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The Rocks History and Pub Walking Tour

  • 2.5-hour guided walking tour of The Rocks in Sydney
  • See colonial stone buildings and hidden back streets
  • Stop at two different historic pubs
The Rocks History and Pub Walking Tour
From USD 86.99
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The Rocks History and Pub Walking Tour
From USD 86.99
Join a knowledgeable local guide for a walking tour in the Rocks, one of Sydney's most popular and atmospheric neighborhoods. The Rocks district boasts a colorful history that dates to the early days of the British colony, in evidence when strolling through alleys lined with heritage buildings and convict-era artifacts. Learn about the district's seedy past and experience its stylish present day incarnation when you sip craft beers at historic pubs with a small-group limited to 12 participants.
What to Expect
After meeting your guide in Circular Quay, walk for just a few moments to reach the Rocks district, where the British colony took root after it was founded in 1788.

See important sites from Sydney’s early settlement as you follow your guide through backstreets that were largely built by convict laborers. Convicts carved sandstone cliffs into blocks that were used to construct roads and homes in the fledgling colony. As you continue to walk at a leisurely pace though the neighborhood, hear about the days when it was considered a dangerous slum; hard to believe when passing the fashionable restaurants and boutiques that dominate the area in modern times.

At regular intervals during your tour, stop for drinks at favorite local institutions, including two historic pubs that date to the 1800s.

You also visit a historic pub for a craft beer and discover an extensive archaeological site with artifacts from the 1790s. Hear more stories about convicts, settlers, and even a military coup that played out in this district. Wrap up with a delicious beer at another historic pub located close to Circular Quay.

Expect to walk about 1.5 miles (2.5km) at a leisurely pace with plenty of stops. At the end of an entertaining and informative 2.5-hour tour, make your own way to your next destination.
Reviews (44)
1 - 5 of 7 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
A Great Afternoon with a Local Guide

My wife and I had a great time with John on our walking tour. John was able to tell you the stories they do not teach you in the history books. His enthusiasm for sharing the history of the Rocks made the tour enjoyable and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank JoeO716
Reviewed 31 October 2018
Fantastic way to see The Rocks

John was our guide for the afternoon. He was knowledgeable and entertaining. We got to see parts of Sydney that we wouldnt know about walking around by ourselves. Lovely back alleys and homes, pubs and some spectacular views of the water and the bridge.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank sarahwatene2017
Reviewed 11 June 2018
Rum Ran the Rocks

My family did the 4 hour walking tour of The Rocks in Sydney. Our guide was John, who was extremely knowledgeable and fun. He made it intimate and really knew what he was talking about.More

Date of experience: May 2018
2  Thank 851elaine
SUASydney, General Manager at Sydney Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2018

Hi 851elaine Thanks for writing your review. It sounds as if you had a really good time. That's great! You experienced what we aim to eliver. Best. Day.Ever. Thanks you And by the way... If you do visit Sydney again, make sure that you take...More

Reviewed 29 March 2018
We toured the Rocks with Philip

It was a great walking tour of the old section of Sydney. Ours was called Two feet and a heartbeat, but it could also be called when rum ran the rocks. When the old portion of Sydney was constructed, Australia did not have their own...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank kerrk2018
SUASydney, General Manager at Sydney Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 31 March 2018

Hi kerrk2018 Thanks for your review. Thanks for taking the time to write your review. Philip will be delighted he was able to deliver your Best.Day.Ever. in Sydney. And by the way... If you do visit Sydney again, make sure that you take advantage of...More

Reviewed 22 March 2018
When Rum Ran the Rocks, good time with John

This was our first trip to Australia, first tour and first hours after our arrival in Sydney! We got checked into our hotel and made our way to the bustling Circular Quay where we easily spotted John our guide for this fun sounding tour. After...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank MattfromSB
SUASydney, General Manager at Sydney Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2018

Hi MattfromSB It is terrific that you took the time to write a glowing review of your experience in Sydney. I will make sure that John reads your great review and fine comments. Glad you loved your itinerary. And thanks for uploading the photos. Hopefully,...More

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