Woollahra Walk Takes Place In February

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Explore the leafy streets of both Woollahra and Paddington with an experienced AAA volunteer architectural tour guide.

Come and enjoy this two hour walking tour and discover a wide range of architect designed houses and see how design has evolved within the area in the twenty-first century. The predominance of course is the terrace house but this typology comes in many different forms, from the traditional, to the infill, you will be surprised.

Once inhabited by the Cadigal clan, you will learn about the history of both Woollhara and Paddington.

Featured on the tour are designs by well known Australian architects such as Don Gazzard, Neville Gruzman, Glenn Murcutt, Peter Stronach and Alex Tzannes as well as architectural gems by less recognised architects.


Location: Meet outside the entry to the Phoenix Hotel, 1 Moncur Street, Woollahra NSW 2025
Time: 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Date: Saturday 8 February 2020
Tickets: $35 (Early Bird) / $45 (Public) / $30 (AAA Members)

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  • Image 1: Woollahra House 11, designed by Grove Architects

Walk Through Castlecrag This Saturday


Castlecrag is one of Sydney's most picturesque suburbs, perched on a rocky peninsula surrounded by the sparkling waters of Middle Cove. In the 1920s architects Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin planed the perfect garden suburb with small houses surrounded by trees and rocky outcrops. Little did they realise what property values would do to that dream.

Since the Griffin’s early development plan, Castlecrag has attracted the talents of some of Australia’s most interesting practitioners of architecture. The suburb is a time capsule, capturing how design styles have developed and evolved since early modernism of the twentieth century to the latest in contemporary design.

Castlecrag Walking Tour leader Ben Gerstel is a local architect who has developed two tours of Castlecrag that reveal the suburbs development from its earliest days as well as the most interesting architecture in its hilly streets by architects as familiar as Harry Seidler and little known as Hugh Buhrich.


Location: Meet at 265 Edinburgh Road, Castlecrag NSW 2068
Time: 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Date: Saturday 18 January 2020
Tickets: $35 (Early Bird) / $45 (Public) / $30 (AAA Members)

Click here to book your place on the tour and discover how architecture has developed in the area.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens, Ben Gerstel & Annette Dearing
  • Image: Audette House designed by architect Peter Muller
  • Image Source: Australian Architecture Association archive

Walk McMahons Point Tomorrow

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Come and enjoy a two hour walk in this small lower north shore peninsular suburb extending down to Sydney Harbour.

Explore McMahons Point with one of our experienced AAA volunteer guides.  On this tour you will learn about the area's colorful history and landmarks.  You will be shown a wonderful variety of housing types including the well known and controversial Blues Point Tower. Discover and learn about the Lookouts including the Lloyd Rees one, who was Australia's finest landscape painter.


Location: Meet at the entrance to the Blues Point Hotel, 116 Blues Point Road, McMahons Point, NSW 2020
Time: 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Date: Thursday 16 January 2020
Tickets: $35 (Early Bird) / $45 (Public) / $30 (AAA Members)

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On Friday Take A Walk Through Time

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Over two hours discover two hundred years of Sydney’s built history on the Walk Through Time tour. Join an Australian Architecture Association trained tour guide on Sunday 17 November, to discover how architecture has helped shape the landscape of the city.

Starting at one of the oldest remaining buildings of Sydney, Hyde Park Barracks, you will look at Sydney's humble start as a convict colony and how the architecture became more and more decorative during the Victorian period.

The 20th Century brought us influences from overseas such as Beaux-Arts, Art Deco and modernism.

We will show you post-war development of modernist thinking and the way post-modernism reacted against it.

By looking at Sydney Hilton and the Queen Victoria Building, you will discover how architects converted existing buildings and gave them a breath of new life.

Throughout the two hours, you will appreciate masterpieces of different architectural styles by different architects and witness how technological advances, economic and political forces shaped our city.


Location: Meet at the front of Main Gate of Hyde Park Barracks, 12 Macquarie Street Sydney NSW 2000
Time: 11.00am - 1.00pm
Date: Friday 17 January 2020
Tickets: $35 (Early Bird) / $45 (Public) / $30 (AAA Members)

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  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image: Reflections of the QVB Building on the Hilton Sydney
  • Photographer: Vincent Lam

Walk Sydney's Architecture during SYDFEST 2020

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The Sydney Festival - SYDFEST 2020 takes place 8-26 January. and there's no better way to celebrate the city than with an architectural walking tour. The AAA has some great walks on offer.


Explore Sydney's oldest residential suburb on The Rocks Walk, taking place 10.00am - 12.00pm Friday 10 January.

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Discover Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffins' vision for a garden suburb on the Castlecrag Walking tour 1, 2.00pm - 4.00pm Saturday 11 January.

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Experience the evolution of architecture in Ultimo on the Ultimo Walk, 11.00am - 12.30pm Wednesday 15 January.

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Enjoy views of Sydney Harbour from the north on the McMahons Point Walk, 2.00pm - 4.00pm on Thursday 16 January.

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Take a walk through two hundred years of architecture on the Walk Through Time walking tour, 11.00am - 1.00pm Friday 17 January.

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Discover more architectural gems in Castlecrag on the Castlecrag Walking Tour 2, 2.00pm - 4.00pm Saturday 18 January.

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Discover other events taking place during SYDFEST 2020 by CLICKING HERE.

Article: Vanessa Couzens

  • Image 1: The MCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) Sydney designed by Sam Marshall (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)
  • Image 2: Residence in Castlecrag, designed by Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)
  • Image 3: Sydney Technical College building, designed by William Edmund Kemp (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)
  • Image 4: Blues Point Hotel, originally designed by Justelius and Frederick, renovations by Carter Williamson Architects  (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)
  • Image 5: Reflections of the Queen Victoria Building (QVB), originally designed by George McRae (Photographer: Vincent Lam)
  • Image 6: The Audette House, designed by Peter Muller (Photographer: Vanessa Couzens)