Walking Tour of The Rocks, Sydney

Explore The Rocks on one of Sydney’s most popular, longest running, and best value walking tours of the historic harbourside district. This leisurely guided stroll takes in all the precinct’s key highlights and reveals plenty of hidden surprises along the way. If you only have a short amount of time in the Harbour City, this tour will be 90 minutes well spent!

  • Duration:

    90 minutes (approx.)

  • Runs:

    Daily

  • Departs at:

    10.30am & 1.30pm

  • Departs from:

    The Rocks

Featured guest review

'My bestie and I are massive history buffs and we were not disappointed by this tour. Our guide Vickie was amazing – friendly and so informative. She shared stories with great enthusiasm and knowledge, and was able to answer almost every question we had. The pace of the tour was good, and Vickie stopped to ensure everyone could see/hear before she told stories. I would absolutely recommend this tour!' - Gabriel N (via TripAdvisor)

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  • Discover the intriguing history of Sydney’s oldest neighbourhood
  • Navigate the laneways, back alleys and secret passageways that crisscross the precinct with a local guide
  • See one of Sydney’s oldest colonial buildings
  • Hear stories about the activists that saved The Rocks from developers in the 1970s
  • Take in stunning views of the harbour and Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Maximum group size: 25.

 

This activity is included in the Sydney Flexi Attractions Pass.

  • Guided walking tour
  • Friendly and knowledgeable local guide
  • Expert commentary (amplified).

  • Indira P – Via TripAdvisor

    I did the tour with my twelve year old grandson. We're both from Sydney. Sophia was absolutely wonderful as our guide - passionate & knowledgeable and made the tour really interesting details. We both thoroughly enjoyed the walking tour. Definitely recommended! Thanks Sophia!!

  • AllyKat25 – Via TripAdvisor

    We thoroughly enjoyed the walking tour of the rocks. Our guide Anne was passionate about the history and so knowledgeable about many topics of interest. She had a wonderful understanding of the development of the Rocks area over time, highlighted by interesting stories and tales of many of the diverse historical characters. Some of the highlights were the Garrison Church and the painted history timeline. We would highly recommend this tour and admire the dedication of the volunteers who make the area come alive for those on the walking tour. Thank you Anne!

  • Lescuki – Via TripAdvisor

    We came here with very little knowledge on the history of Australia, but Rhiannah our guide was great at giving details about the buildings and significant people, and also explaining the culture of that time that just made us appreciate the area all the more. July had wonderful brisk weather, so walking around for 1.5 hrs wasn’t too bad. Be prepared for some steps though! But overall this tour is highly recommended!

  • Allisonl291 – Via TripAdvisor

    Really enjoyed our tour of the Rocks in sydney, very informative. Small group meant we could ask questions and interact with the guide. Easy walking really recommend this as an introduction to the historic and very beautiful Sydney.

  • William H – Via TripAdvisor

    Very knowledgeable guide who shared interesting stories of the history of the area. You have beautiful views of the harbor (weather permitting).

  • Gabriel N – Via TripAdvisor

    My bestie and I are massive history buffs and we were not disappointed by this tour. Our guide Vickie was amazing – friendly and so informative. She shared stories with great enthusiasm and knowledge, and was able to answer almost every question we had. The pace of the tour was good, and Vickie stopped to ensure everyone could see/hear before she told stories. She led us through some amazing little laneways and to some wonderful views. I would absolutely recommend this tour!

  • Tour Highlights
    • Discover the intriguing history of Sydney’s oldest neighbourhood
    • Navigate the laneways, back alleys and secret passageways that crisscross the precinct with a local guide
    • See one of Sydney’s oldest colonial buildings
    • Hear stories about the activists that saved The Rocks from developers in the 1970s
    • Take in stunning views of the harbour and Sydney Harbour Bridge
    • Maximum group size: 25.

     

    This activity is included in the Sydney Flexi Attractions Pass.

  • What's Included
    • Guided walking tour
    • Friendly and knowledgeable local guide
    • Expert commentary (amplified).
  • Guest Reviews

    • Indira P – Via TripAdvisor

      I did the tour with my twelve year old grandson. We're both from Sydney. Sophia was absolutely wonderful as our guide - passionate & knowledgeable and made the tour really interesting details. We both thoroughly enjoyed the walking tour. Definitely recommended! Thanks Sophia!!

    • AllyKat25 – Via TripAdvisor

      We thoroughly enjoyed the walking tour of the rocks. Our guide Anne was passionate about the history and so knowledgeable about many topics of interest. She had a wonderful understanding of the development of the Rocks area over time, highlighted by interesting stories and tales of many of the diverse historical characters. Some of the highlights were the Garrison Church and the painted history timeline. We would highly recommend this tour and admire the dedication of the volunteers who make the area come alive for those on the walking tour. Thank you Anne!

    • Lescuki – Via TripAdvisor

      We came here with very little knowledge on the history of Australia, but Rhiannah our guide was great at giving details about the buildings and significant people, and also explaining the culture of that time that just made us appreciate the area all the more. July had wonderful brisk weather, so walking around for 1.5 hrs wasn’t too bad. Be prepared for some steps though! But overall this tour is highly recommended!

    • Allisonl291 – Via TripAdvisor

      Really enjoyed our tour of the Rocks in sydney, very informative. Small group meant we could ask questions and interact with the guide. Easy walking really recommend this as an introduction to the historic and very beautiful Sydney.

    • William H – Via TripAdvisor

      Very knowledgeable guide who shared interesting stories of the history of the area. You have beautiful views of the harbor (weather permitting).

    • Gabriel N – Via TripAdvisor

      My bestie and I are massive history buffs and we were not disappointed by this tour. Our guide Vickie was amazing – friendly and so informative. She shared stories with great enthusiasm and knowledge, and was able to answer almost every question we had. The pace of the tour was good, and Vickie stopped to ensure everyone could see/hear before she told stories. She led us through some amazing little laneways and to some wonderful views. I would absolutely recommend this tour!

What You Can Expect

The oldest established walking tour in Sydney must be doing something right! This is the original Walking Tour of The Rocks and one of the most popular activities with visitors to the Harbour City. Enjoy a truly memorable 90 minutes exploring the history, architecture and hidden secrets of the oldest part of Sydney. You’ll have plenty of spots to return to after the tour to explore at your own pace, and some great ideas for places to eat too.

You’ll meet up with your expert guide in the heart of The Rocks to begin the tour. Every guide is specially trained in the history of the precinct, so you’ll be treated to informative, in-depth commentary as you walk, and the amplification will ensure you won’t miss a single detail.

Your Walking Tour of The Rocks will take you down charming laneways, along tranquil cobbled streets and through hidden courtyards — many of which are missed by visitors exploring on their own. Your guide will stop at regular intervals and talk you through the history of a particular building or area. Some of the most significant sites you’ll encounter include the Harbour Master Steps, George Street, Greenway Lane, The Argyle Cut, Kendall Lane, Rocks Square, Playfair Street, Foundation Park, Suez Canal and Nurses Walk.

The tour includes a stroll down to Sydney Cove, where you’ll come across Cadmans Cottage — one of the oldest surviving colonial buildings in the city. You’ll also visit the beautiful 1840s Church of the Holy Trinity. The magnificent views of Sydney’s most famous contemporary icons — the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House — are the icing on the cake!

This Walking Tour of The Rocks is a superb journey through the pages of history. You’ll finish it with a deeper appreciation of the ordinary people who did such extraordinary things to make Sydney the incredible city it is today.

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Important notes

  • This tour has one central meeting point. Once your booking has been completed, an order confirmation will be sent automatically to your email address. You will also receive a booking confirmation with meeting point details and operator contact information for the day. Please print the confirmation or have it available on your smart phone.
  • There is no charge for children under the age of five.
  • The walking distance on this tour is approximately two kilometres. Some surfaces are uneven.
  • This tour operates in all weather conditions.
  • To purchase a gift certificate, please click here.
  • Do you have a group enquiry? Please contact us.
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