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Sydney Convicts, History & The Rocks 2.5-Hour Walking Tour

1. Sydney Convicts, History & The Rocks 2.5-Hour Walking Tour

Join this tour for an immersive exploration of Sydney’s notorious heritage as you uncover the stories, sights and secrets of its hidden convict origins in The Rocks. As you navigate your way past the forgotten relics and ruins of this historic quarter, your guide will unpack the process of criminal transportation to Australia and its immediate effect on Sydney’s indigenous population at the turn of the 19th century. You'll discover the curious case of the convict architect and the ambitious Governor who wanted to decorate the prison settlement, and you’ll retrace the steps of the teenage girl who rose from chains to riches by conquering Sydney’s economy. Expect unique examples of Georgian and Victorian architecture, hidden corridors, convict cut sandstone, abandoned slums and enormous cellars for spirits and stores. Get lost in charm of The Rocks as its past is brought back to life by your expert history guide, and develop a d great understanding about how early Sydney came to be. Crafted to suit both locals and visitors, this tour will keep your eyes wide open, your ears pricked and your imagination ignited.

Sydney: The Rocks 90-Minute Walking Tour

2. Sydney: The Rocks 90-Minute Walking Tour

Join a specialist local guide and visit The Rocks, a historic area that features some of the oldest colonial buildings in Sydney and some of the best views of the Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. Hear stories about the early days of British Australian settlement on a 90-minute guided walk and how it has shaped modern Australia. Your tour group is limited to a maximum of 20 participants and you’ll walk at a leisurely pace along a 2-kilometer route. Tour highlights include: • The shoreline of sparkling Sydney Cove • Views of the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge • Cadman's Cottage, Sydney’s oldest surviving cottage, built in 1816 • Campbell's Cove, offering fantastic views of the Sydney Opera House • Harbour Bridge and Campbell’s Cove wharves • Foundation Park, one of The Rocks’ best-kept secrets • The awe-inspiring Argyle Cut • George Street, Greenway Lane, Kendall Lane, Suez Canal and Nurses Walk

Sydney: Sweet Treats Walking Tour of the Harbour & The Rocks

3. Sydney: Sweet Treats Walking Tour of the Harbour & The Rocks

Spend a couple of hours on an afternoon walking tour tasting your way through Sydney’s historic waterfront. Get an introduction to lesser-known artisans and providers of all things delightful as you explore Sydney Harbour, Circular Quay, and The Rocks on foot. Meander along passages, avenues, and arteries of The Rocks and Circular Quay on a carefully curated tour pairing the history of Sydney with exquisite flavors and unbeatable Sydney Harbour views. Taste chocolates, desserts, gelato, and other treats which will satisfy your sweet tooth. Join your local guide to begin your tour at Quay Quarter Laneways. Your guide will have your taste buds tingling as they share details of the delicious journey ahead. Over the course of two hours, stroll about 2.75 kilometers and visit four of the most wonderful producers in Sydney. Throughout your Sydney food tour, stop for 4 delicious tastings by local producers, each Australian-owned and some exclusive to Sydney. Arriving at each venue, spend some time getting to know your host as they share their story behind the business. Whilst the local venues visited will vary from tour to tour you are always guaranteed incredible food that will seduce and stimulate your senses to match those cheeky cravings. Where there are opportunities to purchase goodies, you can take advantage of the exclusive guest discounts on offer. Your walking tour ends at the well-known pub, Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel in The Rocks where you may like to try the popular craft beer on offer.

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What people are saying about Cadman's Cottage

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4.8 / 5

based on 236 reviews

Toured with Fiorella who was beyond fantastic in her knowledge and details of The Rocks area. We were lucky to have a gorgeous, sunny day for the tour but the tour is worth it regardless of the weather! So many interesting stories and details of the early days of Australia in the 1810’s all the way through to today’s times. Would absolutely recommend the tour, if you’re looking to learn and experience more about the local history instead of just taking photos of the Opera House.


Max was very knowledgeable and clearly explained many historical events. In a meaningful way. Obviously well qualified and educated in history. While 2 1/2 hours seems long, the time went quickly and the walk was easy to navigate. Thanks to Max for a worthwhile experience.

We really enjoyed our tour. Max our guide was so knowledgeable and kept us interested with every aspect of the tour. It really helped that he had pictures of some of the people and places so we could understand a bit more of what it was like in that era. Highly recommend!

Our guide was very informative, we learned a lot about early and modern Sydney history.

Really interesting guide, always smiling and really nice. ❤️