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Join a knowledgeable local guide for a walking tour in the Rocks, one of Sydney's most popular and atmospheric neighborhoods. The Rocks district boasts a colorful history that dates to the early days of the British colony, in evidence when strolling through alleys lined with heritage buildings and convict-era artifacts. Learn about the district's seedy past and experience its stylish present day incarnation when you sip craft beers at historic pubs with a small-group limited to 12 participants.

Highlights

  • 2.5-hour guided walking tour of The Rocks in Sydney
  • See colonial stone buildings and hidden back streets
  • Stop at two different historic pubs
  • Visit a well-preserved archaeological site with artifacts from the early days of the colony
  • Hear informative stories about the convict-era in Sydney
  • Includes three glasses of local craft beers

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

A fantastic combination of Sydney’s history and craft beers, this small-group walking tour features a fascinating walk through the historic Rocks district with stops for drinks. History comes to life as you explore on foot and visit two historic pubs that date to the 1830s.

What You Can Expect

The Rocks History and Pub Walking Tour

The Rocks, Sydney

After meeting your guide in Circular Quay, walk for just a few moments to reach the Rocks district, where the British colony took root after it was founded in 1788.

See important sites from Sydney’s early settlement as you follow your guide through backstreets that were largely built by convict laborers. Convicts carved sandstone cliffs into blocks that were used to construct roads and homes in the fledgling colony. As you continue to walk at a leisurely pace though the neighborhood, hear about the days when it was considered a dangerous slum; hard to believe when passing the fashionable restaurants and boutiques that dominate the area in modern times.

At regular intervals during your tour, stop for drinks at favorite local institutions, including two historic pubs that date to the 1800s.

You also visit a historic pub for a craft beer and discover an extensive archaeological site with artifacts from the 1790s. Hear more stories about convicts, settlers, and even a military coup that played out in this district. Wrap up with a delicious beer at another historic pub located close to Circular Quay.

Expect to walk about 1.5 miles (2.5km) at a leisurely pace with plenty of stops. At the end of an entertaining and informative 2.5-hour tour, make your own way to your next destination.

Customer Reviews

Leslie B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

The Tour was excellent.. Not only was it a great introduction to the history of the first settlers but it took us to delightful and interesting places we may not have discovered. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and the rum and beer were very tasty!

Jill C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Our guide made learning about history very interesting. Would highly recommend this tour to anyone who wants to learn about the beginning of Sydney.

Barbara S Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Fabulous tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and interesting. He did everything to make our experience the best it could be.

Miki

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Very interesting tour as it roams around the narrow streets and alley ways of The Rocks whilst learning the history and significant events that shaped it into the iconic place that it is today.

sullivc7

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Great tour! We learned a lot about the history of Sydney and Australia which gave us a good perspective for the rest of our time in Sydney and the country. Our tour guide, Louise, was excellent! She was prepared, knowledgeable, funny, and very attentive. The food and drink stops were well planned and high quality.

DEBORAH R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

The Rocks history was very interesting and our tour guide was very knowledgeable. The pub we stopped at for dinner was where the locals go and the food was excellent. The beer selections our guide recommended were perfect. My husband and I were the only one on this 3 hour tour and so glad that it was not cancelled!!

Genaro V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

This walking tour is most educational as it tackled the history of Australia and our tour guide Tony Hutchinson is entertaining and thorough with his historical accounts as he traversed us to the streets and thoroughfare of the Rocks. We have a great time...worth every penny. Thank you.

Evelyn J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

fun evening with lots of history thrown in to explain this important part of Sydney's past.

cait

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Really, really great! Interesting - and interested/engaged guide, who thoroughly enjoyed sharing the information she had about the area - increasing our knowledge and interest, as well. She was very good about learning what interested those of us on the tour and finding ways of making her information even more relevant for each of us - WELL DONE! and very well worth the experience! Highly recommended.

Candice W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Our guide Kirsty was so lovely and answered all our questions too. We had dinner at Phillips Foote and it was fantastic, staff very friendly and food awesome too.

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