Self-Guided Walking Tour of Sydney

Secrets of Central Sydney: historic architecture and opulence from Town Hall to Circular Quay


Start from Introduction at Town hall: the grand sandstone structures of Sydney's centre, Sydney

Duration 95-100 min

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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 stunning structures, sculptures and street-scapes that helped transform Sydney from a colonial town to a opulent international city over the 2nd half of the 19th century. We'll admire magnificent sandstone buildings hidden amidst contemporary sky-scrapers, wander through old-world arcades and uncover the fascinating stories behind the historic art and architecture that forged Sydney's urban identity.

Created by Max Burns-McRuvie

Highlights ✨

Introduction at Town hall: the grand sandstone structures of Sydney's centre

The Queen Victoria Statue and her influence on 19th century Sydney

The glorious Queen Victoria Building inside and out

Sydney's iconic State Theatre and Art Decor architecture

The old world shopping experience of The Strand Arcade

The mighty General Post Office of Sydney at Martin Place

Hidden laneways and installations at Angel Place

The old Sydney Morning Herald Newspaper Headquarters

Sydney's lost fresh water source at Tank Stream Way

The grand sandstone strip of old Bridge Street

The 1818 Obelisk of Distances at Macquarie Place

The abandoned Public Convenience of 1808

Inside Customs House: a view of Sydney's city then and now

Final Stop: a reflection of Circular Quay and The Rocks at the end of the 19th century

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