Customs House Tours

Located in bustling Circular Quay, historic Customs House stands on the spot where modern Australia was founded. This is the site where the famous First Fleet came ashore in 1788, to establish a British penal colony in a land very far away. When the building was constructed in 1845, it was built in a classically Georgian style that’s exceptionally well preserved today, and simply the exterior is a sight in itself in the middle of Circular Quay. All the way up until 1990, Customs House served as the Customs Service headquarters for anyone entering the country, but today is a popular public space for just lounging and killing some time. On the top story, a café looks out over Circular Quay and is a nice place for grabbing a coffee, while the Sydney Library and it’s 400,000 books are open for viewing below. There’s free wi fi throughout the building—which is somewhat of a rarity in Sydney—and there’s even a miniature replica of the city in a glass atrium in the floor.

Practical Info

Customs House is a popular public meeting and gathering area, and is the logical place for meeting with friends or joining a group downtown. There’s no admission to enter the building, which definitely warrants a casual stroll while exploring Circular Quay.
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Address: 31 Alfred Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
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Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-Midnight, Saturday 10am-Midnight, Sunday 11am-5pm
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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.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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$20.45 USD
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Sydney Private Group 5-Hour Architectural Walking Tour

Discover Sydney's historic and modern architecture though the eyes of your guide during this 5-hour private tour. Sydney’s history and architectural story is rich while still being so young on a global scale. New South Wales sits on a sandstone bed and many of their buildings are made from this beautiful stone. Journey throughout Sydney and visit the Sydney Opera House, the harbor foreshore, the CBD, and the Royal Botanic Gardens.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$174.12 USD
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Story of Sydney Running Tour

Stretch your legs and get some exercise while exploring Sydney thanks to this 90-minute running tour covering the city’s history and top landmarks. Run for 4.6 miles (7.5 kilometers), passing Sydney attractions like the Opera House, Cadman’s Cottage, Hyde Park Barracks, and Sydney Harbour Bridge, among others. Celebrate your run by finishing with an included coffee at one of the city’s top caffeine purveyors.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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$57.70 USD
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