The walking tour was the first of several tours I booked to show a US guest around Sydney. Thankfully all the other tours have been fabulous. The walking tour was an embarrassment. My US guest was dumbfounded. The guide knew very little and couldn’t answer basic questions, such as what historic buildings were that he led us past on Bridge St. He strained to see what was written on one building’s entrance then jokingly replied “Public Entrance”. No-one found it funny that he had no idea what the major building was (on the corner of Bridge and Macquarie Streets). He pointed out the masts of a tall ship obscured by another boat; it was only about 20 steps away and we thought we would walk up to see it. Not so, he took us up steps away from it. Later he kept talking about “the designer” of the Sydney Opera House. I told him it was Jorn Utzon and he said “oh that’s it”. From the tour details, we expected to “visit the site where Mission Impossible II was filmed”; “see where the plague ran rampant in The Rocks”; “hear of the World War II battle in Sydney harbor” but none were even mentioned. Frankly, it was appalling. The guide seemed to know very little and we felt he could have done with a few Google searches before doing the tour. No-one tipped him for good reason. Later, we went on a Captain Cook cruise and my guest said “I’ve learnt more in the first 5 minutes than 2 hours on the tour this morning”. Very disappointing. Never again.
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