Customs House, Sydney

Customs House, Sydney: Our most recommended tours and activities

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: Private Customizable Tour with Transfer

2. Sydney: Private Customizable Tour with Transfer

Discover Sydney alongside a friendly local and see the best of the city on a private, customizable tour. Get insider tips on visiting the main attractions of the city as well as the more eclectic places that tourists don’t usually see. Choose to see historic landmarks such as The Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, soak up up the sun on Bondi Beach, or explore Darling Harbour. The choice is yours as you can personalize this tour to your interests along with your knowledgable guide. Get some culture at a museum or gallery, or browse a vibrant market in one of Sydney’s fascinating neighborhoods. If hunger strikes, let your guide provide top tips on a local eatery for an authentic taste of Sydney’s cuisine.

Sydney: Unlock The Rocks Scavenger Hunt Adventure Game

3. Sydney: Unlock The Rocks Scavenger Hunt Adventure Game

Are you ready for your next Adventure? After booking, you will receive your play links via email or SMS. There is no need to meet a guide - You decide when you would like to play the adventure and head to the start location (outside of Customs House). Once at the start location - You and your team click on the play links on your mobile to begin your adventure and you'll start to solve the cryptic clues. Each clue once solved leads you to a secret location. In this Unlock The Rocks Adventure you will be on a fun-filled adventure and discover the incredible history of The Rocks. You will get up close and personal with the living history and heritage of Australia’s first settlement area and Sydney’s oldest streets. Throughout the trail you will learn about the hidden back stories through interactive content. You will score points, use hints where necessary and compete against others on the live leaderboard. You can ask for help at any time during the self guided tour. Wander down hidden alleyways, into mysterious courtyards, walk the shortest street in Sydney, and watch out for the notorious Rocks Push gang! Along the way we will show you 2 awesome stop off points to enjoy some beverages if you wish. If you do manage to complete the clues and reach the finish we will provide you with your stats and a detailed explanation of all the sights. So do you have what it takes to Unlock The Rocks? Start Location - Outside Customs House (Circular Quay station is a 1-minute walk away) Finish Location - You finish at one of our recommended bars in Sydney CBD near Town Hall Station. There are plenty of other bars and restaurants nearby. If you want some tips on where to eat afterwards then get in touch or check the ultimate guide you will see at the end of the trail. Duration - 2-3 hours (may vary depending on how much time you spend at rest breaks) Go solo or play as a team - We recommend up to 4 players per team. If you want to play against another team then stagger your start times by 5 minutes, which is a great idea for large parties and team building. Play links are valid for 6 months after purchase making it a super flexible option

Sydney: Self-Guided Walking Tour with Audio Guide

4. Sydney: Self-Guided Walking Tour with Audio Guide

Explore the beauty of Sydney on a self-guided audio tour. Walk at your own pace and admire the stunning architecture of one of Australia’s largest cities. Download the MP3 audio tour combined with a fully detailed map of the area and start your adventure with your audio device as your guide. Soak in the vibrant atmosphere while listening to fascinating facts and stories of the city. Visit the famous Sydney Opera House, one of the most recognized modern structures in the world. It is also declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Continue to see the other architectural heritages such as St James’ Church, the Archibald Fountain, and the Museum of Sydney. Admire the iconic beauty of the Rocks, the Customs House, the General Post Office, Sydney Hospital, the Parliament, and the Government House.  Take a stroll through the city and see the breathtaking views at the Harbour Bridge viewpoint. Enjoy a hassle-free audio tour to one of the most charming cities in Australia.

Sydney: City Introduction in-App Guide & Audio

5. Sydney: City Introduction in-App Guide & Audio

Walk through a beautiful route of the city, discover hidden gems and visit 10+ of the most important attractions and spots. Learn some introductory information about each place and interesting stories about the city in general. Download the ‘World City Trail ‘app from the store and login. Read the instructions and head to the starting location. Unlock photos of the exterior and the interior of the location. Listen or read some information regarding the attraction and continue walking to the next checkpoint. Note what you liked and did not like and create your bucket list for the next days! Start your walk any time, without a schedule. Pause it for lunch, have a drink, visit an attraction of your choice, and continue later or even another day. With the maps feature, you will never get lost. Start your tour of the much-photographed Darling Harbour! Visit the magnificent St Andrew's Cathedral, while the Sydney Town Hall will give you a taste of life in the city centre. Take a photo of the Queen Victoria Building and step inside to be enchanted. Let yourself be lost in the beauty of St Mary's Cathedral with its unique landscape. Visit Queens Square with its great history. You will also pass by the Museum of Sydney with its unforgettable exhibits. Admire the iconic Customs House. The Sydney Opera House, with its unique acoustics and location, will enchant you and your camera! The icing on the cake of this unique experience will be the Sydney Harbor Bridge with its breathtaking view!

Sydney: Sweet Treats Walking Tour of Barangaroo & The Rocks

6. Sydney: Sweet Treats Walking Tour of Barangaroo & The Rocks

Taste your way from Barangaroo to Circular Quay on a guided walking tour in Sydney. Get introduced to the lesser-known artisans and providers of all things delightful that influence the buzz of the city. Meander through the passages, promenades, and avenues of Barangaroo, The Rocks, and Circular Quay on a carefully curated tour pairing the history of Sydney with distinctive taste sensations. Join your local guide to begin your tour in Barangaroo. Your guide will have your taste buds tingling as they share details of the delicious journey you are about to embark on. Stops will include chocolates, desserts, gelato, and maybe even a cheeky beer. Armed with this knowledge you’re ready to be immersed in the flavors, sights, smells, and sounds on your guided walking tour. Adventuring from Barangaroo, through The Rocks to Circular Quay, enjoying uninterrupted views of Sydney Harbour along the way. The journey takes you from the First Nations through colonization to the present day. Throughout your Sydney food tour, stop for 5 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 may vary from day to day, each one guarantees incredible food that will seduce and stimulate your senses. Where there are opportunities to purchase goodies you can take advantage of the exclusive guest discounts on offer.

Sydney: Secret Laneways Scavenger Hunt Adventure Game

7. Sydney: Secret Laneways Scavenger Hunt Adventure Game

Get ready for your next Adventure. After booking, you will receive your play links via email or Sms. There is no need to meet a guide - You decide when you would like to play the adventure and head to the start location (outside of Customs House). Once at the start location - You and your team click on the play links on your mobile to begin your adventure (there is no app to download) & you'll start to solve the cryptic clues. Each clue once solved leads you to a secret location. In this Secret Sydney Adventure, you are assigned as private detectives and your mission is to try and solve all of the clues which will lead you to discover Sydney’s hidden streets. Throughout the trail, you will learn about the hidden backstories through interactive content. You will score points, use hints where necessary, and compete against others on the live leaderboard. You can ask for help at any time during the self-guided tour. These laneways are today charming walkways with lots of hidden gems that contribute to the tapestry of modern day Sydney. Many people (including the locals) who do this trail are surprised to find such secrets hidden away in plain view of the city. You'll have the option to stop off at some recommended rest breaks, including an underground speakeasy bar. Are you ready to undertake this fun adventure, will you accept this Secret Sydney mission? Start Location - Outside Customs House (Circular Quay station is 1-minute walk away) Finish Location - You finish at one of our recommended bars in Sydney Cbd near Town Hall Station. There are plenty of other bars and restaurants nearby. If you want some tips on where to eat afterward then get in touch or check the ultimate guide you will see at the end of the trail. Duration - 2-3 hours (may vary depending on how much time you spend at rest breaks) Go solo or play as a team - We recommend up to 4 players per team. If you want to play against another team then stagger your start times by 5 minutes, which is a great idea for large parties and team building. Play links are valid for 6 months after purchase making it a super flexible option

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

8. 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 Customs House, Sydney

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 46 reviews

This was a truly outstanding experience. Max is extremely knowledgeable and presented Sydney history in a fun, but very understandable manner. We would very highly recommend him and this tour. Don’t miss it!!

This tour was awesome the guide we had was absolutely fantastic he knew his stuff inside out the best ever walking tour we've been. Thank you for a fantastic experience 10 out of 10 for this business

Great way to get out and explore. Very fun with a group and you get to see many cool things as you explore, would recommend to a friend who is looking for something to do!

This was the best tour we took in Sydney. We learned how Australia was colonized and the timelines for the development of the nation. Our guide was fantastic!

Easy to find assembly point Easy pace for walking Max is both enthusiastic and well researched in this area of Australian History.