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The Rocks History and Pub Walking Tour

The Rocks History and Pub Walking Tour

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Sydney, Australia
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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

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.
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Local English-speaking guide
3 drink stops
Food and drinks, unless specified
Gratuities
Wharf 6 , Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
2:00 PM
The Rocks , The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia
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.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Minimum drinking age is 18 year
  • Please have proof of age ID with you (driver’s license or passport)
  • You have the choice between alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, so if you’re not a drinker but still interested in the neighbourhood and its history, you’ll still have a great time!
  • Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour
  • Your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people led by a local guide
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Urban Adventures Sydney
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Great tour
Anita_G
, Mar 2020
Simon was a friendly, knowledgeable guide. He showed us all around the Rocks area while providing an interesting overview of the nation's and city's history - very enjoyable. The pubs were a lot of fun and the beer was great. Enjoyed the rum as well. Simon also gave us two dining recommendations. We hit them both and the Sauv Blanc I had at Hotel Palisade was the best I had the entire 34-day vacation. I bought two bottles of it to take back home. Had a wonderful dinner at the second spot as well.
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Great to learn a little history whilst...
Meryn_O
, Feb 2018
Great to learn a little history whilst having a drink
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Great tour with a great tour guide...
Mareike G
, Feb 2018
Great tour with a great tour guide. Highly recommended when you stay in Sydney.
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We did this tour within hours of...
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!
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A bit disappointed as not really...
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
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Lucy met us at the Quay and we were...
chrisdorton
, 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!
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Great tour with great guides and...
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.
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We were the only people on the tour...
sullivc7
, 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.
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First of all we did not take this...
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!
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We met Lucy, the guide, at the...
Richard A
, May 2017
We met Lucy, the guide, at the Circular Quay. We turned out to be the only guests so she showed us around the Rocks. Lucy is very knowledgeable about the history of the area, both official and not. Her tales of what life was like when the colony was first founded were informative and interesting, not what you get in a school book. We visited 2 pubs in the area and she recommended the house specialties, which were great. Lucy made this tour and excellent way to spend an evening.
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