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Great overview of the history and landmarks of early Sydney. Our guide, Brian, was fantastic - learned, entertaining and very personable. In addition to sharing common sights, he took us to several out-of-the-way places which helped provide a richer insight into the lives and livelihoods of the people that inhabited “The Rocks” over the centuries. Well worth the modest fee!
Delve into the history of Sydney and British Australia on a leisurely 90-minute walking tour in The Rocks district with an expert guide. Along with famous spots like the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, you’ll see historic buildings and colonial-era sites such as Cadman's Cottage and Garrison Church. Weave through old hidden alleyways, lanes and courtyards where the past comes alive as you hear fascinating stories of Sydney’s beginnings from your guide.
This is a first rate experience- every thing from the prep to the climb itself is really nicely done. We were equipped with rain gear in the event of rain, and that really helped. We wore the rain pants on the way up but only put the jackets on once it started to rain.
Great photos, reasonably priced, and Richard was an excellent tour leader for our group. Don’t miss it!
Was so much fun!! Would highly recommend it! We did the sampler and that was plenty. Is the same as the full excursion, just not as long and we didn't go as high up. Also, it could not be any safer...they cover all the bases.
Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge for unrivaled views from a height of 440 feet (134 meters) on this Australian landmark. Choose a half-day BridgeClimb with a guide in the morning or afternoon, or climb at dawn, twilight, or night. Choose from several other options, including a Sampler Climb that takes you halfway up, or a BridgeClimb Summit Express for a rigorous ascent at a faster pace. Climbs to the summit are limited to 14 participants to ensure personalized attention in a small group.
This tour was in-depth and gave us so much history and information about the central city district and the rocks. Greg is a fabulous guide and even though there were only two guests on the tour, on a very hot afternoon, he gave us a complete and entertaining walk. This small group tour is the best way to explore Sydney. We highly recommend Greg!!!
There were 3 of us on this tour. This young man did a good job keeping us moving. He just hit on the highlights of this area of Sydney. He was very informative about the local pubs and there is some confusion in Sydney on which pub is the oldest. The second tour we took the next day was much more informative about this whole area.
Dig deeper into Sydney’s dark history and multi-cultural heritage on this 3-hour walking tour of the city’s best bits. Learn about Sydney’s Aboriginal roots, convict past and colonial history as you follow your guide around Circular Quay, The Rocks and Sydney Harbour. Stop along the way to admire landmark buildings like the Customs House, Parliament House and St Mary's Cathedral; stroll around Hyde Park; and snap photos of Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Tower.
Convicts and The Rocks: Sydney's Walking History Tour Led by Historian
"THE ROCKS" Rock!
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, Jan 2020
Max, our guide and Historian, was awesome, interesting, so informative. The history of the Rocks encompasses the history of Australia and Max made it come alive. Don't miss this most interesting tour and schedule it early in your visit as it ties into everything else you'll see and learn, Best of luck Max with your PhD studies in History!
April was a most enthusiastic and knowledgeable tour guide for the rocks! I would highly recommended taking the walking tour to learn about the history of Sydney and Australia. We had a great time on this tour would like to have had time to do the other tour with April, thanks to people like her that keep history alive!
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.
Sydney The Rocks Historical Pub Tour with Drinks and Dinner
A memorable pub crawl
, Jan 2020
We thoroughly enjoyed our evening “on the rocks” in Sydney, starting with pub dinner at the Australian Hotel pub, where we met our intrepid guide, Colin. Once we finished eating, we strolled to Harts pub for our introduction to the traditions and history of beer drinking as Sydney developed from its hard working origins, learned about “beer crimes” and how the Sydney drinking style developed. Col kept us highly entertained and slipped lots of history into the night.
I highly recommend this tour for anyone who enjoys ‘the bending of the wrist,” and who has an interest in local history.
This tour was fantastic. Our guide was very friendly and knowledgeable, not just about beer, but also about the history of the area. It was a smaller tour which made it even more fun because we got to know the people in our group and there's nothing like having a few beers with people that are cool.
Spend some time like a classic Aussie on a historical pub tour of The Rocks, Sydney’s oldest neighborhood. Join a fun-loving and informative guide, and visit some of the quarter’s oldest drinking holes to experience authentic Aussie pub life. Enjoy five drinks and dinner; discover pubs' behind-the-scenes secrets; and uncover the The Rocks' history, discovering how its drink spots have shaped local culture. Includes souvenir gift, photos, and discount vouchers for local shops and restaurants.
we had Gregg (of Dave's Tours) - he was excellent. a lot of fun, great interaction; a lot of info besides the tastings. my only criticism (but i still rate this a 5) was that there should be some snacks or light bites. 2 - 3 hours of just drinks, starting at 6:30, is a bit rough.
This is a wonderful mix of history about the Rocks and early Sydney settlement/life as well as a great pub tour with some excellent choices of Australian beer. Our guide, Rob, was fantastic! He knew a ton about the history of the Rocks as well as the pubs we visited and general Australian history as well. We really enjoyed our time with him. Only thing to note is that this is a 3 hour tour! Not 2.5 as Viator claims.
Discover the history of Sydney on a 2.5-hour walking tour and pub crawl in The Rocks. Your knowledgeable and entertaining guide takes you to four of Sydney's oldest pubs where you try a different glass of craft beer, cider, or wine in each venue. Learn about the early days of the British colony in Australia and hear the stories of these old-time pubs as you enjoy their rich atmosphere and tasty drinks.
We are not large your group people so I chose this based on the size and the fact that a photographer always knows the most beautiful views. There were some bush fires at the time of our tour so our scenery was slightly dampened by smoke but was still amazing. If you are wanting small and more personalized I highly recommend this tour. The van was brand new and very comfortable. Thanks for the snacks as well.
Visit the spectacular Blue Mountains and come away with dramatic photos you can be proud of on this small-group tour. Spend the day hiking around this grand National Park with a professional photographer guide, getting hints and tips on how to make your photos better reflect the impressive sights on display. Hike through dense Australian forest, visit picturesque waterfalls and remarkable rock formations, and stop at a series of lookouts with views that stretch to the horizon, especially at sunset.
Aboriginal Heritage Tour at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Highlight of our time in Sydney!
, Jan 2020
This tour offers a rare (for tourists anyway) insight into the relationship between Australia's Aboriginal people and the land. Our guide Ebony led us through the Botanic Garden discussing the traditional uses of various plants. We were able to taste and smell many of these, and enjoyed a lovely damper and fingerlime jam at the end of the tour. At the same time, Ebony gave us a fantastic insight into the spiritual relationship between the Aboriginal people and the natural world that surrounds them. The tour was fascinating throughout and made all of the participants in our party want to learn more about Aboriginal culture. A huge thanks to Ebony who took the time to share her knowledge and experiences with us!
First, the park is not very well accessible for walkers. The tour started out ok but I didn't find that we covered the I formation I was expecting to hear. The first half hour was fine. Would think twice if you have a walker or wheelchair.
Discover how the Cadigal people used local plant life to thrive on a tour of the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney. Lead by an Aboriginal guide, you receive insider information on the history, culture, and practices of the first people of present day Sydney. Depending on the season, you may get to try traditional Bush foods along the way.
Sydney Shore Excursion: Sydney Opera House Walking Tour
Very good tour, excellent guide
, Oct 2019
Chris was a wonderful guide and showed us around in this amazing building, giving us heaps of informations, answering a lot of questions and being very passionate about the sydney opera house. Thanks for the tour Chris!
Enjoy an insider’s perspective on the iconic Sydney Opera House during a 1-hour walking tour. Learn about the performances, history, and architecture of the World Heritage-listed Sydney Opera House as your expert guide takes you behind the scenes of the venue. Get photos ops from vantage points that are normally off-limits, and have the option to include a tasting Plate at Opera Kitchen or dine at the famous Opera Bar. Tours are offered throughout the day, making it easy to schedule into your sightseeing when your cruise ship docks in Sydney.
Come, if you dare, on a night-time stroll through the haunted corners of Sydney that contain mysteries with a supernatural twist. Your informative guide leads you on a 1.5-hour walking tour around The Rocks district, the site where Sydney was founded and a place full of spine-tingling stories and legendary ghosts. Historical events hold the keys to some of the paranormal phenomena, which include hauntings and ghost sightings that your guide explains in fascinating detail.
Sydney is famous for its nightlife, but with new bars and restaurants springing up all the time, it’s impossible to keep up. This 3-hour small-group walking tour will help you escape the tourist trail and discover Sydney’s burgeoning small bar scene, including drinks, tapas, and snacks at three different bars.
We were guided by the lovely Amanda, who was delightful. She told us about the tribal history of the Aboriginal people and showed us how they lived in the area.
It was a slow-paced tour allowing plenty of time for questions and friendly chat.
Be touched by the most ancient human culture on earth in a 90-minute leisurely walkabout with an Aboriginal guide in The Rocks Sydney, and journey into DreamTime, the culture of Aboriginal People.
illi-Langi The Rocks Aboriginal Dreaming Tour is 100 per cent Aboriginal-owned and was developed by Aboriginal Elder, Margret Campbell, a Dunghutti – Jerrinjah woman. It is led by Aboriginal guides who have her permission to share her cultural knowledge. The tour gives you the opportunity to discover how the ancient Aboriginal DreamTime is still alive within the modern Sydney landscape and how the billion-year-old harbour, marine environment, sandstone strata, waterways, flora and fauna continue to influence how Aboriginal people live today.
Manly Snorkel Trip and Nature Walk with Local Guide
Excellent snorkel trip
, Nov 2019
This was an excellent trip. Sam, our guide, was extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic both in the short walk before the dive and the dive itself. She even took photos of us underwater. A beautiful place, made even better by the tour!
Join your choice of a morning or afternoon excursion to Manly to snorkel in the clear calm waters of Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve. Just a short hop from Sydney, see some of Australia's diverse marine life on this guided snorkeling tour. Your expert guide leads your small group of beginning and experienced snorkelers into the water from the beach. With group numbers limited to 10 participants, enjoy customized attention from your guide. Also, take a short guided walk on the headlands for fantastic views of the Northern Beaches.
this tour is guided by a local Sydney born guide and this tour takes you through hidden sydney and explores the harbour and historic rocks area and it’s hidden lane ways and hidden gems where we started in 1788
Discover Sydney’s most infamous crime scenes and learn about its chilling past on this leisurely walking tour. The saying “Truth is stranger than fiction” plays out as you hear Sydney’s most terrifying tales, walk through its neighborhoods, and visit the sites of its true crimes. Your guide provides fascinating facts about the city’s dark history.
Explore the LGBT history of Sydney during an entertaining and informative 2-hour walking tour. Follow your informative local guide through Hyde Park, the Royal Botanic Garden and over to rainbow-bedecked Oxford Street to hear about Sydney’s history and modern-day status as one of the world’s most gay-friendly cities, and home to the famous Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Wrap up with a complimentary drink at a gay bar on Oxford Street.
Dive deep into the cultural roots of Australia during this Blue Mountains tour from Sydney including round-trip transport, morning tea and scones, and a 2-course lunch. Watch a traditional aboriginal smoking ceremony at Katoomba Waterfall, and then head to the Waradah Aboriginal Centre and Featherdale Wildlife Park. End your day with a ferry ride up the Parramatta River into Sydney Harbour.
Me and my friends from Ukraine visit the Jenolan Caves Imperial/Diamond Tour. We did have very experience tour guide Stu, who enlighten us with the history and and entertaining information of the caves. +15 degrees inside the caves opposite +32 degrees outside were very refreshing and calm. We did not see the platypus, but all of the stalactite and stalagmites were exceptional and artistically lightened. River with and diamonds in the caves were mystical and gave out of the world impression
Make your own way through the Blue Mountains and discover one of the Jenolan Caves' numerous chambers. On this experience, navigate your way through the Imperial Cave, an impressive network that follows an ancient river passage. Marvel at the dramatic Crystal City, the Alabaster Column, and the aptly-named Shawl Cave, filled with delightful cave shawls. Admire displays of excavated animal bones including the Tasmanian Devil, which has long been extinct on mainland Australia. Your experience also includes an optional Jenolan Underground River experience.
Get together with a guide and small group of fellow nightlife lovers to explore the Sydney CBD or Darlinghurst/Surry Hills on a cocktail tour. With a provided drink and food at the first bar, you'll kick off the night of exploring some nightlife hot spots that most tourists never find. Listen to your guide's commentary on Sydney's nightlife scene as you travel and leave the bar-hopping night with a map of recommendations for where to continue the party.
Get a proper introduction to Sydney during this walking tour that includes stops at some of the city’s most popular attractions, including the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. You’ll enjoy a small-group experience, limited to just 12 people, as you follow the path of a historical freshwater stream through central Sydney. Learn little-known facts about the city, and gain knowledge from your guide that’ll help you when you're sightseeing on your own.
When it comes to walking tours, we have all the knowledge and insight into the areas history. Our small group sizes keep the walk personal. Our guides are all friendly and experienced. We know the best spots for a photo. We guarantee you will walk away with a whole new mindset on the Bondi to Coogee Walk.
Experience the sun, sand and surf at Australia’s most iconic beach, with this 1.5-hour walking tour of Bondi Beach. Learn about the area’s Aboriginal heritage, see where the famous ‘Bondi Rescue’ TV show is filmed and learn how Bondi Beach became a hotspot for tourists, celebrities and surfers. Along the way, admire the Bondi Aboriginal rock art sites; pose for photos by the Bondi Pavilion and take a peek at celebrity residences located nearby.
Get to know the city through the eyes of a passionate local. With no set itinerary, you can customize the tour or leave it up to the local for an insightful introduction to the city. Make travel about the people you meet not just the places you see. With our walking tours, you’ll skip the mundane historical tours and discover the city through a local’s eyes. Experience a tour that will transform the way you travel to make it as much about the people you meet, as it is the places you see. Our local guides (Lokafyers) are passionate about their city and eager to share their knowledge and perspective. Since Lokafyers are not professional guides and tour occasionally, they provide an experience that’s authentic and personal, like a friend showing you around their city. By the end of the tour, you'll feel comfortable navigating the city and confident that you have all the information you need to make the most of your stay.
Scratch the (dirty) underbelly of Sydney's notorious red light district on this sin and beer drenched private Sydney tour. Hear about the notorious figures and big-time pimps who made 'the Cross' what it is today: a gritty, urban hub of vices that come in many guises. The best thing is, because this is a private tour, we can adjust the itinerary to suit you, so let us know when you’re booking if there any special places you are dying to visit!