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'You're a legend, Alan' - Hon. Tony Abbott, former Prime Minister of Australia (Heart Foundation Week speech)
He was one of Australia's great characters' - 9 TV Network's Getaway 2008
A welcome dose of inspiration' - 9 TV Network News
A cyber celebrity' - 9 TV Network's Getaway 2006
Australia's Forrest Gump' - 7 TV Network's Today Tonight
The senior citizen who is leading the fight against heart disease' - 10 TV Network news

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 5,033,000 pages viewed by over 1,937,000 visitors from 186 countries (latest new one is Turkmenistan) - see Visitor Countries for full list.


In brief

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 began.


TVS Sydney

TVS Sydney is editing an afternoon of filming Alan's walking and interviewing him. It is expected to be screened around the end of the month in the "Couch" programme, which looks at unusual happenings in Sydney. The producer wrote that "it was one of the most enjoyable shoots we've experienced", adding that Alan "was fantastic, a natural in front of the camera, and we all thought his sense of humour and energy was something to be marvelled at."


9 TV Network’s Getaway    6 April 2006

The holiday and travel show Getaway is watched by over 2 million Australians. Presenter Jules Lund interviewed Alan then asked him to show why the Sydney Harbour walk from Clifton Gardens to Balmoral is one of his favourites.


Presenter Jules Lund interviews Alan at Clifton Gardens for Getaway.


Filming for the Nine Network's Getaway was disrupted when a group of nursing home ladies on a bus outing demanded his autograph.


Jules and Alan climb steps in the former navy base at Clifton Gardens.


From the Clifton Gardens to Georges Heights walk there are magnificent views across Sydney Harbour to Vaucluse and Watsons Bay.


Georges Heights was a gun base intended to defend Sydney Harbour before and during the two world wars.


Channel 31's Couch    April 2006


Alan is interviewed in Bates Street, Birchgrove, for Channel 31's Couch programme.


7 TV Network’s Sunrise    27 January 2006

In this breakfast programme Alan Waddell faced well-known personalities David Koch and Melissa Doyle. He appeared quite relaxed even though it was a live, national telecast, seen by nearly half-a-million people.


Alan in the make-up room, 30 minutes before going on air.


Alan is welcomed to the Sunrise set by Melissa Doyle and David Koch.


The production of Sunrise is based right in the centre of Sydney, in Martin Place (seen through the glass at the left of centre of the photo). At the left, people passing by pause to look through the studio's glass walls.


7 TV Network's Today Tonight    11 August 2004

Alan Waddell appeared on the 7 TV network's Today Tonight, the highest rating current affairs program in Australia (1.6 million viewers). Their headline and theme was Alan Waddell is the Australian equivalent of Forrest Gump. (The reporter was Paul Makin.)
  This Today Tonight's segment was also telecast by Sky News throughout Australia and New Zealand.


Alan climbs a steep hill for the fifth time for Channel Seven cameras.


"The cameraman made me walk and talk without looking at him and the sound operator. This was while they were walking backwards one metre in front of me," said Alan, wondering whether the cameraman had fallen out of his tree.


No, he hadn't.


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