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Convicts and The Rocks: Sydney's Walking History Tour Led by Historian

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    Stop At: Journey Walks, Sydney, New South Wales 2000 Australia

    Meet you guide at our Journey Walks' starting point Quay Bar — an outdoor venue with coffee and bathrooms where you can take a seat and enjoy being transported back in time as your guide introduces the age of British penal colonies and the story you are about to undertake on foot.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Sydney Customs House 31 Alfred St Circular Quay, Sydney, New South Wales 2000 Australia

    Begin your journey by unraveling the elaborate sandstone facade of Sydney Customs House — the gateway for people and goods arriving by ship into Sydney through the 19th & 20th Century.
    Then enter inside Customs House see a unique model of the entire city including Circular Quay and The Rocks in miniature (scale 1:500) below your feet as your guide illustrates the forming of the natural harbour and the urban settlement of Sydney.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: The Rocks, Sydney, New South Wales 2000 Australia

    In The Rocks you'll find yourself wandering though back alleys and along cobbled lanes, passing some of the oldest pubs and houses in Sydney and getting lost in the stories of convicts, sailors and street gangs who occupied and worked in the area. Your guide will lead you to hidden sandstone ruins, old slums and underground cellars turned speak easy bars. The Rocks area is full of character, quirks and surprises.

    Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes

    Stop At: Macquarie Place Park, Bridge Street, Sydney, New South Wales Australia

    Discover the hidden and forgotten relics found in Macquarie Place including the underground Edwardian lavatory, the First Fleet anchor and the Obelisk of distances — Sydney's first public monument designed and built by convicts for the Governor of NSW.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: The Argyle, 18 Argyle Street The Rocks, Sydney, New South Wales 2000 Australia

    Enter into a hidden courtyard in the heart of The Rocks where you'll find the original customs house and ex-cellars once filled with barrels of spirits and tobacco that now function as a bar and club. The Argyle will be our final stop where your guide will sum up the tour and include a free drink to end t he journey in style.

    Duration: 30 minutes
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    31 Alfred St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
    Departure Time
    10:30 AM
    Duration
    2h 30m
    Return Details
    The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia
    Inclusions
    • A local Sydney expert as your tour guide
    • 2.5 hour walking tour covering approximately 20 historic sites and stories
    • Alcoholic Beverages - 1x after drink refreshment (local beer/wine/soft drink) at an historic pub in The Rocks
    • Local recommendations and extra question time with your guide is included after the tour.
    • Entry/Admission - Customs House
    • Entry/Admission - Macquarie Place Park
    • Entry/Admission - The Argyle
    Exclusions
    • Food is not included on this tour, but your tour guide will have fantastic local recommendations
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • We continue our tours in all weather conditions so please dress accordingly. Umbrella's are a good idea if wet weather seems likely.
    • Due to the layout of The Rocks, some stairs are unavoidable at certain points along the way, but majority of the route follows flat terrain.
    • Anyone requiring special assistance is kindly asked to make contact with your local operator in advance.
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are advised that this tour may include the names and images of people who are now deceased.
    • Your guide is a native English speaker who will communicate information clearly, ensuring you can hear every word
    • Groups are kept small so that the platform for questions, discussion and interaction can be kept large
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Max, is a super friendly chap who really knows his Convict history. His tour is very informative and presented in a very entertaining way. It's also a great way to discover some Rock secret hideaways, places and allies that you could easily walk past a hundred times without
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    This is my second tour of The Rocks with Journey Walks. The first time I toured solo and I loved it so much that I took my mom on this tour - she loved it! If you're going to do any walking tour of Sydney definitely sign up for this tour as your first tour to learn about
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    This is a must if you are interested in discovering Sydney's early history and getting a different perspective on parts of the city that you think you know or don't know at all. For newcomers and old timers...you'll be surprised by what you learn!
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    I’ve been living in Sydney for 5 years and finally did a walking tour because my sister came to visit. It was so much fun walking around areas I’ve seen so many times and learning about the history of areas I thought I knew so well. April made the tour so much fun and left us
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    Max and his team are just incredible. I have done quite a few tours in Australia and in other countries and these guys are definitely high quality! Max is so friendly, relaxed and a great story teller. He is a historian too that gives him the depths of knowledge if you want to
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