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Convicts and The Rocks: Sydney's Walking Tour Led by Historian provided by Journey Walks

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

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Founded as a convict colony, Sydney’s history is simply fascinating. Discover it with a local historian on this small-group walking tour of The Rocks, which wraps up inside a converted 19th Century storehouse with a cobblestone beer-garden. See a scale model of the area in Customs House; visit historic slums, speakeasies, and ruins in The Rocks’ cobbled lanes; and hear tales of derring-do as you visit the landmarks in Macquarie Place.
  • You'll start at
    Customs House
    31 Alfred St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
    This tour meets in front of CUSTOMS HOUSE (31 Alfred Street Circular Quay). Your guide will be located outside the building on right hand-side if facing the entrance. Your guide will have a white tour folder that says CONVICT HISTORY TOUR and a navy blue Journey Walks shirt.
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  • 1
    Journey Walks
    Stop: 10 minutes
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  • 2
    Customs House
    Stop: 10 minutes - Admission included
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  • 3
    Tank Stream Fountain
    Stop: 10 minutes
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  • 4
    The Rocks
    Stop: 80 minutes
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  • 5
    The Argyle
    Stop: 10 minutes - Admission included
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  • You'll end at
    The Australian Heritage Hotel
    100 Cumberland St, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia
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  • Explore The Rocks, Sydney’s historic heart, with a local historian
  • Numbers are capped at just 14 travelers for a more intimate experience
  • Visit around 20 different sites, each with its own captivating story
  • Conclude your tour at an historic cobblestone beer-garden with a chance to make new friends over a drink
Important Information
Departure Point
Customs House, 31 Alfred St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
2h 30m
Return Details
The Australian Heritage Hotel, 100 Cumberland St, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia
  • A local Sydney history expert as your tour guide
  • 2.5 hour walking tour covering approximately 20 historic sites and stories
  • Local recommendations and extra question time with your guide is included after the tour.
  • Tour finishes at a friendly old fashioned Pub in The Rocks for a chance to share a drink together
  • Entry/Admission - Customs House
  • Entry/Admission - Macquarie Place Park
  • Entry/Admission - The Argyle
  • 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 and will carry tour folder with A3 size images to help illustrate the area's past
  • Groups are kept small (10 person maximum) and we encourage questions and interaction.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Your guide will ensure that Covid-safe social distancing measures and a contact free policy is in place throughout the tour
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Luce31A wrote a review Oct. 2020
Bronte, Australia11 contributions9 helpful votes
Phenomenal tour!! These guys are not only super interesting but fun and friendly .. thanks for having us :)
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Date of experience: October 2020
Lympip wrote a review Sep. 2020
6 contributions2 helpful votes
Danica was an engaging and enthusiastic guide who brought history alive. They were fun, knowledgeable and inspiring. What a great way to understand Sydney, and I will never look at Circular Quay and The Rocks in the same way again. Highly recommended
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Date of experience: September 2020
sealeg wrote a review Sep. 2020
Perth, Australia101 contributions129 helpful votes
Two friends, an Aussie and an American went on this tour whilst in Sydney in March 2020, (just before covid 19 lockdown) and both came away having learnt a lot and having had a great time. Young Max was a terrific tour guide, well spoken, knowledgeable, relaxed and friendly.
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Date of experience: March 2020
2 Helpful votes
ebsc wrote a review Jun. 2020
Fort Mill, South Carolina4 contributions
April was our quide and she was exceptional. She has a great educational background which becomes apparent as she recounts tales of the past in Sydney. We knew nothing about the convicts and the Rocks and what an important part of Sydney history they represent. Well worth the
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Date of experience: February 2020
Mel B wrote a review Mar. 2020
4 contributions2 helpful votes
Max, you are a nerdy rockstar (compliment btw), we were amazed at your amount of knowledge and ability to answer random historic facts when questioned... 5 starts!
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Date of experience: March 2020
1 Helpful vote
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Key Details
  • Duration: 2h 30m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English
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