• The former bad lands

SAW Bike Tour 01 – Three-Suburbs South

An insiders tour with a two-wheeled, architectural twist.

Quick Details

  • Tour led by a practising architect.
  • Nominated as one of the world’s top five architecture tours by The Sydney Morning Herald.
  • Nominated as one of the world’s top ten architecture tours by The Guardian UK.
  • Winner of TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2012-2018.

Duration: 4 hours (including coffee break)

Group Size: Max 12 people

Tour Details.

Over recent decades the inner-city, former working-class ‘burbs’ of Waterloo, Redfern and Surry Hills have undergone massive change. No longer associated with poverty and crime they now boast many of the city’s most popular cafes, bars and restaurants and have a thriving creative scene with something to be discovered around every corner.

Sticking to bike paths, back lanes and quiet street, our route and conversation will be structured around a number of contemporary projects, contested sites, and politically charged themes. You will discover inspired renovations, new houses, public and cultural buildings, contemporary landscapes, infill developments on tiny sites as well as large, mixed-use developments as we discuss the new ideas shaping how we live in our private and public realms.

Taking centre stage will be a suite of projects by local heroes Neeson Murcutt ArchitectsSJB, Angelo Candalepas, Breathe Architecture, John James, Ian Moore, Raffaello Rosselli and Andy Macdonald.

This tour is no touristic join-the-dots. It’s an exploration of a city by stealth that will reveal an altogether different side to Sydney than the one you may have imagined.

Meeting Location.

Prince Alfred Park & Pool (outside). 105 Chalmers St, Surry Hills. There is a cafe at the entry called Whisk & Paddle.

What Else.

  • You will need your own bike. There are various bike-hire and bike-share operators to choose from. Details will be emailed to you with your tickets.
  • If you have a Gift Card, enter the code in the next window.
  • Please bring your ticket for scanning either printed or on your phone.
  • Please arrive at the meeting point 10 minutes prior to tour departure.
  • Tickets are transferrable and cancellable up to 72 hours before the event.
  • 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.

What if the weather is awful?

  • We will not compromise your safety (and we’re not complete sadists) so if it looks like there will be awful 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) the tour is cancelled.

Further Enquiries.

Email [email protected]