Beyond the icons and behind the scenery in Sydney
This weekend I took advantage of the spectacular Sydney Spring weather and ventured no more than a few minutes from my own front door and only moments from the Sydney CBD to join a walking tour of some of the city’s colourful inner-city suburbs, the creative hubs of Surry Hills and Darlinghurst.
The small-group walking tour uncovered hidden urban art galleries and laneways full of colourful history. Together we discovered vintage fashion gems and sampled perfectly aged cheeses, passed some of the city’s hottest restaurants and cool design hubs .. and met the engaging locals behind so many of these secret Sydney finds.
Our knowledgeable and passionate guide, Sophia, shared the legends of Sydney’s gritty razor gang history and brought thought-provoking artworks to life with her fascinating insights. Walking at an easy pace and during a coffee-stop at one of Sophia’s favourite local café, there was plenty of opportunity to enjoy relaxed banter and casual conversation about the city past and present, about food and fashion, art and architecture, vintage and visionary, culture and creativity. For me, the coffee stop was one of the morning’s highlights and not only for the great coffee ! An inspiring not-for-profit business that celebrates Australia’s multiculturalism and vibrancy through fabulous food, art-exhibitions and events. It is exactly these kinds of places and spaces that Culture Scouts seek out and share .. a number of these fabulous local finds are already on my list to revisit.
Three hours later, a group of locals and international visitors (I was joined by two Sydneysiders, a couple from the US and a couple from the Netherlands), we all left the tour having discovered and delighted in some of the city’s most creative hidden gems.
Culture Scouts offer a range of scheduled small-group short walking tours that explore Sydney’s inner-city villages; from Chippendale to Chinatown – each with their own unique flavour and focus.
Together with Culture Scouts, Southern Crossings have also curated an exclusive itinerary that takes visitors beyond the well-trodden tourist trail to provide our clients with a unique and contemporary insight into the local’s Sydney. The four-hour private tour provides a window into the city’s colourful history of crime and corruption alongside an introduction to Sydney’s contemporary cuisine, creativity and culture. Traversing on foot, a corner for Sydney where former breweries and factories now house fabulous restaurants and inspirational creative spaces, Culture Scouts’ engaging local guides provide insights to area’s history and heritage whilst introducing visitors to some exceptional private art galleries (with opportunities to tour the stockrooms with the gallery’s curator), fabulous street art (and the captivating stories behind them) and delicious local eateries and food producers (with opportunities to taste their wares). The itinerary can also be further tailored to suit visitors’ specific interests.
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