Sydney The Rocks Guided Walking Tour


Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

22.23 USD

1 - 10

1 hr 30 mins


in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
From $22.23 USD
per person

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Overview
  • Delve into the history of Sydney and British Australia on a leisurely 90-minute walking tour in The Rocks district with an expert guide. Enjoy the delights of present-day visuals as you explore The Rocks and hear the story of Sydney’s convict past as you discover shady courtyards, narrow laneways and hidden areas that even the locals do not know about. Stroll along the shoreline of Sydney Harbour with views of the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, past Cadman’s Cottage and Campbell’s Cove.
    Tour Highlights:
    • The shoreline of Sparkling Sydney Cove
    • Harbour views of Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge
    • Cadman’s Cottage, The Rocks oldest surviving cottage built in 1816
    • Campbell’s Cove, offering fantastic views of Sydney Harbour
    • Awe inspiring Argyle Cut begun with convict labour in 1843
    • Within The Rocks historic precinct, we will wander through Greenway Lane, Kendall Lane, Suez Canal, Foundation Park and much more.

Location
  • Around:
    • Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
    • Bennelong Point
    • Sydney, Sydney, Australia
    • George and Argyle Streets
  • Pickup: Harrington Street, Harrington St, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia

Categories
  • Artsy Historical & Heritage Tours
  • Artsy Cultural Tours
  • Landmarks category City Tours
  • Walking biking icon Walking Tours

Time of Tour
  • Departure at:
  • Duration: 1 hr 30 mins

Additional
  • Price per person: $22.23
  • Size: 1 - 10 people
  • Discount: 0%
  • Languages:

Inclusion
  • 90 minute guided walking tour.
    Specialist trained guide with expertise in & around The Rocks.
    Umbrella (if required).
    Guide has amplification for ease in hearing commentary.
    Entry/Admission - The Rocks Walking Tours

Exclusion
  • Food and drinks.
    Hotel pickup and drop-off (provided for private bookings).
    Transportation to/from attractions

Cancellation
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience

Sydney The Rocks Guided Walking Tour

The Secrets are Alive in the Sandstone – join a walking tour visiting The Rocks picturesque historic sites and hear the tales about ordinary people who did extraordinary things and so began the compelling story of British Australian settlement!

The Rocks Walking Tours’ specialist trained local guides provide walking tours within the heart of historic and picturesque Rocks precinct, departing daily at 10:30am and 1:30pm from a handy location within The Rocks

The tour is conducted within intimate groups of no more than 25 people for a duration of 90 minutes covering approximately 1.2 miles (2 km) at a leisurely pace.

Weave your way through hidden narrow alleyways, along charming cobbled lanes and into shady courtyards, lingering by quaint terrace cottages, some of these sites could be overlooked by casual unguided visitor.

You will be captivated by the charm of this special place and the commentary will intrigue and entertain you!

Your Rocks walking tour will include the shoreline of sparkling Sydney Cove, spectaular harbour views of Sydney's Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, Cadman's Cottage -- Sydney CBD's oldest surviving cottage built in 1816, Campbell's Cove a beautiful, intimate cove offering fantastic views of Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Campbells Cove wharves, Argyle Cut and the Garrsion Church, officially known as the Church of Holy Trinity, built in the1840s.

Within The Rocks historic precinct you will wander through George Street, Greenway Lane, Kendall Lane, Rocks Square, Playfair Street, Foundation Park, Suez Canal and Nurses Walk and much more!

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Additional Information

Confirmation will be received at time of booking.
Children and Infants must be accompanied by an adult.
A moderate amount of walking is involved covering approx. 1.2 miles (2km) at the pace of the groups participants.
Small groups (no more than 20 people).
Operates in all weather conditions, please dress to the predicted weather conditions appropriate for an outdoor activity.
Comfortable walking shoes, hat and a bottle of water suggested.
Tour encompasses uneven surfaces, cobblestones, worn sandstone flagging and steps; while these elements of the tour have never been considered to be strenuous by most people, for others this may be considered as an unsuitable activity..
Tour is wheelchair accessible however be prepared for uneven surfaces at the sites visited which may be difficult for those with walking disabilities or using a powered wheelchair/ scooter.
Meeting point is easily accessible on foot for cruise arrivals/ shore excursions.
Wheelchair (manual) and pram friendly route.
Toilet facilities accessible.
Wheelchair accessible.
Stroller accessible.
Service animals allowed.
Near public transportation.
Transportation is wheelchair accessible.
Surfaces are wheelchair accessible.
Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level.
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff.
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas.
Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required for travelers

Reviews

4.9 stars, based on 739 reviews
mattmoffitt
mattmoffitt
I loved our 90-min tour with Michael! He was warm, informative and engaging. The tour struck the right balance of answering questions and keeping on-time. 90 mins is a perfect duration for this and you will get about 2,500 steps in. Highly recommended!
09/02/2022
Peteradair
Peteradair
A very knowledgeable guide who was also entertaining. She knew not only the history of the Rocks but Sydney as a whole. It was raining the day of our walk but that did ot take anything away from the experience but in a way inhanced it as you could feel more of what early settler's put up with, our guide could supply umbrellas if needed.
08/02/2022
909juanitag
909juanitag
Amazing tour!!! I deeply enjoyed this interesting and a historical tour. Our tour guide Vickie, she was just the best! she was patient, and didn’t mind going a little bit overtime as we were asking so many questions and taking way too many pictures. She really went the extra mile showing us other places that we could be interested in. I highly recommend doing this tour, it was especially nice being able to do it with just one more person in the tour, we practically ended up having a private tour experience.
06/02/2022
Minaya2106
Minaya2106
One of the FEW "perks" of Corona is that you are not sharing the most famous sights in the world with big crowds of tourists these days... So it happened that we showed up as the only two participants for the guided rocks tour. We enjoyed that luxury and our tourguide Fiorella did an excellent job sharing all her knowledge with us! She also encouraged us to ask questions. We loved the depth of the conversation and even my partner who is originally from Sydney learned a couple of new things about his own town ;) The tour is takes place outdoor at all times. On the day we did the tour it was around 30 degrees, but we always managed to find a shady spot. It was not a lot of walking. Tour can be mastered with any fitness level. Thank you, we had a great time.
05/02/2022
322rachelw
322rachelw
We had a tour with Michael today. We booked online a few weeks ago then had to change the date. Michael was more than happy to be flexible and fixed things up straight away. Checking in was easy and Michael was friendly. He had a microphone and speaker to assist with social distancing and so we could still hear him. The tour was really interesting. We went into some little nooks and crannies we may well have missed otherwise. Michael’s knowledge was very good and he tells great stories. He was able to relate his stories and anecdotes to his audience. Highly recommended
29/01/2022
Suzanne R
Suzanne R
A really interesting & informative tour of the Rocks area, which are steeped in history. Our guide was very knowledgeable & interactive making the tour fun as well. Would definitely recommend to anyone visiting the area to give them an insight into what life was like back in the day & discover all the little nooks & crannies.
26/01/2022
69herman0
69herman0
It was a great way to see the history of Australia. You are left with a strong sense of gratitude for learning so much in 90 minutes. We loved the knowledge of our tour guide Fiorella who engaged audiences, catered to the needs of different ages, and made each minute memorable in the most entertaining way. This tour de force is the type of classroom I would like to run as a teacher. Absolutely compelling and a must-see for anyone who loves this great nation.
19/01/2022
NicholasG1547
NicholasG1547
This was 90 minutes well spent with a knowledgeable and pleasant guide - interesting and informative history of the early convict settlers and their lives. Terrific vistas and secret alleys. Don’t think our kids would have survived the longer version!
16/01/2022
Getaway63623624693
Getaway63623624693
Our guide Vickie was knowledgeable, friendly and a good storyteller. We gained a good appreciation of the history of the Rocks and Australia and had an enjoyable time
09/01/2022
GabCig
GabCig
We did a historical walk of The Rocks. Michael our tour guide was very knowledgeable and informative and engaging with families with teenages. Comparing the ages of 12-16 years and what their life would have been like in the early settlement in Sydney. I've walked around The Rocks on many occasions but The Historical Tour was worth the money and time. Only wished it could have been longer 😊
05/01/2022
Maria_C
Maria_C
Excellent tour 👏 fantastic guide Michael was very helpful and knowledgeable well worth it 👌 easy walking tour 🚶‍♀️
04/01/2022
gdaym2018
gdaym2018
Michael was an excellent and informative guide who brought The Rocks' history to life. The walk was easy for all ages, and the time passed quickly.
04/01/2022
legicc
legicc
It being our last day in Sydney, carrying around our luggage on a walk would have been a bit tedious. Brian (& Michael) were very accomodating and stored our luggage in their office. Brian was our tour guide for the day, and we thoroughly enjoyed the knowledge he spat out with such ease. Lots of witty jokes for both adults & children were made along the way. Brian was full of passion and happily answered any questions we had. If you ever thought of history being boring, give this tour a try! I’m sure it’d change your mind. Would 100% recommend to anyone visiting Sydney. Thanks for the lovely experience! Mike & Lejani
03/01/2022
P805ZJrichards
P805ZJrichards
Excellent guided tour; the walk is gentle and the content relevant and interesting, bringing The Rocks area alive.
31/12/2021
E8572RBjackr
E8572RBjackr
The walking tour was fantastic. Incredible attention to detail. Micheal was a fantastic guide and focused a lot on our Irish heritage. Could not recommend the tour more. Great value for the experience.
28/12/2021
962dir
962dir
Have wandered around The Rocks before but Michael bought the area alive with his excellent commentary.
23/12/2021
L4565FEpatrickr
L4565FEpatrickr
Our guide Michael was excellent, knowledgeble and friendly. The Rocks is full of little surprises both old and new.
23/12/2021
O5803AAhannahl
O5803AAhannahl
Michael was an excellent tour guide. As someone who’s been to Sydney a few times, I had never been to the rocks and didn’t know the first thing about it’s history. Very enjoyable and informational. We used our go city passes and it was really easy to book. Again, Michael really knew his stuff and was very warm and welcoming.
21/12/2021
eagoratsios
eagoratsios
My wife and I were the only people on this tour and it was thoroughly enjoyable. Our tour guide Michael took us through the various places of historical importance in Colonial Sydney looking at the various styles of architecture but also the people who lives impacted these early years. Michael's knowledge of The Rocks area made you appreciate what you were seeing and understand why people fought so hard to keep these old buildings standing to be enjoyed by future generations. Every city has a past and Sydney is no exception. The tour ended in the heart of The Rocks amongst all the restaurants, cafes and pubs at lunchtime to tempt you more to stay in The Rocks just that little bit longer. The tour left you wanting to see more and to come back again. Thank you Michael and Theresa.
12/12/2021
sjhazell13
sjhazell13
Wonderful tour. Perfect pace and full of interesting info to engage everyone of all ages. Relaxed and friendly with plenty of time to ask questions. Vickie was a wonderful, friendly host who demonstrated her deep knowledge at every step of the way. We learnt so much, despite having visited the rocks many time.
10/12/2021
MacMere88
MacMere88
Thank you Firoella for all your wonderful help in getting our seniors onto the modified walking tour for seniors. Being able to use the bus as part of the tour made it much more practical and thank you for meeting us at the bus drop off zone in the morning. Unfortunately it was still too much for our clients with walkers, So next time we will bring independent walkers only or do a bus only tour. Everyone had a lovely time and enjoyed the history shown and discussed by the guide.
28/11/2021
Lynette F
Lynette F
This is a must do, even if you, like my husband & I, along with another couple, were born & bred in Sydney. We went to quaint little hidden places, we never knew were there. Michael, our tour guide, knows everything there is to know about the history of The Rocks & tells some amazing stories of life in the early years. Do yourself a favour & book this tour, next time you are in Sydney. You will not be disappointed!
27/11/2021
Rhys_Carlton
Rhys_Carlton
The tour was interesting and very engaging. Our tour guide Michael was very knowledgeable and clear to understand. He had a wealth of knowledge and was more than happy to have a yarn as well. We had less knowledgeable members of the group and more informed members and Michael did a great job of catering to everyones level. I would recommend this tour to all types of people. Thanks for a lovely day Michael.
19/11/2021
Mikala T
Mikala T
The walking tour was great with michael. He covered so much detail and managed to cover all our bizarre questions. It was extremely engaging but also still managed to have a chat. Would recommend! We did the tour with friends ranging from 23-27 and we loved it.
19/11/2021
Anna H
Anna H
Fantastic tour! Our guide, Michael, was excellent. I have a history degree and have studied the history of early colonial Sydney, but I still learned a lot of new information on this tour. I was lucky to be one of only three people on my tour. Highly recommended - thanks Michael!
19/11/2021
susanwN3844RD
susanwN3844RD
Our tour group had a very interesting and informative outing with Brian. As we are from an Historical Society and we really enjoyed his depth of historical knowledge about the Rocks - plus his sense of humour! We all commented afterwards on how much we learnt about the area, and we would certainly recommend the walking tour to others.
17/11/2021
U2790HCcarolm
U2790HCcarolm
A must-do if you are in Sydney! Michael was fantastic, it was a very interesting experience, and I could absorb so much of history, cultural heritage, hidden alleyways, architecture gems. During the tour, Michael showed me a few pictures of spots we were walking so I definitely could imagine how streets and buildings looked like back to old times. I would highly recommend to anyone! Book it straight away!
16/11/2021
S7414PXjasmineg
S7414PXjasmineg
We found a genuinely knowledgeable and interested/interesting guide in Michael. Family with young kids and the 9 year old really enjoyed it. Sydney history is fascinating! I would book now while Sydney is quiet- having a small group is a great bonus.
14/11/2021
X9477ZRkarenm
X9477ZRkarenm
Today our small group entered into a patchy day of rain. Michael our tour guide was amazing and had many wonderful history talks on our journey today. Michael is so good at keeping the group together, and we engaged with the history and stories of the past. Well done Michael.. Very well organised and i would definitely recommend this tour, to many people looking for a easy morning walk with a team of the passionate tour guides. Passionate and interesting history stores for all ages of The Rocks history. 👏🌟👍
12/11/2021
saraclaire74
saraclaire74
Fantastic! Michael Collins was awesome - very knowledgeable and witty and answered all my questions. A fantastic way to appreciate the history of this beautiful place and you end up at a lovely Italian restaurant (not included in tour!). Really worthwhile.
30/10/2021
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