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Convicts and The Rocks: Sydney's Walking Tour Led by Historian
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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.
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Ages 16-80, max of 15 per group
Duration: 2h 30m
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Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • 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

  • A local Sydney crime historian as your tour guide
  • 2.5 hour walking tour covering approximately 20 historic sites and stories
  • Tour finishes in the heart of The Rocks beside historic pubs and cafes with local recommendations
  • A visit inside Customs House to discover scale model of Sydney from above
  • A visual folder with historic imagery, maps and portraits of the area presented by your guide
  • Entry/Admission - Customs House
  • Entry/Admission - Macquarie Place Park
  • Entry/Admission - The Argyle
What's not included
  • Food is not included on this tour, but your tour guide will have fantastic local recommendations
  • Gratuities


Start:
  • 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 will check you in.
End:
  • Endeavour Tap Rooms, 39/43 Argyle St, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 48144P1

  • 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.
  • 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 good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • 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 15 travellers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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  • 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 will check you in.
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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
    See details
  • You'll end at
    Endeavour Tap Rooms
    39/43 Argyle St, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia
    See address & details
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  • Journey Walks
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  • emm3cee
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brings history to life
    Fascinating walking tour with Lucy around 1920s crime hotspots in Surry Hills and Darlinghurst. Informative and entertaining with loads of facts and stories of people that bring the locations to life. Good value for 2 hours.
    Written 5 November 2023
  • F4729TZsuel
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Once Upon a Crime in Paddington - a great few hours of history
    Max from Journey Walks took us on a fabulous walking tour today - Once Upon a Crime in Paddington. Having spent a lot of his younger years in Paddington, Max brought with him not only amazing knowledge but an obvious passion and love for the area. My husband and I have lived in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs for most of our lives and yet we were taken down narrow alleyways and heard stories we’d never known of before. We were with a group of about 10. Max did not use a microphone and yet we heard every word he spoke. It was really great and we can highly recommend the outing. The presentation was so professional that I would expect all the tours on offer would be worth doing.
    Written 7 October 2023
  • Jane M
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved the Paddington crime tour
    Did the "Once upon a Crime in Paddington" walk and loved it. Max was fantastic - an engaging storyteller and has clearly done his own meticulous research (no Googling here!). I live in the area and hadn't heard any of the stories before. It was well paced, with drinks in a pub along the way and a drink together on the rooftop of a pub afterwards. Definitely value for money and a great way to spend the afternoon. Thoroughly recommended.
    Written 17 August 2022
  • mckay61
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Paddington Crime Tour
    This was a fantastic informative tour about the crimes in Paddington, Max is very engaging and knowledgable guide, would highly recommend this or any one of his tours to anyone from Sydney or visiting Sydney
    Written 11 August 2022
  • wendyjL9516ZG
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Paddington Crime Tour
    We recently went on a Paddington Crime tour, I would thoroughly recommend doing this tour. Max was very informative and I learnt many interesting historical events that took place. The buildings in Paddington are full of character and Max shares the events that took place. We will all definitely book another tour with Max next time we are in Sydney!! Max was an excellent communicator with my initial enquirers 😊😊😊
    Written 11 August 2022
  • Christine R
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous walk through Balmain East
    We went on a walking tour organised through The Fenwick at Balmain. The tour went for over two hours and centred around East Balmain. Max was our guide and he was extremely knowledgeable. He’d done a lot of research and relayed some fascinating and funny stories! His voice was loud and clear too! Highly recommend Journey Walks!
    Written 26 May 2022
  • Pallidan
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exceptional
    We did this tour 2 April 2022. Max, the tour guide, was exceptional. The tour was over three hours and was extremely interesting, information very well presented and a truly great experience. Highly recommended.
    Written 2 April 2022
  • kategreen12018
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An Incredible Tour!
    For newcomers and locals alike, this is an incredibly interesting tour of Sydney's iconic suburb, Kings Cross. Max takes you on a truly engaging and scandalous social history tour of Kings Cross and its neighbouring suburbs. Max was an informative and very knowledgeable guide and historical story teller. A 'must do' in Sydney!
    Written 16 January 2022
  • EliseY39
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating Balmain East historical tour
    We did the Balmain East tour with lunch at the Fenwick afterwards. Max was a fantastic tour guide and incredibly well researched. We found out about the human side of the history of Balmain which made the tour so much more interesting. Lunch at the Fenwick afterwards was fantastic and we found the whole day very reasonably priced for the tour and lunch. Will be booking again!
    Written 24 May 2021
  • N6839RZandrewm
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    East Balmain Historical Walking Tour
    We really enjoyed the passion that our tour guide (Max) had with respect to the history of East Balmain. Max was very informative and he was able to impart his knowledge with great enthusiasm - sometimes history tours can be a little "boring", but Max had the ability of making the tour very interesting and enlightening. The walk was not too physical either so it would suit people of all age groups. The walking tour was conducted at respectful pace and there was plenty of time to take in the surrounds. Would certainly recommend this particular walking tour for tourists, locals and Sydney siders in general.
    Written 9 May 2021
  • Jane P
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    much more than we had imagined
    we'd expected this to be a nice 90 ramble around East Balmain before lunch at Fenwick. It was that and much much more. Great research, engaging and interesting tour guide, loads of fun info and then a three-course lunch. A top day -- all for a very very reasonable price. Now booking on to all the Journey walks we can find!
    Written 7 May 2021
  • Samantha B
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    East Balmain tour - Fascinating trip back in time!
    Loved this fascinating tour of East Balmain. Max has a great passion and a wealth of knowledge about the history of the area which he brought alive with an array of entertaining stories about the life and times of the colourful characters who have lived here over the years. I particularly enjoyed the historic photos and pictures he showed us to illustrate how things used to look and how they have changed through time. All together a wonderful way to spend an afternoon topped off with a fabulous meal at historic The Fenwick!
    Written 5 May 2021
  • Woollahra2025
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best Walking tour
    We were very lucky to secure a couple of places in the inaugural East Balmain walk with Journey Walks followed by an sumptuous lunch at The Fenwick. Our guide - Max was the best prepared and personable tour guide we have ever experienced. He not only knew the history but made it especially interesting by adding stories of the people who lived and worked the area such that the places we visited really came to life. This is a not to be missed opportunity to discover local treasures in a very enjoyable couple of hours.
    Written 5 May 2021
  • toriafly
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Balmain walking tour
    We did the inaugural East Balmain walking tour with Journey Tours followed by lunch at the Fenwick. Would highly recommend. Max was great - very informative and enthusiastic about the East Balmain area. He had great props and wonderful stories which made the two hours pass fast. The lunch at the Fenwick was also delicious and very generous. Really good value day covering local history!
    Written 4 May 2021
  • TheRealRoberto
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    History buff’s delight
    A fascinating insight to another time brought to life by our enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide April. Walking in the footsteps of the legendary characters brought the stories to life. April’s commentary bordered on performance at times and her passion for the subject matter was clear and greatly enhanced the experience. Make sure you wear good walking shoes - it’s called Surry Hills for a reason. Well worthwhile.
    Written 2 May 2021
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Noel W
Darwin, Australia116 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Very informative walking tour through the rocks, Max our guide was a wealth of information.
Definitely a must do while in Sydney
Written 30 January 2024
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Julie H
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
This tour was the perfect way to wrap up my visit to Sydney. I learned so much about the history of the city and in relation to the history of Europe and the UK at that time. My daughter and partner who live in Sydney also enjoyed the tour immensely despite knowing much more than I do about where they live. Max was a fantastic storyteller, extremely knowledgeable about Sydney and providing context through world history. The tour is a lot of walking, bring water and a hat.
Written 28 January 2024
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Richard R
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Excellent walking tour with a guide who was knowledgeable and provided a wealth of information about the life of the original convicts.
Written 26 January 2024
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Emily V
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
I loved the Sydney Convict Colony tour. Our tour guide Beck gave us a great overview of the history of the area and I learned a lot in only a few hours. Beck was very knowledgeable about the area, gave good local recommendations, and was conscientious about our comfort and our tour experience given the very hot temperatures that day. I would recommend Journey Walks and would love to try another one of their tours on another visit to Sydney.
Written 25 December 2023
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Taryn W
Vancouver, Canada7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
I did the convict tour and loved it! Max was fun and informative, I’d highly recommend it! If I was staying longer, I would do some of his other tours as well.
Written 4 December 2023
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Helen1852
Melbourne, Australia7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Wonderful tour. Our guide was exceptional. His knowledge and delivery were fantastic. I went with my grandson and we both enjoyed the experience very much. Wish we had the time to take a couple more of the walks.
Written 22 November 2023
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Inspire819904
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
We learned a lot about Sydney’s history from our great guide Max. What a nice way to explore the city on foot.
Written 20 November 2023
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jody l
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
We learned so much about the history of Sydney. Our guide was fantastic. He was passionate about this history and it showed.
Written 13 November 2023
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Sean W
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We really enjoyed the tour - our guide, Pete, was both very knowledgeable and very entertaining. We found out a lot about Sydney‘s history and also saw things and places we would not have found by ourselves. We can highly recommend this tour.
Written 11 November 2023
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akajoanie
Moorpark, CA54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This was an outstanding tour!!! Very interesting and very informative. We liked the small group! We saw other large groups following like a herd of cattle behind a guide reading off of a script. Our guide, Max, was knowledgeable and passionate about his subject, and he did not read from a script. But just as important, he was able to answer every question that the people in our group had that wasn't part of his normal presentation because he really knew his subject material. Our one comment is that there were several "older" people in the group, and at times the pace was a little fast for several people to keep up with him in the heat of the day.
Written 29 October 2023
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