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2-Hour Walking Tour At The Rocks: The History Of The Convicts In Colonial Sydney

Explore Sydney’s notorious heritage on a walking history tour of The Rocks & Cove. This 2-hour walking tour is led by a local heritage professional who specialises convict history and the art storytelling. Together we will uncover the scallywag stories of convicts, soldiers, rum and rebellions. Duration: 2 Hours (approx.)
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Once upon a time, a bizarre colonial experiment took place on the rocky shores of an ancient harbour. Thousands of miles from home, Britain’s banished thieves were locked in a prison with walls made of ocean, hunger, fear and the bush.

Defying the odds, their shanty camp clutched to life on the banks of a tiny stream. Gardens were grown, rum was traded and homes were carved into the sandstone cliffs.

Centuries changed and legends grew. Scallywag Sydney was born. Her squalid secrets & stories etched into the very foundations of the city we know today.

We invite you to share a part in this story. This tour will keep your eyes wide open, your ears pricked and your imagination ignited.

- What To Expect

Your walking tour will cover:
- Indigenous Sydney: The harbour and its clans
- Why were the convicts sent here? : A clear context to transportation
- The voyage, landing and mishaps of the First Fleet
- Relics and monuments from the early colony
- Sydney’s hidden fresh water stream and its secrets
- Starvation, sickness and struggles at the first hospital
- Hidden corridors and cobblestone laneways through the Rocks
- The notorious rum trade and the rebellion of 1808
- Sydney’s oldest cottage & Georgian architecture
- Secret sandstone ruins and hidden gold-rush history
- The rise & fall of the infamous convict-architect
- Street gangs, their schemes & their hide outs in The Rocks
- What happened when the black plague came to town
- A visit inside Customs House and the Argyle Stores
- Models, maps and murals of old & new Sydney town
- Any question you have answered on the spot

- What Is Included

- A local Sydney expert as your tour guide
- 2-hour walking tour covering approximately 20 historic sites and stories
- Entrance inside historic buildings such as the Argyle Stores and Customs house
- Local recommendations and extra question time with your guide is included after the tour

- What Is Not Included

- Food and drinks
- Gratuities (optional)

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How long will we walk?
Tours last approximately 2 hours and covers approximately 2.5 km (1.5 miles). This tour moves at an easy-going pace and visits approximately 20 stops.

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- Duration: 2 hours
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