A colony of thieves and a currency of rum — Sydney’s colonial birthplace in The Rocks certainly makes for a good story. This walking history tour will retrace the lives of the prisoners, soldiers, and sailors who once washed ashore on this ancient land.
- Embark on a journey through time and space to discover the secrets of Sydney’s convict colony in the Rocks
- Wind through cobblestone alleyways once home to Sydney’s most notorious rum dealers and street gangs
- Discover the inner workings of heritage buildings and the unknown stories behind important sculptures, maps, models and relics
- Explore unique sandstone structures, hidden ruins and the story of the infamous convict architect
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.