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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

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 yesterday via mobile
Informative & Fun

Thanks to a birthday gift for my boyfriend, my sister, her husband & the two of us spend a thoroughly enjoyable 2+ hours with Max. He explained in great & interesting detail the history of the colony of Sydney, the meanings behind some very well...More

Thank acstravell
Reviewed 4 days ago
Amazing Journey through Sydney's History!

My wife and I went on the convict/rocks tour, led by Max, and we could not recommend it enough! Max covered so much history, which is all around us in Sydney but we never stop to notice it. So many secret alleyways and hovels and...More

Thank Derek M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
So Impressive

The tour guide was immensely insightful, professional and engaging. We learned quite a bit about the fascinating people who once lived in this historic enclave of Sydney. My husband’s only criticism was that they should have charged us more(!) as he felt it was worth...More

Thank Katelisdz
Maxwell B, Owner at Journey Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

That's the best criticism I think we've ever received! :) Thanks so much for this fantastic review and we are so glad you enjoyed your Journey Walk! Best Regards Max

Reviewed 27 June 2018

Wonderful tour, and a great value! We learned about underground secrets (hint: there are three of them) in Sydney, and learned about the early history of Australia. For Americans with very little knowledge of the history of the country, this was a great introduction

Thank Katy G
Maxwell B, Owner at Journey Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Great to read you enjoyed the tour and the Sydney secrets it revealed Katy! Thanks so much for taking the time to review. We hope to see you again! Best Max

Reviewed 12 June 2018
Absolutely fascinating with enthusiastic guide

June 8th, 18 my friend and I had the pleasure of being guided by April who was wonderful. She was so informed, so enthusiastic and we loved the whole tour. She was really invested in the topic with post grad studies around convict appearel. She...More

Thank Lori-traveller
Maxwell B, Owner at Journey Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Lori, We're so glad you enjoyed April's tour in June and really appreciate your positive feedback! Thanks for joining our Journey Walk and we hope to have you onboard again. Best Regards Max

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Response from Charlene C | Reviewed this property |
I think so - numbers on their website are +61 427 266 000 or +61 421 269 240