After dinner walking group

After dinner walking group

Central Sydney walking tour for over 55s

Sydney’s active older residents are in for a cultural treat with the next free after-dark guided walking tour to take in Art & About.

The latest City of Sydney-supported walk aimed at the over-55s will take place on Tuesday 23 September. It starts at 5pm and the meeting point is Town Hall steps, George Street. Those wishing to attend need to complete the registration form.

The Art & About walking tour will start with a talk from Art & About Director, Gill Minervini, before setting off to see installations in the Queen Victoria Building, on Pitt and Elizabeth streets and 3 in Hyde Park.

The latest guided walking tour follows the first 2 popular guided walks that took in Walsh Bay and Sydney’s colourful event, Vivid – proving the city can be both exciting and safe at night for an older generation.

Regular walking group participants are already looking forward to the next walk and word of the guided tours is spreading around Sydney.

The original concept for the after dinner walking group project was inspired by the OPEN Sydney Night-Time Economy Strategy and Action Plan 2013–2030.

By 2030, the City hopes the night-time economy will see 40% of people using the City at night being over 40, and that 40% of operating businesses at this time will be shops.

While anyone can join the new walking group, it is targeted at Sydney residents aged over 55 and aims to bring together like-minded people who are already active and want to stay fit by walking and exploring Sydney’s outdoor attractions. 

The Australian Medical Association of NSW is also supporting the walking group initiative. Vice President Dr Saxon Smith said it was great to see an initiative that encouraged enjoyable ways of keeping fit.

The after dinner walking group is part of the City of Sydney’s aim to encourage walking for the benefits it brings to individuals and the community. To increase walking levels, the City aims to ensure walking is a pleasurable, rewarding and practical way of moving through Sydney’s streets.

Our residents have told us that while we offer a fantastic program of activities and events for older people at our various community centres during the day time, but there needs to be more on offer for older people after dark.

Judging by the overwhelming response to the first Walsh Bay walk, Sydney’s older walkers relish the opportunity to get active and really enjoy the city together when the sun goes down. 

If you would like to take part in an upcoming walk, download and complete the registration form.

Contacts

To RSVP or for more details:

Jessica Mayr
Community Worker02 9244 3696

Last updated: Friday, 29 August 2014