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Sydney Walking Tour Apps

These Sydney walking tour apps are a great way to explore the city on a budget. We have downloaded and tested all the apps here to make sure they do what they say they do. Read on for our reviews of the best apps for walking in Sydney. 

Updated: July 13 2019

Every time I start planning a holiday one of the first things I do is hunt down self-guided walks or free walks to use while I am there. The best way to discover a new city is to explore it on foot.  Nothing beats walking around a place to get a feel for it and discover your own hidden gem

As my next holiday is still a few weeks away, I thought I might amuse myself by road-testing some Sydney walking apps. I was surprised how many are available, most of them free and the content very good.

I trialled these on my Samsung phone when possible, but if an Android version was not available, I used my husbands iPhone.

Sydney Culture Walks

  Sydney Sculpture Walk

Produced by The City of Sydney council the Sydney Culture Walks app is pretty comprehensive – if you walked everything they cover it would take you several days.

Perfect for art and history buffs, the walks help you uncover the stories of our city step-by-step.  The current version offers ten walks covering Australian history, art, architecture  and culture.

The routes are also ideal for locals who want to know more about the places they stroll past all the time, and they are perfect for gaining knowledge to impress friends who come to visit.

Sydney Sculpture Walk

The first walk I trialled, the Sydney Sculpture Walk, also turned out to be my favourite. It’s an excellent choice for visitors with plenty of photo opportunities along the route. The walk starts at Art Gallery Road and heads down to the harbour via the Royal Botanic Gardens. It covers lots of  my favourite public art and it’s an easy stroll full of great photo opportunities like this one.

The Seed
The Seed by Bronwyn Oliver in the Royal Botanic Gardens 

Related: A Sydney walk from Hyde Park to the Botanic Gardens 

Sydney History Walk

History Buffs might prefer the Colony tour that takes in Circular Quay, the Rocks and Millers Point. It includes quite a bit of background reading on the city’s early days. Most of the other walks so far are a little obscure for visitors in my opinion but regular updates are promised so hopefully they will take this into account in future versions.
Features:

  • Offline access so no huge data spend
  • Search by location and themes
  • PDF versions of some of the walks are available for download in English, Japanese, Chinese and Korean.

Price:  Free – download for Android or  iPhone
Rating:  9.5/10

We also have a Rocks self guided walk you might like to check out.

Chinatown Sydney

Chinatown Sydney Walking app
This app by the Haymarket Chamber of Commerce includes walks, a video tour and a local Chinatown dining guide, more than enough to make it worth downloading. It is based on walking tours by George Wing Kee, who was one of the founders of the chamber group.

There is also a short video you can watch that covers the main parts of the walk. Before you head off to read through the history section, so you have some knowledge of the background of the area. Also, don’t forget the cuisine guide, you will certainly build up an appetite walking past all these good restaurants.

Features:

  • Video – 7-minute video of the walk
  • Dining Guide
  • Glossary of Chinese cuisine

Price:  Free – download for Android or Apple version
Rating:  7.0/10

Dictionary of Sydney Walks

This app currently offers 3 walks and combines audio files that give lots of background on the areas covered.  We have reviewed the Irish walk below but there is alwso a walk covering Parramatta and Sydney Harbour Islands.

Old Irish Sydney Walk

Sydney Irish walking tour app
While the average Sydneysider has visited an Irish pub or two for many our knowledge of the Irish history of our city is limited.  For example, did you know that there was once a riot in Hyde Park? Or that Sydney has a stained glass window inspired by the Book of Kells?  This one-hour walking tour covers 12 sites beginning at Hyde Park.  I have Irish heritage so I might be biased but I enjoyed this one.  The audio was recorded by actors and is great.

Features:

  • Offline access
  • Includes more reading references for each stop for anyone who wants to delve further into the Irish history of Sydney
  • An easy walk covering a short area so good for those with limited time

Price:  Free – download for Android or  iPhone

Rating:  7.5/10

Sydney Train Walks App 

sydney walks by train

Sydney Train Walks might just be my new favourite app. This app highlight over 40 walks you can take using Sydney public transport stops as start and finish points.

Most of the walks are best suited to experienced walkers with many being 8-10 km and the average being 20 km! Of course, you can start and finish at points along the way for most of them if you are not up to a long hike.

The app includes detailed maps and lots of great photos to show you what you will encounter along the way. The website has a lot of the app content you can view when planning your next adventure.

Features:

  • Clear easy to follow maps
  • Photos so you can check where you are
  • Location of nearby food and drink to sustain you on your walk.

Price:  Free – download for Android or Apple version
Rating:  9.0/10

Sydney Walker App

Sydney Walking Apps (2)

The Sydney Walker app currently features 18 walking and cycling maps covering Sydney and suburbs. These are much shorter walks than those in the Walks by Train app, and they include some beautiful parts of Sydney, so they are perfect for visitors. The app is produced by Melways (a street directory publisher), so Melway maps feature.

Features:

  • Clear maps
  • Maps stored on your device, so no internet connection needed
  • Includes cycling maps where tracks exist

Price:  Free – download for Android or Apple version
Rating: 6.0/10

Walsh Bay Sculpture Walk App

This walk features seven artworks along the Walsh Bay waterfront between Piers 1 and 6.  The app includes a description of the works and details of the artists.  The first and best-known work is Jimmie Durham’s Still Life With Stone and Car which features a red car squashed by a giant rock. The app is good for what it is but is only a 30-minute walk at most.

Features:

  • Audio explaining the artworks
  • Additional languages – French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish
  • Includes cycling maps where tracks exist

Price:  Free – download for Android or Apple version
Rating: 6.0/10

Do you know of any new Sydney apps I should review?  Please let me know. 

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Stay tuned over coming weeks for more.  I have about 3-4 waiting on my phone for a test run.  In the meantime tell me, have you used any of these apps?  What do you think?   Are there any walking apps you would recommend for visitors?

Happy walking everyone!

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