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'Is this the coolest man in the country?
We think he is!' - Village Voice (Sydney inner
'An extraordinary account - an old man mapping the city
with his feet' - Adelaide Advertiser
'Alan Waddell...proved you are never too old to change the world.' - Think Big magazine
'A grandfather who has achieved cult fame' - St
George and Sutherland Shire Leader
'One of the best web sites I have ever seen' -
Radio 702 ABC (Simon Marnie)
'Alan Waddell was a worldwide internet sensation.' - Daily Telegraph
'The North Shore's most famous athlete' - Sydney
'Inconceivable pioneering work' - Guang Ming
'A popular web site' - San Francisco Chronicle
'Fantastic web site' - Radio New Zealand
'A real-life inspiration' - The Nation (Thailand)
'An amazing man' - Radio 2UE (Glenn Wheeler)
'Legendary walker ... Alan's an inspiration'
- Mosman Daily
'Elderly Australian walks into stardom' - People's
'Alan’s website…one of the best around'
– Mt Druitt & St Marys Standard
'[He] has inspired thousands...an internet superstar'
- Independent Times (Canada)
'This site has turned a simple idea into a
real treasure' - The Sydney Morning Herald
'He's a legend, a terrific Sydneysider
and a great Australian' - Radio Nova (Merrick
'A media darling Down Under and his fame is spreading
fast across the globe' - Kitchener Record (Canada)
Many of the photos on this website were taken as Alan Waddell, 94, walked every street in
292 suburbs of Sydney, Australia.
We have continued his legacy by regularly posting more photos from our walking -
there are now over 6,400 unusual photos of Sydney. There have been over 4,973,000
pages viewed by over 1,911,000 visitors from 185 countries (latest new one is Turkmenistan) - see
Countries for full list.
Alan Waddell was encouraged by his doctor to take up walking.
After a while, repeating the same route every day became boring.
So Alan Waddell decided to walk every street in his own suburb.
In December 2002, this idea of walking every street
was expanded to include neighbouring suburbs and so his odyssey
Ranked Number 1
out of up to 436 million for a Google search of 'walk' through 2008, 2009, 2010
(Ranked Number 1
out of 1,350 million for a Google search of 'walk' on 19 January 2010
Ranked Number 1
out of up to 83 million for a Google search of 'walks' through 2008, 2009, 2010
Manly Daily (Sydney)
- New Sydney Harbour Walking Track 22 October
At the end of its preview of the opening
of a new section of Sydney harbour and ocean track, the Manly
Daily announced: "Among those who will walk is Alan Waddell,
the 91-year-old who has walked every street in Sydney."
Unfortunately, Alan still has quite a few streets to tackle.
The following day, Alan accompanied Federal
Health Minister (later Prime Minister) Tony Abbott for a 20-minute walk to officially
have the track from Shelley Beach opened. Tony Abbott doesn't
usually walk. He runs. More than that, he runs marathons.
He even ran a 100-kilometre ultra-marathon for charity. The
minister arrived by himself to the pre-publicised opening
of this walk from Shelly Beach to a former defence establishment
at North Head. After this, he was on his way (again by himself)
to do volunteer work with the Surf Life Saving organisation.
Australia is fortunate that senior government ministers can
move freely without the security that is so evident in some
St George and Sutherland Shire Leader (Sydney) 7
The Leader has the largest circulation of any Australian
suburban newspaper. This was their second item about Alan,
concentrating on his walking in the southern suburb Oyster
ABC Local Radio (60 stations) 1 July 2006
Philip Ashley-Brown's interview from 14 June scored yet another
airing, this time in the "Overnight" programme broadcast
around the country while most Australians were asleep.
666 ABC (Canberra) 19 June
The capital city's breakfast programme carried Philip Ashley-Brown's
interview that was originally heard in Sydney on 14 June.
2UE (Sydney) 14 June 2006
A mention of Alan's walking, website and morning tea with
the station's afternoon programme producer caused a second
of visitors. This complemented an earlier flood from the same
day's ABC radio interview.
702 ABC (Sydney) 14 June 2006
During the breakfast programme, ABC
radio's field reporter, Philip Ashley-Brown, interviewed
Alan while they were walking the streets of Greenwich.
Independent Times (Canada) 1 June 2006
Alan was the cover story for the June issue of Canada's Independent
Times, a magazine popular with older people:
"[He] has inspired thousands...an internet superstar."
Tasmanian Senior 1 June 2006
On the same day as the Canadian seniors' paper ran their
story, the seniors' paper for Australia's island state emphasised
the health aspect of Alan's walking, particularly for the
New Choices for Retirement 1 June 2006
This newspaper for Sydney's older population began its story
of the National Heart Foundation's recruiting of Alan with
the line "Australia's own Forrest Gump, 91-year old Alan
Waddell of Sydney's North Shore has been inspiring thousands
of Australians to hit the streets." The photo caption
read "Alan Waddell gives some fitness tips to Federal
Health Minister (now Prime Minister) Tony Abbott."
The Nation (Thailand)
10 May 2006
"Old coot walking" was the
headline for a story and photographs covering most of
a broadsheet page of this Bangkok newspaper, which sells
about 60,000 copies daily even though not in the national
Agent France-Presse (AFP) 27 April 2006
Although some international newspapers/magazines had published
their own stories about Alan's walking, the overseas coverage
mushroomed with the release of a story by the news service
Newspapers known to have printed AFP's story :
Andhra Bhoomi (Rajamundry, A.P., India)
BusinessWorld Weekender (Manila, Philippines)
People’s Daily (Beijing, China)
China Daily (Beijing, China)
Washington Times (USA)
Oman Observer (Muscat, Oman)
Business Day (Bangkok, Thailand)
The Hindu (New Delhi, India)
Top Weekly 13 April 2006
We learned of this article six months after publication, yet
the newspaper's incredible staff went to much trouble to hunt
down a copy. The story is in Korean; an Internet translation
site provided some idea of the content.
702 ABC (Sydney) 5 April 2006
Afternoon presenter James Valentine interviewed Alan for
a special programme for those over 75.
702 ABC (Sydney) 2 April 2006
This government-operated station interviewed
Alan in his role as a media ambassador for Seniors' Week.
The morning host Simon Marnie pointed out that Alan's main
challenge, leading a walking tour of one of his favourite
areas, had to be changed to two tours following 160 bookings
instead of the expected 20-25.
North Shore Times 31 March 2006
Alan was noted as being "an ambassador to Seniors Week",
part of which is his leading of a guided tour in the Sydney
suburb Waverton. It has "well exceeded an expected registration
of 25, with 130 people signing up."
That's Life 29 March 2006
This international magazine with over a million readers readers
in Australia plus about another 100,000 in New Zealand showed
Alan with his worn-out socks and shoes protruding from the
photograph into the text.
That's Life brings both life
and light to Alan's lounge room.
Kitchener Record (Canada) 28
The Record has the largest readership of any newspaper
in Canada's Waterloo region. The topic of its "Web Pointer"
column on the above date was this site, inviting readers to
"join the journey of a charming old Australian guy as
he endeavours to walk all the streets of Sydney ... [He is]
snapping pictures (including lots of goofy poses) along the
way. Make sure you check out the Surprises section for photos
of unusual and interesting sites. Waddell has become a media
darling Down Under and his fame is spreading fast across the
globe" - Kitchener Record (Canada).
ABC Radio National 21 March
This is the government-owned network of 230 stations throughout
Australia. They carried a brief story about Alan's walking
and his website.
The Sydney Morning Herald 20
Following three days of debate in Column 8, which covers
the quirky happenings in Sydney, they ran this letter:
"In regard to the steepest street question,
surely Column 8 needs to seek advice from Mr Alan Waddell,
the 91-year-old gentleman undertaking the monumental task
of walking every street in Sydney's suburbs," writes
Mark Cannon of Penrith. "So far, apparently, he has walked
the streets of more than 200 suburbs and his opinion on this
matter must surely be sought."
The Western Weekender 17 March
The lead story on the front page was headed "On the
Road Again", illustrated with a photo of Alan competing
with cars on the streets of Jamisontown.
St George and Sutherland Shire Leader (Sydney)
3 March 2006
The Leader has the largest circulation of any suburban
newspaper in Australia. Reporter Caroline Marcus covered Alan's
talk to 600 students of Beverly Hills North Public School.
Two excerpts from her article:
The grandfather, who has achieved cult fame for
his attempt to walk every street in Sydney, asked the children
what it meant when a nine-year-old fan called him "fully
sick". His question elicited uproarious laughter from
the audience but he was satisfied when told it meant that
he was pretty great...
Suzanne El-Basel, 10, from Roselands, said she
seldom met anyone as old as Mr Waddell. "I was very surprised
because he was being very funny," Suzanne said.
Photographer Wesley Lonergan captured 10 students following
Alan Pied Piper-style.
The St George and Sutherland Shire Leader
was on hand to photograph Alan as he entered the assembly
hall to address 600 students of Beverley Hills Public
2NSB (Sydney North Shore) 7 February
Walk Sydney Streets was selected for Radio 2NSB's "Website
of the Day". Their story said:
Alan, 91, walks every street in 191 suburbs of
Sydney, Australia. He has taken photos of strange and wonderful
things from garages to toilets. See if you can spot your house!"
2UE (Sydney) 29 January 2006
George Moore and Paul Kidd first spoke to Alan in August
2004. This time it was an extended 10-minute interview, covering
everything from backpacks to dog attacks.
2SM Super Network (New South Wales and Queensland)
25 January 2006
Australia’s largest country network interviewed Alan
for its evening programme. The interview was carried by 32
stations, including 2HD Newcastle, 2AD Armidale, FM100.3 Armidale,
Zoo FM Cobar, Radio 639AM Coffs Harbour, 2DU Dubbo, 2GF Grafton,
FM 104.7 Grafton, 2MO Gunnedah, Triple G Gunnedah, 2NZ Inverell,
Gem FM Inverell, 2LM Lismore, 2VM Moree, Now FM Moree, 2MG
Mudgee, Real FM Mudgee, Radio 1089AM Orange, 2PK Parkes, Radio
531 Port Macquarie, 2YM Tamworth, 2RE Taree, Max FM Taree,
Radio 97AM Tweed Heads, 4GY Gympie, 107.1 Noosa and 4WK Toowoomba.
2GB (Sydney) 25 January 2006
Alan Jones is the star of Sydney radio. He has won his ratings
slot, breakfast, for all but one of the last approximately
100 listener surveys. He is also known for having coached
Australia’s world champion rugby union team and his
extensive charity work. It was therefore a special honour
for Alan Waddell when he was invited to appear on Alan Jones’
programme. ("A wonderful story" - Alan Jones)
2SM (Sydney) 25 January 2006
The chat with Alan in the breakfast programme was the first
of his two interviews on the station in the one day.
Nova (Sydney) 25 January 2006
Nova, Sydney’s leading radio station with young adults,
kindly sent him a gift of fancy new running shoes after being
interviewed on their breakfast programme. The interview concluded
with their star personalities saying: "He's a legend,
a terrific Sydneysider and a great Australian" - Radio
Nova (Merrick and Rosso)
Radio Nova sent Alan two new pairs of running shoes
following his interview.
The Daily Telegraph 25 January
A story headed "Taking it all in his stride - 91-year-old's
city walking mission" was accompanied by six photographs
of Alan Waddell walking through Longueville, North Bondi,
Zetland, Banksia, Asquith and St Peters.
Two quotes from the article:
"I do feel stupid when people are in the
park and I'm going up and down all the paths but they'll never
see me again so it doesn't matter."
"One 9-year-old boy said he didn't like old
people usually but I was fully sick. I didn't know what that
San Francisco Chronicle 18 December
The Chronicle ran a feature on marathon walkers
in Manhattan, Christchurch, London, Minneapolis, Sydney and,
of course, San Francisco. Alan Waddell was the Sydney representative;
the story about him concluded with an email Alan had received:
"I'm your best fan and I want to be like you, but it
will take a while because I'm only 11." Since we don't
all live in San Francisco, the rest of us can see the article
and photos at Walking
by Tom Graham.
Guang Ming Daily (Kuala Lumpur)
6 December 2005
A second item has appeared in Guang Ming Daily, Malaysia's
leading Chinese newspaper. It included a reproduction (picture
and text) from our web site of the story dated 27 November
Wacky But True 1 December 2005
When Wacky But True asked Alan Waddell if they
could do a story about his walking, he knew he had finally
made it! Stories in Australian Senior for the oldies,
Who for the young adults and Wacky for the
kids. This high-quality children's magazine aims to educate
in a fun way. Their double-page spread about Alan included
photos of the
your hat for a refreshing drink.
Guang Ming Daily (Kuala Lumpur) 27
As the article was in Chinese, we were at a loss to learn
what they wrote about Alan, until we found a suitable translation
programme. We are now able and proud to provide you with an
"Arran watt looks like the passenger who
fills the curiosity, he walks while appreciates the vista,
saw specially or the strange thing, then stops down photographs,
then gives to the cart-driver son to post in walks Sydney's
street the website."
The two photos accompanying the story were the
walk" advice and the
Manly Daily (Sydney) 23
Sydney's Manly Daily ran a story about Alan's fondness
for the quirky things he finds while walking, and showed him
at the helpful "Road
Ahead" warning sign. Their last paragraph listed
countries where recent visitors to the web site live, concluding
with "which has us worried what the rest of the world
will think of Sydneysiders."
The Australian Senior September
The story was headed "Like, this 'fully sick dood'
knows the 'burbs, man", wording which one would expect
to see in a teenage magazine rather than a paper whose market
is the over 60s. The journalist based it on an email Alan
Waddell received which read, in part, "Dood, I was just
watching Today Tonight and, man, you are doing really well,
so don't give up. By the way, I am 9 and I do not really like
old people, but dood you are fully sick."
Three photographs (the Colebee hailstones, Greenwich
contradictory signs and a Longueville hill) illustrated the
This newspaper has an Australia-wide readership
The Sydney Morning Herald (video) 17th
Video journalist Aysha Leo has produced a video
of Alan Waddell walking and being interviewed. It was posted
on the websites of The Sydney Morning Herald and
The Age (Melbourne). The Sydney Morning Herald
advised us that it had recorded 9000 visitors viewing the
video in the first 16 hours.
The video generated items on well-known sites www.fazed.net
www.boingboing.net and www.happynews.com with a consequent
flood of visitors.
Walking New Zealand July
A three-page spread about Alan appeared in Walking
New Zealand. It included eight photos of his favourite
places around Sydney, which the magazine reproduced in such
clarity that they seemed to put the originals to shame. The
editor had heard Alan interviewed on Radio New Zealand's national
Radio New Zealand 15 April 2005
and 20 April 2005
Alan Waddell 's web site was featured by Radio New Zealand's
in its "Web site of the Week" on its 38-station
Subsequently, they did a live 10-minute interview
with Alan on 20 April 2005.
Yahoo's Pick of the Day 25 March
Yahoo's write-up had links to the site itself plus direct
links to houses, roads, toilets (they didn't miss any of the
important parts) and park rules.
It finished with advice to "have a look for
a suburb you live in or know about and see if there is anything
quirky Alan has noticed on his travels."
6PR (Perth) 9 March 2005
Alan was interviewed by a radio station on the other side
of the country, 6PR Perth, in its breakfast session.
B3ta Newsletter 4 March 2005
Alan's site was mentioned
newsletter number 172.
"The B3ta newsletter is sent out every Friday
and has the best internet links we have seen that week. It
currently has nearly 80,000 subscribers" - b3ta.
As a result we have had another 5,000 new visitors.
The Sydney Morning Herald 1 March
Alan had a letter published in the "
section. As a result, in a single day we had over 2,000 new
visitors looking at an average of 10 pages.
Published under the heading "Bending the
rules", the article read: "Responding to our call
to expose some of the ridiculous rules plaguing our over-regulated
society, reader Alan Waddell wrote: "As I walk around
Sydney, it is easy to inadvertently break some of this growing
number of prohibitions, such as singing in Willoughby Park.
(Please see http://www.walksydneystreets.net for photos of
the prohibiting sign and my singing there.) Fortunately, the
very pleasant park staff forgave this 90-year-old's indiscretion."
(The photos concerned are in "Surprises |
Media outlets covering Alan Waddell's completion of walking
100 Sydney suburbs
Newspapers and Magazines
Central Coast Sun
Hornsby and Upper North Shore Advocate (see
Johannesburg Mail and Guardian (web site only)
North Shore Times
Sydney Weekly Courier
The Manly Daily
The Sydney Morning Herald (see
The Village Observer
WHO -Time Inc (see
Today Tonight, Seven Network Australia-wide (see
for photos and link)
Sky News, Australia and New Zealand
2MWM-FM Sydney (see
below for photo)
ABC Alice Springs
ABC Darwin (the interview can be heard at
FM103.2 Sydney (see below for photo
FM103.2 (Sydney) 5
Alan was introduced to FM103.2 listeners as
"Sydney's most famous walker".
and Upper North Shore Advocate 30 September
For the article in the Hornsby and Upper North
Shore Advocate, Alan was
on the link between Queens and Hazelmead Roads, Asquith.
"What's that sheet for?" demands
Alan of the WHO magazine reporter and photographer.
"Is it to reflect sunlight on me for the photo, or to
cover where I've hidden my normal walking cardigan?"
Radio Northern Beaches
2MWM-FM (Sydney) 25 August, 6 September and
9 September 2004
Alan during his 25-minute interview on 2MWM-FM
Sydney Morning Herald 11 August 2004
Australia's prestigious newspaper,
The Sydney Morning Herald,
ran a story about Alan Waddell completing the walking of every street,
road, avenue and lane in 100 Sydney suburbs.
This was the article that first brought Alan to a wider audience - both in Sydney and overseas.
On weekdays, The
Sydney Morning Herald has 900,000 readers.
The photo at left is taken from the story by Richard Macey - see
Sydney Morning Herald
North Shore Times 31 January 2004
This is the first media article about Alan. It appeared in his local newspaper