- SAW Bike Tour -
Five-Suburb Sydney Dérive
For decades, the suburbs immediately south and west of the city like Surry Hills, Redfern and Chippendale were a cultural no-mans land associated with pestilence, poverty and crime. In recent years, this part of Sydney has experienced a resurgance in popularity with a steady influx of young creatives and a thriving contemporary art, architecture and design scene. Sure enough, the money followed.
sydney aerial
Taking on Orwells mantra "four wheels good, two wheels better" we will drift along the city's formerly-industrial western waterfront before plucking out the most interesting and provocative architectural projects and hidden gems in nearby suburbs Ultimo, Chippendale, Redfern, Waterloo and Surry Hills.
walsh bay surry hills library surry hills library
Sticking to bike paths, back lanes and quiet streets, the route and conversation will be structured around a number of contemporary projects, contested sites and politically charged themes. We will look at enormous development sites like Barangaroo and Central Park, new projects by Frank Gehry and Jean Nouvel, the incredible new pool and park by Neeson Murcutt as well as a number of houses, multi-unit housing, social housing, a library and the winner of the WAF 2011 Best House in the World!
walsh bay stirling house cope street housing
This is no touristic join-the-dots of familiar places. Its an exploration of a very different side of Sydney. An insiders tour with a two-wheeled architectural twist.
- Bike Tour Details -
$90 General/$80 Concession (you have your own bike).
$120 General/$110 Concession (includes bike hire).
Max 12 people per tour
9.30am-2.30pm (includes half-hour coffee-break)
The route is as safe and quiet as possible, a combination of bicycle paths, pavements, laneways and back streets. However, you will still need to be a reasonably confident cyclist
. Gloves are a great idea if its cold, and a sun visor or beanie will fit under your helmet. Sunscreen is also a great idea (don't forget the back of your neck and hands!). Rain coat provided in case of unexpected wet weather.
We will not compromise your safety (and we're not complete sadists) so if it looks like there will be shitty weather (and we're not talking a little bit of drizzle) the tour will be cancelled and you will receive a full refund. We require a cell/mobile number as part of your booking and will contact you at least 90 minutes before the scheduled tour if (and only if) it is cancelled.
Your payment is fully refundable if your booking is cancelled 72 hours or more before hand. The 100% refund will be applied directly to your credit card. Payment will not be refunded for any other reason (i.e. weather, change of travel plans, illness, missed train, missed plane, overslept...) within 72 hours of the scheduled tour.
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"The bike tour is really loose and fun – perhaps a little bit dangerous. Not the route but the conversation! A really surprising side of the city is revealed as we focus on the inner-city suburbs that are undergoing the most rapid gentrification. They are in flux and the tension is palpable. Even locals that live and work in this part of Sydney are surprised by the projects we unearth. It's fab!"
- Interview in Timeout-Sydney
For decades, the suburbs immediately south of the city like Surry Hills, Redfern and Chippendale were a cultural no-mans-land; suburbs associated with pestilence, poverty and crime. In recent years this part of town has experienced a resurgance in popularity with young creatives and a thriving contemporary art, architecture and design scene which equals rapid change and all that entails. This tour is an exploration of these gritty inner city suburbs and uses provocative and inspiring examples of contemporary architecture to flesh out some of these ideas weaving a very different narrative about Sydney.























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