronze sculpture by John Seward Johnson II

Thomas Sutcliffe Mort
This statue is located in Macquarie Place, where near this statue there’s a single cannon. This cannon was actually as a defense weapon in the past.

Australia trip - Sydney - Walking Tour - Macquarie Place - Thomas Sutcliffe Mort

Thomas Sutcliffe Mort in Macquarie Place, Sydney

Customs House Library
Located in Alfred Street (in front of Circular Quay), this library has a miniature (maket) of the city of Sydney inside the building.

Australia trip - Sydney - Walking Tour - Alfred Street - Customs House Library

The Customs House Library in Alfred Street, Sydney

Australia trip - Sydney - Walking Tour - Alfred Street - Customs House Library - Sydney miniature (maket)

The miniature of Sydney inside the Customs House Library – Sydney

Sydney Harbour
Well of course the tour would pass this Sydney Harbour with the view of Sydney Opera House haha!

Australia trip - Sydney - Walking Tour - Sydney Harbour

Sydney Harbour with Sydney Opera House in the background

Clocktower Square – The Rocks

Australia trip - Sydney - Walking Tour - The Rocks - Clocktower Square

Clocktower Square in The Rocks, Sydney

The Tunnel!
From The Rocks area to the Argyle Street, we passed a very large tunnel. This tunnel was actually a hill, and to make this big hole to become a tunnel, they sent many convicts to dig the hole! They realized they need something better to make the hole faster, so they used a large explosive!

Australia trip - Sydney - Walking Tour - Argyle Street - Tunnel

The tunnel between The Rocks and Argyle Street

Terraces House in Argyle Street

Australia trip - Sydney - Walking Tour - Argyle Street - Terrace House

Terraces House in Argyle Street

Sydney Harbour Bridge
Another icon in Sydney that won’t be missed during a tour! :D

Australia trip - Sydney - Walking Tour - Sydney Harbour Bridge (1)

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney Harbour view with many office buildings!

Australia trip - Sydney - Walking Tour - Sydney Harbour and the office buildings

Sydney Harbour

Many insights and knowledge that I got from this walking tour, and the info that are given here, are actually very limited.

So I recommended this walking tour when you’re in Sydney.

To get more info about this walking tour, please visit the I’m Free Walking Tour.

Australia trip - Sydney - Walking Tour - Ross (I'm Free Tour Guide)

This is Ross, the tour guide of I’m Free Walking Tour. I love his sling bag! Where did he buy that? :o

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Accommodation: Sydney Harbour YHA

Author: Timothy Wirjo Pawiro

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  1. Foto-fotonya bagus-bagus. Saya tertarik yang judulnya “he Forgotten Songs in Angel Place, Sydney”, itu kandang burung di gang, ada isinya atau hiasan saja? :D.

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    • Iya itu emang sengaja diletakkin di sana, bagus ya aku jg suka. Unik :). Di situ ga ada burungnya, tp ada suaranya aja hehe :D

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  2. 3 hours walk might sound too much for most Indonesians, especially those who are accustomed to the comfort of car or even bikes, like me. :) But when I went to Xingping in Southern China with James a few months ago, we took a 6-hour hiking. For me that was the longest walk I’ve ever taken, so far. But it appears that for many ‘bule’ or even HKers hiking for 2-3 hours is considered normal. So I think it clearly shows how we need to work out more. :)

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    • 6 hours is long! Haha, but I bet u didn’t feel tired at all that time, right , especially I think the weather was cool?

      I actually prefer walking than biking. I did biking in bali before, and need to pay attention to the traffic and so on. It seemed that I needed to speed up as someone was behind me haha!

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    • Yeah me too, love walking tour! Jadi kita bisa take a moment to enjoy the object and take photos haha!

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  3. Its nice to know that there is a free walking tour in sydney. We didnt know that when we went there before. Hopefully, we can visit Sydney before end of the year and will try this walking tour! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Great pictures ! I’d love to join the walking tour next time when I visit Sydney again. Thanks for the info :D

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