Sydney, Australia
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clock-o2 hours (Approx.)
ticket-oMobile ticket
commentOffered in: English


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.

  • Learn the true stories behind Sydney’s convict past
  • Historian guide leads 2-hour walking tour
  • Entrance to historic buildings included
  • Local guide answers questions and shares insider tips


Viator Traveler's Reviews

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, Dec 2018

Max' s passion for the history and characters of the period when convicts where transported to Australia was very evident.

, Oct 2018

Max is an excellent tour guide. A very interesting and informative walk. I loved the "back alleys' and the stories Max was able to tell us about Australian History. I liked the way he threw in a few questions too to keep us thinking. I have bad feet but I found there were enough stops to relax and listen, so I was able to manage this tour just fine. I hear Max has another tour up his sleeve. "Rum and Rascals". I can't wait to hear more from Max about Australia's past. Wish Max had been my history teacher!

, Jun 2018

An informative look into the city's history. Max was a great guide - informative and polite. Open to many questions and responded with clear answers.

I highly recommend this tour.

, Apr 2018

The walking tour was educational, gave us a glimpse into the past of Sydney's discovery by the British, the life's of the convicts and historic buildings. Conducted at a good walking pace with many stops at places you would not find if exploring on your own.
I would definitely recommend the tour to anyone wanting to learn more about the early history of The Rocks.

, Mar 2018

This was an amazing tour. The tour guide was very passionate about the history of Sydney and was well versed in giving tours. If you are interested in the beginning history of Sydney this is the tour for you.

, Feb 2018

We thoroughly enjoy history and so this walking tour was second to none for us - Max our tour guide has a wealth of international tour guiding experience and he was a really personable young man who made us feel at ease from the outset with his relaxed approach and friendly style. Max had an extremely in-depth, thorough knowledge of his subject 'Convicts and the Rocks' and he had a wealth of fascinating information that had us engaged from the outset. Max has researched this subject thoroughly and he is also a master storyteller which not only allows him to impart the facts but in a very clever way, he weaves a story that is well sequenced and logical, enabling one to commit to memory very clear, well-sequenced ideas about the development of early Sydney from the landing at Botany Bay through to the present day. There were so many moments during the couple of hours that we found ourselves as Australians with a real interest in history being delivered information that was really new to us, which gave us a much richer understanding of our early Sydney history. We highly recommend this tour to all age groups and Australians and tourists alike, as this is a fascinating way to spend a couple of hours and real value for money. At a couple of points along the tour when we stopped to focus on a place of historical significance, there were other walking tours nearby and we both related to each other, that we felt very fortunate to have selected 'Journey Walks' for our tour, as we knew from our tour experiences at that time that we had joined the best tour possible for all its aspects, including the quality of the Tour Guide Max is brilliant at what he does!, the path we traversed and the accompanying story, backed up with in-depth research and a thorough knowledge of the topic, woven by Max as we made our way around the historical precincts. We highly recommend this tour to all age groups and even feel it would be a really worthwhile excursion for both secondary and tertiary students of history. We will be seeking out another tour through 'Journey Walks' as soon as we can. We cannot recommend Max and this tour company highly enough. It was brilliant! John and Jacqueline Albury, NSW

, Nov 2017

Max Burns took us on a walk back into the past on our small group tour of The Rocks... his knowledge of the history and his ability to communicate all of it to us in such and enjoyable manner made this tour a wonderful start to our vacation in Australia and NZ...Max made history come alive and we are so happy we were able to spend our first morning with him!!!

, Oct 2017

A truly insightful experience that engaged our small group from start to finish! Our guide was a natural storyteller with an extensive background in Australian history and architecture. We were struck by his ability to weave Aboriginal, convict, colonial and military history into a clear and entertaining narrative through the Rocks and Circular Quay over 2 hours. Would certainly recommend this tour to both visitors and locals! I learnt so much!

, Oct 2017

Having been born in Sydney, I was almost embarrassed about how little of its history I knew! Max our guide was absolutely fantastic. His knowledge and enthusiasm kept us enthralled throughout the two or more hours of the tour. My wife and I were the only Australians on the tour, but I would recommend this tour to anyone, whether your a citizen of Australia or not.

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