Self-Guided Walking Tour of Sydney

Historic icons of Sydney Harbour: Botanic Gardens to the Opera House


Start from Introduction: Sydney icons & the Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney

Duration 110-115 min

Available offline


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About 🔎

Hello, I'm Max Burns-McRuvie, a Sydney historian and owner of the tour company Journey Walks. This audio adventure explores the amazing icons and super structures that have helped shape Sydney’s global identity over the last two centuries. Our tour route will begin at the temple-like Art Gallery of NSW and explore the hidden gems, forgotten history and incredible icons found on throughout Botanic Gardens and harbour front. We’ll complete our journey with unbeatable views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House as we unpack the fascinating narratives behind these defining symbols of contemporary Sydney. 2.5-3 hours are recommended. Freedom to explore extra locations while you listen to audio clips. Recommendations for refreshment stops and further experiences included.

Created by Max Burns-McRuvie

Highlights ✨

Introduction: Sydney icons & the Art Gallery of NSW

Historic entrance gates & the Botanical Gardens

First European garden patch at Farm Cove 1788

Mrs Macquarie: her influence, road & chair

The Garden Palace & International Exhibition of 1879

Indigenous ceremonies at Farm Cove 1795

The Garden Palace fire disaster of 1882

Macquarie's 'Palace for Horses' and the Convict Architect

The NSW Government House of 1845

Pinch Gut Island & Fort Denison

Fort Macquarie at Bennelong Point

Sydney Harbour Bridge construction story

The iconic Sydney Opera House

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