What you'll do
ON THIS UNIQUE EXPERIENCE: Join a passionate history-guide on an exploration of Sydney’s notorious convict heritage at Sydney Cove & The Rocks. Expect fascinating stories, delivered with energy and insight, as we uncover the sailors, soldiers, scallywags, convicts & craftsmen who began to trade rum, quarry stone and etch a living upon Sydney's shoreline from the late 18th century. Over 2.5 hours, we'll unpack the process of convict transportation in graphic detail - retracing the steps of its curious colonial characters & their immediate effect Sydney's ancient Indigenous clans. Navigating the cobbled alley-ways, hidden corridors, forgotten monuments & secret waterways of this port-side settlement, we'll venture off the beaten track to dig up its memories - the good, the bad & the plague ridden. Designed to engage both Sydney locals & visitors, this is a journey through time & space that takes history off the shelf, dusts it off & brings it to life with vivid descriptions, imagery & an infectious passion for the past. Best of all, finish your journey in heart of The Rocks & allow the stories to soak-in over a drink with your guide (included) at one of this area's infamous historic pubs. See you onboard!
Hi I'm Max, Co-founder of Journey Walks (narrative walking tours of Sydney) and a convict-history buff with a passion for great storytelling. With 10 years guiding experience across Sydney, Barcelona & Amsterdam — backed by a Masters in Heritage Studies and a deep understanding of Australian history, I offer my guests a time-travel tour experience full of imagery, detail & insight! I have also launched a new Experience called 'Sin & The City — Kings X History Tour' that unpacks the notorious characters, criminals, architecture & atmosphere of Sydney's historic red-light strip —Check it out!
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Where you'll be
This history-tour will take place across Sydney Cove & The Rocks Historic Convict Sites we'll explore: The colony's secret fresh water stream. A controversial Union Jack A relic from a First Fleet ship. Australia's first European monument. Punishment Quarries & hand-cut sandstone. Sydney's oldest cottage. Original China-Town. Hidden Doss Houses. Rum Stores. 19th C. slums. Cobbled alleyways. Very Old Pubs. + Sydney harbour's Indigenous heritage.
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Up to 5 guests ages 18 and up can attend.
This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.
This walking history-tour is best suited for guests aged 12+ and contains some adult themes from Sydney's history. While mostly on flat surfaces, some steps are included on our walk through The Rocks.
Sydney's Convict Colony — History Tour