Enjoy a special preview of some of this year’s Focus Tours, including one of our brand-new After Dark Tours!

The full Sydney Open 2019 program, including Focus Tours tickets, will launch first to members on 18 September and to the public on 19 September.  

Want pre-sale access? Become a member now.

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Sandstone station building with tower viewed from distance with blue sky behind.

 

Central Station Clock Tower Climb

Location: Central Station Clock Tower, Haymarket

Architects: Walter Liberty Vernon, NSW Government Architect; Otto Cserhalmi (Clock Tower restoration, 2011–12)

Style: Heritage

Built: 1921

The Central Station Clock Tower, once known as ‘the working man’s watch’, is Sydney’s tallest clock tower at 85 metres. Visitors will take a railway journey through time as they climb the steep staircases all the way up to the original clock mechanism and the four giant clock faces.

 

Long industrial hall with windows along one side.

 

The Boiler House Tours

Location: The Boiler House, West Ryde

Architect: Public Works

Built: 1921

Venture into a high-security site that is rarely opened to the public. Tours of the Sydney Water Boiler House will showcase the history of Sydney’s water, steam and rail industry and reveal secrets from Sydney Water’s archives. Visitors can explore the building, the viaduct, and the rail sidings on the roof.

 

Lightfilled interior of refurbished library building.

 

Marrickville Library: Past and Present

Location: Marrickville Library, Marrickville

Architect: BVN

Built: 2019

Join BVN architects and the Inner West Council for an intimate tour of the new Marrickville Library. Learn how the former Marrickville Hospital building has been extended and adapted to create a new heart for the community, and how its design incorporates the site’s rich history.

 

Two storey corner building.

 

Welcome to the Jungle House

Location: Welcome to the Jungle House, Darlington

Architect: CplusC Architectural Workshop

Built: 2019

Described as ‘a machine for sustaining life’, this unique house is designed for self-sufficiency – with an underground rainwater-storage system, aquaponics and edible-fish ponds, a rooftop vegetable garden with native bees, and energy storage. Tour the house with owner and builder Clinton Cole (CplusC Architectural Workshop) and learn how all these systems are managed and monitored by mobile devices. Numbers are strictly limited!

 

Interior of open plan living space in house.

 

Tom Uren House Tour

Location: Tom Uren House, Balmain East

Architect: Richard Leplastrier

Built: 1988

Like many Leplastrier houses, Tom Uren House – beautifully framed by harbour views – is lovingly crafted, with recycled jarrah and karri framing, blackbutt walls and brushbox floors. Visitors will experience its calming effect as soon as they step through the door for an engaging tour and talk from its owners.

 

Brand New This Year: After Dark tours

Explore Sydney’s architecture at night-time on our brand-new After Dark tours. Enjoy a first-look at one of these unique tours below.
Ornate interior of sandstone building with columns and arches lit up.

 

Mortuary Station After Dark

Location: Mortuary Station, Chippendale

Architect: James Barnet, Colonial Architect

Built: 1869

The only remaining Victorian funerary railway station in Australia, Mortuary Station was purpose-built to transport the deceased and the living between Sydney and Rookwood Necropolis. Visitors will hear from a Sydney Trains heritage specialist and enjoy the rare opportunity to explore this mysterious site at night-time. Not for the faint-hearted!

 

Sydney Open 2019

Join us for a weekend-long celebration of architecture.

Saturday 2 November: Focus Tours
Become a member to receive pre-sale access to these Focus Tours and more on 18 September. Explore and save with our Sydney Open Membership bundle.

Sunday 3 November: Sydney Open program

Access early-release Sydney Open Passes to our Sunday program here.

The full program, including Focus Tour tickets, will go on sale 18 September for members and 19 September for the general public.