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!
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.
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.
The famous Sydney Tower Eye
Also known as ‘The Golden Bucket’, is a good place to get a panoramic view of Sydney!
Yahoo!7 TV channel (in Phillip Street)
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Well of course the tour would pass this Sydney Harbour with the view of Sydney Opera House haha!
Clocktower Square – The Rocks
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!
Terraces House in Argyle Street
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Another icon in Sydney that won’t be missed during a tour!
Sydney Harbour view with many office buildings!
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.
My Australia trip series:
- It’s Australia, mate!
- Fly me to Sydney …
- IMAX and the giant rubber duck in Darling Harbor!
- Sydney Opera House: A tour …
- Sydney Opera House: A show called La Soirée …
- Visiting Taronga Zoo in Sydney
- Bondi or Manly??
Accommodation: Sydney Harbour YHA