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Hidden Sydney - Stories, Food & Coffee

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See a different side of Sydney on a relaxed and informative walking tour!

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  • Small-group walking tour of Pyrmont, Ultimo and Glebe
  • Discover parts of Sydney that even locals don't know about
  • Walk includes a coffee, snacks, a local craft beer and more!

What we'll do

Join a knowledgeable local guide on a fun walk through the inner-city suburbs of Pyrmont, Ultimo and Glebe!

Often ignored by visitors to Sydney and locals alike, these older neighbourhoods are bursting with stories and hidden gems. 

On this walk, you'll learn why there are so many pubs in this part of Sydney and what a "VIP Lounge" is, discover the Aboriginal and early European history of the area and be surprised by our choice for Australia's "national dish". You'll also see why this is one of the most multicultural parts of Australia, gain an insight into our unique sense of humour and find out some Aussie slang along the way.

We'll stop for a coffee at a favourite local cafe mid-way through the walk, and at the end, we finish with a glass of delicious local craft beer at one of the most unique pubs you'll find in Sydney - complete with a talking pet cockatoo! We recommend doing this early in your Sydney stay as you'll get lots of tips to make your time in this city amazing.

Come see a different side of Sydney with an experienced, youthful and entertaining tour guide!

What to know

  • Tour days: Tours operate every fourth Saturday. See calendar for details.
  • Price includes:
    • 2.5 - 3 hour guided activity
    • Coffee or tea
    • Snacks
    • Craft beer (or soft drink or juice)
    • Map link with recommendations
    • Group photo
  • Language: Tour is given in easy to understand English. Our guides also speak Mandarin Chinese and Japanese (contact us to confirm availability)
  • Perfect for: Solo travellers, couples or small groups. You'll be in a fun and friendly group consisting of locals and travellers. 
  • Group size: 6 - 10 people
  • Age range: We've had everything from 8 month-olds to 80-year-olds. Everyone is welcome!
  • COVID-Safe Plan: Hand sanitiser provided and social distancing (1.5 metres) enforced. All venues that we visit have their own COVID-Safe Plans.
  • Open Date bookings: must be confirmed at least 3 days in advance.

About your guides

Your main guide for this walk is Justin. I'm a recovering lawyer and the "Head Honcho" of AussieYou Tours. About 3 years ago I quit my corporate job to work in a happier industry - tourism! I love showing people around Sydney and have lived in the Glebe area for the last few years, so this walk is in my 'hood. I have also solo travelled all through South America, Europe and Asia, visiting over 40 countries. I have previously lived and studied in China - yep, 我会说中文!(I can speak Chinese)

On some weekends Atra will lead these walks. She's a long-term Pyrmont local, media lawyer during the week and fluent Japanese and Farsi speaker. Atra has lived and studied in Australia, Japan, the United States and Canada and was born in Iran. Her favourite travel destination is Europe. 


    • What should I bring? We recommend a water bottle, sunscreen, cash or a credit card (for any additional purchases) and an Opal card for public transport (also available for purchase at the end of the walk).
    • Where do we start? We'll begin our walk at Darling Harbour, meeting at the control tower in the middle of Pyrmont Bridge. Click here for the Google map link.
    • Where do we finish? We finish in Glebe, a trendy inner-city suburb with lots of restaurants, cafes, bars and bookshops. We finish near Glebe Point Road and very close to the fantastic Glebe markets (Saturdays only).
    • How long does the walk go for? The walk takes approximately 2 to 2.5 hours, with a coffee stop along the way. We walk approximately 3km total, at a relaxed pace. It is a relatively flat walk that is wheelchair accessible. 
    • What days does the walk operate? We operate every Saturday morning and some other days depending on demand  (see calendar for full availability).
    • Do you offer gift vouchers? Yes, we do! Select the "Open Date" option when booking, then reply to the booking confirmation email to let us know that it is for someone else. We'll prepare you a customised gift voucher that you can give to them.
    • Are private tours available? Yes! Private tours are available for groups of 5 or more and can be given in English, Mandarin Chinese or Japanese. Please contact us for more information or choose "Open Date - Private Tour" as the booking type.
    • Who can come? All ages are welcome! Children aged 4 and above must each have a spot booked for themselves. Parents may also bring children under 4 years of age for free.

    Cancellation policy

    • Cancellations made 48 hours or more before the activity starts will receive a full refund.
    • No cancellations can be made within 48 hours of the activity, however reschedules or credits can be arranged (subject to availability and at the tour operator's discretion).
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        Kate M.
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        Local tourists

        My friend and I went on this walking tour and had the best time! We are both locals and learnt so much from Justin. I loved learning about the history of Pyrmont, Ultimo and Glebe While we discovered some new cafes, restaurants and pubs all within walking distance from my home. It was such a great experience. Our friends will all be joining the tour soon as we haven’t stopped talking about how awesome it was. Thanks Aussieyou tours! I can’t wait to check out some of the other tours available soon!

        Australia Australia
        A most enjoyable day....

        Now we were a real challenge for Justin. There were 13 of us, being a combination of members of the Pyrmont History Group and Pyrmont Pedalers ( geriatric cyclists living in Pyrmont). Between all of us we had a splendid knowledge of the history of the areas that we visited with Justin, who was an expert facilitator enabling a jovial and relaxed atmosphere in which all could share their knowledge. Of course Justin still had the edge on us with his interesting and sometimes unusual stories of the surroundings. We can only recommend that you join Justin on one of his walks and hope that you will enjoy the day as much as we did.

        Zhi L.
        Australia Australia
        Justin is the man

        shout out to Justin for once again a great experience. Got to stroll through 3 interesting neighborhoods where I’d never had a chance to explore. History, antidotes, laughter and my first bite of vegemite. What more can I ask for?

        Like a local

        Justin took us on a tour to the more hidden, easily missed suburbs away from the typical touristy spots. We learned about history, architecture, and heaps of other fun facts, explored local bars and cafes that are truly gems that I wouldn’t have otherwise come across, even though I was living in the same neighbourhood for two years embarrassingly! Highly recommend the tour to both visitors and locals!

        AussieYou Tours

        Thanks for the lovely review Tracy! Always great to get a local along, and show that there is so much more to these neighbourhoods than meets the eye. Hope to catch you on another tour soon! Cheers, Justin

        Frank G.
        Trip with Mandarin Speaking parents

        I searched for Mandarin, walking tours and Sydney to see what was available and came across an article for Aussieyou  with Justin. Booked the tour for my family which includes myself (English only speaker) and my in laws who only understand Mandarin. Justin was fantastic, and took the time as we walked to translate, talk to and answer questions for my inlaws in Mandarin. It is difficult to find something we all can feel included but Justin made it possible. The tour and insights into the city including areas I would never have seen otherwise was one of the highlights of my trip. Traveled Nov 2019.

        AussieYou Tours

        Thanks Frank, really glad you found us and was a pleasure to show you and the in-laws around! So great to hear that it was one of the highlights of your trip. Catch you when you're next back in Sydney. Cheers, Justin