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Convicts and The Rocks: Sydney's Walking History Tour

  • Learn the true stories behind Sydney’s convict past
  • Historian guide leads 2-hour walking tour
  • Entrance to historic buildings included
Convicts and The Rocks: Sydney's Walking History Tour
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Convicts and The Rocks: Sydney's Walking History Tour
US$ 17.47

Head to The Rocks to learn about Sydney’s colorful past. Your historian guide will regale you with stories of the first convicts to arrive in Sydney, their early experiences in Australia, and how they ultimately transformed a shanty camp to an enduring settlement. Listen to tales of street gangs, see the city’s oldest cottage, visit the Customs House, and check out maps and murals of old and new Sydney.

What to Expect

Once upon a time a bizarre colonial experiment took place on the rocky shores of a forested cove. 15,000-miles from home, Britain's banished thieves would be locked in a jail whose walls were made of ocean, bush, hunger and fear.

Defying the odds, this shanty camp would clutch to life on the banks of a tiny stream. Gardens were grown, rum was traded and homes were carved into the sandstone cliffs.

Centuries changed, legends grew, scallywag Sydney was born. Her squalid secrets etched into the very rocks from which she was built.

Share a part in this story. This tour will keep your eyes wide open, your ears pricked and your imagination ignited!

Your Guide:
This tour is led by a local historian who specializes in contemporary storytelling. Your guide will create an informative, interactive and playful atmosphere that makes everyone feel welcome and involved in the tour.

The Walk:
While centered in the Rocks, your walk will also include Sydney's original fresh water stream, plus a look inside Customs House. In the Rocks, expect hidden corridors, cobblestone laneways and sandstone ruins that make up Sydney's most infamous historical quarter.

Your walking tour will cover:

  • Sydney before the ships arrived
  • 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
  • Great escapes, murder, mutiny and fortunes
  • The rum trade and rebellion
  • The remains of Sydney’s old world Tycoons
  • Street gang stories and scandals
  • Sydney's oldest surviving cottage
  • A visit inside Customs house and the Argyle stores
  • Models, maps and murals of new & old Sydney town
  • Any question you have: answered on the spot
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile
Sydney’s Convict Colony - The Rocks Walking Tour

Such an interesting tour! Max has a real gift in delivering great interesting information! We went to areas I’d never been before, little back alleys, narrow corridors opening into such rich historical hideaways! Gems dripping into emotion and wonder! Max certainly delivered much more than...More

Thank Lynette C
Reviewed 2 days ago
A Brilliant History Tour

Our Journey Walks tourer guide Max, is an engaging storyteller and has wonderful knowledge of the history of Sydney Cove. His passion for history bought the stories and characters of the historical Rocks area to life. Max highlighted many things that I have previously walk...More

1  Thank Stella M
Reviewed 2 days ago
History ... Exercise... Beer

We booked 2 tours with Journey Walks: the morning we did Sydney’s Convict Coloney with April and in the afternoon the Sydney Harbour Bridge Adventure with Max. We had a great time. The tours were great, we learned about the history in a story telling...More

Thank VWCalgary
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Sydney walking tour

Superb walking tour of old Sydney. Booked it last minute and so glad we did. One of the most informative and entertaining walking tours we’ve ever done. April made the history come alive for our 9year old and the stories memorable and personal in a...More

Thank Andrea J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Sydney walking tour.

Fantastic tour and history of the Rock's. Max is very personable and knowledgeable of the history of Sydney.

Thank William K
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I think so - numbers on their website are +61 427 266 000 or +61 421 269 240