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Sydney's Convict Colony - Walking History Tour of The Rocks

31 Alfred St
Sydney NSW 2000

Wednesdays to Saturdays, 10:30am to 1pm Saturday 27 April to Wednesday 31 July

2 hour history walking tour


Adult: $49Concession: $44

Expect: fascinating history, delivered with energy and insight as we uncover the scallywag stories of convicts, colonists, soldiers, sailors, larrikins, legends, rum and rebellions.

Once upon a time (not so long ago), a bizarre colonial experiment took place on the rocky shores of Sydney’s ancient Indigenous harbour. Thousands of miles from home, England’s banished thieves were locked in a prison with ocean walls; forced to find food and cut through stone.

Defying the odds, their shanty camp survived and grew—clutching to life on the banks of a freshwater stream. Gardens were grown, goods were traded & rum soon ranked as both currency & cure.

As centuries changed, The Rocks was carved into cottages and corridors. Scallywags sailed into shore. Larrikins lurked in the laneways & many a clever convict swapped their chains for riches.

Journey Walks invites you to share a part in this remarkable story. This tour will keep your ears pricked, your eyes open and your passion for the past brought to life.

Tour details:

  • 2.5hr walking tour

  • Led by a Sydney Historian

  • Small groups up to 15 people

  • This tour moves at an easy-going pace

  • Visiting approximately 20 historic stops

  • Not recommended for children under 12 years of age

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