Sydney Architecture Walks

Urban tours for the design-inclined

Sydney Architecture Walks

Urban tours for the design-inclined

Sydney Architecture Walks

Urban tours for the design-inclined

Sydney Architecture Walks

Urban tours for the design-inclined

Sydney Architecture Walks

Urban tours for the design-inclined

Sydney Architecture Walks

Urban tours for the design-inclined

Sydney Architecture Walks

Urban tours for the design-inclined

We are architects and we conduct tours of Sydney that are open to the general public.

Aimed at the level of the expert-enthusiast, our tours explore ideas through architecture offering an interface between in-depth architectural knowledge and the wider design-conscious community. Conversations are informal, each tour driven by particular themes and threads that attempt to decode the city whilst stimulating new ways of thinking about and seeing Sydney.

Taking the form of a series of urban provocations, our tours are jargon-free exercises in story-telling. We want you to understand the why of the city whilst we explore the most provocative and inspiring projects Sydney houses – works of contemporary architecture, public art and landscape that inspire and delight but also projects that reveal something of Sydney’s grimy pulse. If a project is awesome we celebrate it, if it’s rubbish we take note as we reveal the vibrant network of invisible forces – political, economic, environmental and cultural that give the city form.

Get SAW feet. Sydney will never look the same again. Promise!

Walking Tours

2 to 3 hours. Small groups. From $39/pp.

Bicycle Tours

4 hours. Small groups. From $80/pp.

Tour Calendar

Things nice people said...

“De géniales "conversations architecturales": un must!"

– Cartoville Sydney | Florence Lagrange-Leader

“A refreshing exercise for the jaded urban palate is to flip into foreigner mode and walk our city streets as if they were exotic. Sydney Architecture Walks... offering a handful of downtown routes... offering insights into architecture's non-visible world of unbuilt designs, political tensions and historical twists. Here's a chance to remember how vivid and exciting Sydney can seem. Recommended, three hats."

– The Sydney Morning Herald | Elizabeth Farrelly

"A highly thought-provoking walk around the edge of Sydney harbour, looking at how geology, history, money and architects have shaped the city. An excellent architectural walk. The guide was full of knowledge and enthusiasm. I have come from the walk enriched by the experience."

– TripAdvisor
First Prize

"These walks and tours draw the wider population into an experienced discourse, and provide people with new insights and ways of looking at both every day and special urban environments."

– Jury Citation | ArchiTeam Awards

"A journey not to be missed SAW 3 - Harbourings was easily one of the best experiences Sydney has to offer. Eoghan set the scene for what truly was to become a new perspective of Sydney. Words likely will not do justice to the passion, heart, wisdom and magical way in which Eoghan is able to articulate the story of the City he calls home. You should make sure you don’t miss this on your visit. The Utzon Opera House tour is also a gem!"

– TripAdvisor

"After this riveting tour I'll never think of, look at or visit the Sydney Opera House in the same old way again. Not your average tour but an informed, fascinating, at times witty, and certainly comprehensive experience. Our passionate and erudite guide gave us real depth - geological, sociological, design, engineering, innovation, politics and more, ending with the poignant "return" of Architect Jørn Utzon...Take this walk! I couldn't recommend it highly enough."

– TripAdvisor

"The ironies pile up in this excellent walk, led by Eoghan Lewis, who in addition to being a professional architect and Opera House expert is an inspired storyteller. Lewis paints a picture of an eccentric man with a singular artistic vision; blinkered, self-interested politicians; and a project that saw the light of day through what can only be described as a series of miraculous misfortunes."

– Timeout | Sydney's Best Tours

"The Sydney Architecture Walks are the urban equivalent of stopping and smelling the roses or, rather, stopping to notice the fine detail on the parquetry and run our hands over the terracotta. Artworks, previously invisible against the hubbub of the city suddenly come into focus. It has changed how I feel about my adopted home town revealed a depth I never thought it had and shown me the link between architecture and cultural expression. Sometimes, the investment of a couple of hours can make you see your own world a whole lot differently."

– traveller.com.au | Kylie Davis

"I went on the SAW 6 tour of George Street. Ben was outstanding. He was able to translate not only the architecture but the history, the politics, the geography, and design to the non-specialists. It was informative, interesting and very well thought out. I highly recommend it."

– TripAdvisor

“Thank you for a fabulous, fabulous architectural talk yesterday, the ladies were spell bound, I've never heard them so quiet. Your explanation / story about Utzon and the Opera house was simply wonderful. I've had so much positive feedback"

– Sydney Womens International Club | Lynne Kendal

"I went for the SAW1 The City, Sydney tour. It was extremely fascinating hearing about the story behind each of the buildings covered as a part of the tour. Eoghan is an excellent narrator who retains the interest of the attendees throughout the tour. Would highly recommend Sydney Architecture Walks!"

– TripAdvisor