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About Convicts And The Rocks: Sydney's Walking Tour Led By Historian

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Stop At: Journey Walks, Sydney Customs House 31 Alfred St, 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: 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: Tank Stream Fountain, 5010 Herald Square, Sydney, New South Wales 2000 Australia

Uncover the secrets of Sydney's original fresh water source, now hidden below your feet. The Tank stream not only helped Sydney's convict colony survive but it was one of the main reasons this cove was chosen as the site of Australia's first penal settlement

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

A hidden courtyard in the heart of The Rocks with an ancient sandstone storehouse once filled with barrels of spirits and tobacco that now functions as a beer garden and club.

Duration: 10 minutes
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  • 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
  • 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 travelers 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 travelers. If it’s canceled 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 travelers
Customs House, 31 Alfred St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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5.0 based on 10 reviews

  • O3677WRSW 5
    15 Dec 2021

    Max is a great tour guide. A PhD history student with a depth of knowledge and an entertaining way of conveying it. Gave us a new perspective of Sydney.

  • vanessajA9104VQ 5
    12 Dec 2021

    Thank you Max for a fabulous tour. We are from Sydney and we really enjoyed it. Your extensive knowledge of and passion for Sydney’s history was evident throughout the tour. It was fascinating and entertaining, with just the right amount of historic detail mixed with fun stories, and never dull or laborious. It was great to wander the back lanes of Circular Quay and The Rocks and finish in a lovely, historic pub. We will definitely be booking the other tours.

  • j0hnball 5
    11 Dec 2021

    Max is a very well informed, enthusiastic and engaging guide who really bought the history to life, pointing out many features we have previously passed by, providing context for the first few years of Sydney’s history. A thoroughly enjoyable and fascinating tour, recommend for locals and interstate visitors. We’ll certainly be taking more of these tours very soon.

  • GasBurger 5
    08 Dec 2021

    Max was fantastic, his knowledge of the Convict period and the Rocks area was second to none. Thoroughly recommend this walking tour to anyone that wants to learn about this incredible time in Australian History.

  • Margaret2567 5
    27 Mar 2021

    Thoroughly enjoyed our tour yesterday with April. We saw parts of Sydney we have never seen, her knowledge of the area and its history is second to none. Her commentary brings the past to life.

  • 7gailm 5
    11 Feb 2021

    Today my sister and I joined this walking tour with April who took us on a journey into the past history of Sydney Cove and the Rocks area. As descendants of the First Fleet, we thought we knew a little of our history, but we quickly realised that April was far more knowledgeable on the subject. Her enthusiasm was contagious and her stories were captivating! Highly recommend this tour!

  • Luce31A 5
    04 Oct 2020

    Phenomenal tour!! These guys are not only super interesting but fun and friendly .. thanks for having us :)

  • Lympip 5
    26 Sep 2020

    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

  • sealeg 5
    17 Sep 2020

    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. This tour was well paced and a bargain. A great small group tour. I had lost my information on this tour which is why it has taken a while to review. I was also prompted by the lovely email update from Max (I’m guessing Big Max) about their restarting the tours after all these months of Covid uncertainty, which only goes to show how much this companies professionalism extends. I’m stuck in closed borders but I can say, without hesitation I sincerely recommend this tour and this tour company to anyone who wants to learn something new and have some fun in the process. I will return to support you when I can return to Sydney. The praise this business gets is well earned. Good luck.

  • ebsc 5
    19 Jun 2020

    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 investment!!

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