On this fascinating small group walking tour of The Rocks in Sydney, you'll step back in time to the days when rum was the currency of choice in the colony and the renegades of the infamous Rum Corps ruled the roost! You'll learn some of the colourful history of the precinct and enjoy a drink at three heritage pubs.

AUD $119pp

History and Pubs of The Rocks Walking Tour
Runs: Daily
Departs at: 2pm
Departs from: Booking Centre, Wharf 6, Circular Quay, Sydney CBD
Duration: 2.5 hours (approx.)

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Featured guest review:

‘We had a great experience on this tour. It was nice that we were in the same age bracket as our guide John, so even though the tour had set pubs to visit, John knew which ones to spend a little longer in. The walking tour gave us the low down on the convicts and how Sydney started. John also gave us the backstory on the pubs we visited — including the Hero of Waterloo, which has its own basement prison! Thanks John for a fun afternoon!’ huisclos3

Tour highlights

  • Get a fabulous introduction to The Rocks — one of Australia’s most historic precincts
  • Explore the backstreets, laneways and heritage passageways of The Rocks with a knowledgable local guide
  • Learn the fascinating history of the early colony of Sydney
  • Visit three historic pubs and enjoy a drink at each venue
  • Sample the drink that started the infamous Rum Rebellion
  • Maximum group size: 12.

What's included

  • Guided small group walking tour
  • Friendly and knowledgeable local guide
  • Expert commentary
  • Three drinks, including the option of a rum tasting

Pricing

Adults/children: AUD $119pp

This tour has one standard price for adults and children. This tour is not suitable for children under the age of six.

What you can expect

Explore the nooks, crannies, history and heritage pubs of The Rocks district — Sydney’s oldest neighbourhood — on this fabulous History and Pubs of The Rocks Walking Tour. Liquor has played a key role in the story of Sydney — right back to the days of the infamous Rum Corps, which policed the early colony in exchange for rum! During this tour you’ll hear more of that story, and visit three of The Rocks’ famous heritage public houses. A drink at each venue is included.

The tour begins at Circular Quay, where you’ll meet your friendly local guide and the rest of your tour group. You’ll get a run down on the itinerary for the afternoon, before heading off for the first treat of the tour – the opportunity to take in a panoramic view of Sydney Harbour from the top of the Harbour Master Steps. [More]

As you head into the heart of The Rocks, you’ll hear the story of Sydney’s convict colonisation, the role played by the Rum Corps, and the overthrowing of Governor William Bligh in the infamous Rum Rebellion of 1808.

As your History and Pubs of The Rocks Walking Tour progresses, you’ll stop at three heritage public houses and enjoy a drink at each while soaking up the incredible atmosphere. There’s even the option of a rum tasting.

One of the historical highlights of the tour is a visit to an archaeological dig in the backstreets of The Rocks. Here, Sydney’s colonial history truly comes to life.  It will give you a true sense of what Sydney was like when rum ran The Rocks!

Part history tour, part relaxed pub crawl, this History and Pubs of The Rocks Walking Tour is a must-do!

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Guest reviews

  • huisclos3 (3/5/2018) – Via TripAdvisor

    We had a great experience on this tour. It was nice that we were in the same age bracket as our guide John, so even though the tour had set pubs to visit, John knew which ones to spend a little longer in. The walking tour gave us the low down on the convicts and how Sydney started. John also gave us the backstory on the pubs we visited — including the Hero of Waterloo, which has its own basement prison! Thanks John for a fun afternoon!

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Three house drinks (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) are included in the cost of your tour. Extra drinks can be purchased along the way at your own expense.

This tour operates in all weather conditions.