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Journey Walks and The Historyteller

Cold Ales & Crime Tales: The Australian Heritage Hotel event

Where
100 Cumberland St
The Rocks NSW 2000
Australia
Meeting inside The Australian Heritage Hotel, The Rocks. Private space reserved in The Parlour Room. Check with Bar
When

Thursday 28 April from 6pm to 7:30pm Thursday 12 May from 6pm to 7:30pm Thursday 26 May from 6pm to 7:30pm Thursday 9 June from 6pm to 7:30pm

Enjoy true-crime storytelling over drinks at an old-fashioned pub in The Rocks.

Set inside the historic Australian Hotel in The Rocks, this 1.5 hour experience brings to life local crime stories while taking advantage on an exclusive 'locals discount' on all tap beers / house drinks at the bar (25% off) AND an exclusive special on the Pub's gourmet pizzas ($18 each).

Plus: Use your DISCOVER NSW Voucher to cover the cost of your place onboard!

In a relaxed private space of the pub that's perfect for storytelling, your historian host will unearth local tales of Sydney's criminal underworld from the 1820s to the 1950s — including forgotten crime stories that once took place at the Australian Hotel itself.

  • Learn of the local Push Gangs who once robbed, terrorised and murdered to maintain their criminal control of the Rocks & Millers Point during the late 19th century.

  • Discover the sordid underworld of brothels, opium dens, illegal gambling joints, doss houses and sly-grog shops that plagued this historic area and kept the local police force busy — mainly accepting bribes. 

  • Re-live the night an assassin waited on the street outside the Australian Hotel to shoot down a rival gangster over an underworld feud.

  • And time-travel back 200 years to enjoy a vivid account of Australia's first bank robbery— a deliciously cunning heist by a crafty set of convicts in The Rocks in the 1820s.

This unique experience is designed to be a fun, social meet-up that combines true crime storytelling with classic Sydney pub culture in one of the most historic locations in Australia. We can't wait to have you onboard! 

More details:

  • Usual event program is every 2nd Thursday from 6:00 — 7.30pm

  • Locals Discount = 25% off all tap beers & house drinks you purchase at the bar

  • Gourmet Pizzas special for ticket holders: $18

  • All participants must be 18+ to attend

  • Minimum group numbers may apply

  • Contact Max for more information / private group bookings:  

Covid-safe information

  • This is a Covid Conscious small group event (max 15 people)

  • Adhering to social distancing and Covid safe policies enforced by The Australian Heritage Hotel, The Rocks

  • Rest rooms with hand-washing facilities available onsite

  • Masks optional throughout

  • Handshake free meeting of group and guide

  • Inside and outside spaces available at the venue to enjoy between stories

Contact event organiser

Journey Walks and The Historyteller

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