Architectural Walkabout

Sydney’s history and architectural story

The Splendour Difference

Splendour Tailored Tours are your highly trusted, incredibly well-connected, innovative experience provider for everything Sydney and NSW.  The day is yours and we’re here to tailor it any way you like.

Discover Sydney’s Eclectic Architecture

A unique way to fully understand Sydney’s “lay of the land”, discover the city’s fascinating architecture as your host captivates you with remarkable details about its design and creation.
Image of Sydney City as seen on the Sydney sightseeing private tour - Half Day Architectural Walkabout Sydney Tour


Despite being so young on a global scale, Sydney’s architectural story is incredibly rich and diverse. Your host is a spunky award-winning Architectural Urbanist, passionate about all things design and sustainability.  He will provide you with a real sense of the city’s orientation, settlement and evolution over the course of the walking tour.

Your day will start with an architectural bang – visiting Jørn Utzon’s famous Sydney Opera House, which is perhaps Sydney’s most renowned and most beautiful architectural destination.

An image of the Sydney Opera House on the Private Architectural Tour of Sydney


Along the way, you’ll hear about how famous international architects have moulded and played an important role in the development of the city and you will visit iconic buildings such as Custom’s House, the Museum of Sydney and the Department of Lands. Walk through the city loop which takes in Australia Square, Martin Place and Bligh Street.

Another fact you will learn is that Sydney-siders take their coffee very seriously. Visit a quintessential Sydney café to enjoy an outstanding coffee and morning tea treat.

An image of the unique architecture at Australia Square on the Private Architectural Tour of Sydney


At the tail end of the tour you will swap the city streets for the majestic Royal Botanical Gardens, passing ancient trees and Aboriginal sacred sites, all enhanced by the iconic harbour views.

The final stop today will be a local restaurant at the historic Woolloomooloo Wharf for some well-deserved Sydney rock oysters and champagne with your host. Toast to an amazing day of discovery and local connections.


Here are some inclusions on our Architectural Walkabout tour
Hosted by a Senior Specialised Splendour Host
Morning Tea
Sealed Australian bottled water and hand sanitiser
Walking Tour highlighting architectural sights
Glass of champagne or wine and 1/2 dozen oysters at Manta
Option to tailor the itinerary
Prices vary based on inclusions and number in your private party. Get in touch for a quote.

Profile: One of Splendour’s Architectural Hosts

A Sydney boy, born and bred – Benjamin has always had a connection to both the natural and man-made world – textures, leaves, stones, trees, as well as creatures. He is an avid gardener and quite often finds himself at home outside collecting, observing and absorbing how things function.

Although he has a Masters degree in Architecture, he’s ultimately an ‘urbanist’ – having a keen interest in how cities grow, function and provide for us all. From the macro set-out and alignments of city structure to the quality and pattern of the paving on a footpath, he’s obsessed with it all.

Ben lives in Surry Hills and lives and breathes the lifestyle. He’s charismatic, charming and insanely intelligent.

What our clients say

“What a wonderful morning we had with Benjamin. An extraordinary young man with a wealth of knowledge to share all about Sydney, and all its SPLENDOURS. My friend also got along with Benjamin like a house fire. Together, their combined knowledge of Sydney architecture is one fabulous explosion of information for this utter novice. Thank you so much!”

Susan Quillin – Luxury Travel Agent

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