Explore Chippendale: July Historical Walking Tour and Lunch

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Destination Chippendale: The Creative Heart of Sydney warmly invites you to attend the July instalment of our Explore Chippendale: Historical Walking Tour. The experience includes the opportunity for a sumptuous lunch before the tour where you will get to know your fellow walkers over a complimentary glass of wine.

On Saturday 8th of July, from 2-4pm,  the Explore Chippendale: Historical Walking Tour will uncover what lies beneath Chippendale’s crumbling facades, sandstone blocks, lacey iron balustrades and cutting-edge skyscrapers.


In July, Explore Chippendale: Historical Walking Tour takes you on a time-travelling journey through vestiges of the area’s past, guided by professional historian, Dr. Ian Hoskins. The colonial history, industrial heritage, and sordid tales beneath Chippendale’s cultural renaissance and vibrant culinary and artistic scene will be revealed in an informal, social setting.

From wetland, to the birthplace of horticulture, Chippendale became an industrial suburb, a place of slums, a showcase for housing reform and even a battleground of faiths. Transformed, Chippendale is now at the heart of Sydney’s inner city revival.

Join Ian as he expertly guides you to:

  1. Kensington Street – a thoroughfare which once ran along the wall of the brewery that defined Chippendale.

  2. Mortuary Station (and Florence Taylor mural)

  3. Kent Brewery grain store- built in 1911, an exemplar of the impact of brewing on Chippendale’s industry.

  4. Thomas Shepherd’s 1820s nursery – a birthplace of Australian horticulture

  5. Paradise Row- one of the notorious 19th century ‘slum’ streets of Chippendale.

  6. St Benedict’s School and Church – one of Sydney’s oldest surviving Catholic churches.

  7. Strickland Flats – model housing from the early days of Australia’s town planning movement.

  8. Sydney City Mission – a place of religion, charity and community in the heart of Chippendale.

Explore Chippendale Historical Walking Tours and Lunch July 8th Here.


CCP warmly invites all history buffs to an exclusive Chinese banquet lunch with complimentary wine prior to our July Historical Walking Tour! This month, we will delight in modern Chinese cuisine at Kensington Street’s favourite duck lover’s paradise Holy Duck! Brought to you by the King of modern Chinese cuisine Chefs Gallery, Holy Duck! is a nod to the joys of traditional Chinese street food, fused with top quality produce and exciting modern flavour combinations.



Crispy Duck Pancakes &

Pork San Choi Bao with yellow pickle, chilli, basil & crisps!


Crispy Fried Shantung Chicken with sweet & sour sauce &

Caramelised Sweet & Sticky BBQ Pork with green apple & sake sauce,

with a side of Jasmine Rice, Seasonal Salad & Lotus Root Chips!

With complimentary wine!

Lunch: 12-2pm, Saturday 8 July

Meeting Point: Holy Duck! 10-2 Kensington Street, Chippendale, 2008

*Vegan/vegetarian options available

Bookings are essential as places are limited.

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About the tour

Chippendale Creative Precinct is a non- profit organisation that aims to celebrate and develop the lifestyle and culture of Chippendale. The Historical Walking Tour is a six-weekly initiative that demonstrates our passion for Chippendale’s chequered history and the CCP’s commitment to transforming the precinct into a thriving cultural destination.


The tour was great, I really enjoyed the historical detail and the passion that Ian obviously has for Sydney and its history. I learned a lot of interesting details about the area even though I have lived in Sydney all my life. I found the tour really interesting and worthwhile.

I would definitely be interested in other history tours

– Terri Burnett, August 2016

I did enjoy tremendously the walking tour on Saturday, I will never look at bricks in quite the same way. I was most interested in the Brewery and have been reading about it since, and yes I would be more than happy to do another walk. Thanking you I enjoyed it all.

– Di Bowyer, August 2016


Tour Details


Date: Saturday,  July 8th

Time: 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Price: $22+ GST and Eventbrite Booking Fee

Meeting Point: Kensington Contemporary, 32 Kensington Street, Chippendale

JULY LUNCH (Optional)

Restaurant: TBA

Date: Saturday,  July 8th

Time: 12- 2pm

Price: $35+ GST and Eventbrite Booking Fee

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