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The Rocks History and Pub Walking Tour

NSW, Australia
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2 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
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Offered in: English


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.
  • 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 Travelers Choose This Tour

For pub lovers, this is the ideal way to explore the Rocks with three beers included.
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.

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, Feb 2018

Great to learn a little history whilst having a drink

Mareike G
, Feb 2018

Great tour with a great tour guide. Highly recommended when you stay in Sydney.

Debbie S
, Dec 2017

We did this tour within hours of landing in Sydney! It was a lot of walking and stairs so if you have limited capabilities be aware this is challenging but well worth the effort! I walk with a cane and it was difficult but doable -- a wheelchair would not be! Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly. If beer or the rum offered is not your drink they will sub in something you can drink. Good way to get the history of early Sydney without a dry book or boring history lesson!

Fiona S
, Sep 2017

A bit disappointed as not really what I was expecting. Guide was a bit unorganised and basically seemed to meander around BUT there was some interesting facts I wasn't aware of before the tour

, Aug 2017

Lucy met us at the Quay and we were off for a true local experience. Her great knowledge of the area really helped us understand the history of the beginnings of Sydney. We poked into little known places that few will discover on their own.
The first wine tasting room is more of do-it-yourself affair and the wines were undistinguished. Not so much a tasting room as a storefront.
Dinner, which was included and quite ample, was at a lovely little pub and quite enjoyable. It gave us a lot of time to get to know Lucy and learn about the issues facing Australia. Turns out they hate they wretched politicians as much as we do!
We finished up with another wine tasting and Lucy helped us plan what to see for the next day. That was most helpful as we feel her tips really helped us maximize our time. GREAT local guide and an excellent value!

Evelyn J
, Aug 2017

Great tour with great guides and lots of history explained. There were many anecdotal stories told to expand on the basic facts and loved the meal and beer at the end.

, Jul 2017

We were the only people on the tour that day and it was great. We learned so much about the history of Sydney. The guide was fantastic and the dinner was great.

Donna H
, Jul 2017

First of all we did not take this actual tour due to a Viator conflict, but they set us up with a City Walking Tour which we really enjoyed. Also, it was less so they gladly gave us a refund, so no issues there! It was no inconvenience to us and in fact, we feel we probably enjoyed the City Tour more!

Kerry E
, May 2017

Excellent walking tour. Very informative about the settlement of Australia. The pubs we went to were top notch as well.

, May 2017

Product code: 7018SYDP

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