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Sydney The Rocks Guided Walking Tour
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Sydney The Rocks Guided Walking Tour

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Delve into the history of Sydney and British Australia on a leisurely 90-minute walking tour in The Rocks district with an expert guide. Enjoy the delights of present-day visuals as you explore The Rocks and hear the story of Sydney’s convict past as you discover shady courtyards, narrow laneways and hidden areas that even the locals do not know about. Stroll along the shoreline of Sydney Harbour with views of the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, past Cadman’s Cottage and Campbell’s Cove.<br>Tour Highlights:<br>• The shoreline of Sparkling Sydney Cove<br>• Harbour views of Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge<br>• Cadman’s Cottage, The Rocks oldest surviving cottage built in 1816<br>• Campbell’s Cove, offering fantastic views of Sydney Harbour<br>• Awe inspiring Argyle Cut begun with convict labour in 1843<br>• Within The Rocks historic precinct, we will wander through Greenway Lane, Kendall Lane, Suez Canal, Foundation Park and much more.
USD 25.19 per adult
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Peter M wrote a review Apr 2021
Melbourne, Australia891 contributions182 helpful votes
This was built between 1811-1813 and is on the State Heritage Register and also on the UNESCO Register. It is a living record of early colonial Australia. It was originally built to house convicts, but also served as an immigration depot,asylum,law courts and government offices. It was designed by convict architect Francis Greenway. Governor Macquarie thought that barracks accommodation would improve the moral character of he men and increase their productivity. A clock dating from 1817 is mounted on the building's facade. It was placed there by colonial clockmaker John Oatley,after whom the Sydney suburb of Oatley was named.
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Date of experience: March 2021
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fidgetgidget wrote a review Apr 2021
Brisbane, Australia620 contributions63 helpful votes
Fantastic interactive experience. Loved how I could do it at my own pace and the stories were interesting, informative and just the right length. As a descendant from a number of convicts, I found it very educational. I was also impressed with how the experiences and hardships of our First Nations Peoples was recognised and the horrible impact colonisation had on them. Thought provoking and very moving!
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Date of experience: April 2021
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TrishB08 wrote a review Jan 2021
81 contributions46 helpful votes
This is a really well done experience - I learned a lot about the history of the barracks, convicts and early Sydney. The audio set is a great idea - however to give a 10/10 could I suggest some subtle messages on the ground letting you know where to stand to hear the stories - sometimes I seemed to be on the edge of one and it would cut in and out and switch to another. I don’t think this needs to interfere with the design aesthetic if done well and would make a big difference to the visitor experience. Overall this was excellent. I particularly enjoyed the moving and conciliatory words from the indigenous elders at the end of the show.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Dimitris L wrote a review Jan 2021
Sydney, Australia24888 contributions62128 helpful votes
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Hyde Park Barracks is History coming alive in Sydney city! We have been here in the past but unfortunately on this occasion we were only able to view the place from outside. It is an awesome sight where you get to learn about Sydney's convict past. Highly recommended.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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David H wrote a review Dec 2020
Ingleburn, Australia19 contributions2 helpful votes
Too often we take for granted what is around us. This was a great eye opener to Sydney’s past and what our ancestors experienced. Really enjoyed the time and seeing the history and artefacts that were on display.
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