Once upon a time, a bizarre colonial experiment took place on the rocky shores of Sydney’s ancient harbour. Thousands of miles from home, England’s banished thieves were locked in a prison with ocean walls, forced to find food & cut through stone.
Defying the odds, their shanty camp clutched to life on the banks of a tiny stream. Gardens were grown, goods were traded & rum soon ranked as both currency & cure.
As centuries changed, legends grew and The Rocks became full of rascals. Scallywags sailed into shore, Larrikins loitered in the laneways & many a clever convict swapped their chains for riches.
Journey Walks invites you to share a part in this remarkable story. This tour will keep your ears pricked, your eyes open and your passion for the past brought to life.
This tour is led by a heritage professional with extensive tour guiding experience. Expect history with a sense of humour and the kind of juicy details that bring the past back to life.
While centred in the Rocks, your walk will also include important relics and remains around circular Quay such as those hiding in Macquarie Place and underneath the foreshore, plus a look inside Customs House. In the Rocks, expect hidden corridors, cobblestone lane-ways and sandstone ruins that make up Sydney's most infamous historical quarter.
Your walking tour will cover:
- Indigenous Sydney — the harbour and its clans
- Why did the convicts come? A clear context to transportation
- The voyage, landing and struggles of the First Fleet
- Secrets from the early convict colony
- Convict craftsmen and entrepreneurs
- The rum trade and its repercussions
- Street gang stories and scandals
- Sydney's oldest surviving cottage
- Hidden sandstone structures and ruins
- A visit inside Customs house and the Argyle stores
- The remains of Sydney's slums and shanties
- Models, maps and murals of new & old Sydney town
- Any question you have answered in the spot
This tour is not recommended for children under 12 years of age as it involves adult content, 2.5 hours of history and walking (which can often be little much for younger guests) and ends at a pub in The Rocks.
While mostly on flat ground, several staircases are included in our walk due to the layout of The Rocks and thus the tour requires an ability to ascend and descend these flights. It is also important that guests are able to maintain their balance on cobbled surfaces, over grass and on sloped ground. Unfortunately these factors (especially the stairs) prevent easy access for those with strollers or in wheelchairs making the tour unsuitable for those with limited mobility.
A good level of English is recommended for this tour as the historic content will be brought to life through detailed stories and information (this is a talking tour just as much as a walking tour) and is currently not available in any other languages.
- alarm Duration: 120
- person Age: All Ages
- people Group Size: Min 2 Max 7
- Available for all ages
- Packages start from $36.00pp
- Beginners Welcome
- All Equipment Provided
- Full Instruction
question_answer Frequently Asked Questions
What is the minimum age for Walking Tours at Sydney?
The minimum age for Walking Tours at Sydney is suitable for all ages.
How long does an Walking Tours session at Sydney last?
The average Walking Tours session at our Sydney centre is 2 to 3 hour.
Is Walking Tours Sydney open for bookings during the week?
Absolutely, however Walking Tours is busiest at the weekend - and our Sydney centre is no exception. This means you might need a larger group monday through friday.
Is Walking Tours Sydney open for bookings at weekends?
Walking Tours at Sydney is busiest at the weekends so we'd definitely recommend booking in advance! Obviously, we'll always try to accommodate last minute Walking Tours bookings but once the spots are booked up they are booked up!
How popular is the Walking Tours Sydney center?
Geronigo® aims for all of our Walking Tours locations to be amongst the the best and most popular, our Walking Tours Sydney center is no exception. Book with confidence!
Can I buy a gift voucher for Walking Tours Sydney?
Yes you can buy Walking Tours Sydney gift vouchers either online or over the phone. Geronigo® gift vouchers are valid for 12 months, can be gift wrapped or for a last minute gift idea can be instant email delivered. Remember that any gift experience voucher from Geronigo® including our Walking Tours Sydney vouchers can be used for booking at any of our thousands of Geronigo® adventure locations (for no extra charge!).
What is the postcode for Walking Tours Sydney?
The postcode for Walking Tours Sydney is Sydney NSW 2000. Please note that sometimes our Walking Tours centers are difficult to find from a postcode and satnav. We will supply detailed directions to Walking Tours Sydney on your booking receipt.
Where is Walking Tours Sydney?
The Walking Tours Sydney center is located at the following address: 31 Alfred St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia. Please note that sometimes our Walking Tours centers are difficult to find, please follow the directions on your booking receipt!
How much is Walking Tours at Sydney?
The average package price of Walking Tours at Sydney $36.00. The lowest price is $36.00 with the most expensive option being $36.00.
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