Sydney The Rocks Guided Walking Tour

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The Rocks Walking Tour the Original Guided Walking Tour of The Rocks
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Uncover the secrets of Sydney’s heritage as you explore The Rocks on this guided walking tour of the historic precinct. Offering amazing views over the Sydney Harbour and the Campbells Cove Wharves, your guide will lead you along shady laneways and cobbled courtyards where you’ll discover some of Sydney’s earliest buildings, including Cadman’s Cottage, built in 1816 and the Garrison Church, which dates back to the 1840s.
  • Enjoy incredible views of the Sydney Opera House & Harbour Bridge
  • Go on an in-depth walking tour and discover places the locals don’t know
  • Learn about how Sydney’s foundations were built by convict labour
  • Visit the oldest surviving cottage in Sydney’s CBD

What's Included

  • 90 minute guided walking tour
  • Specialist trained guide with expertise in & around The Rocks
  • Umbrella (if required)
  • Guide has amplification for ease in hearing commentary
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (provided for private bookings)
  • Transportation to/from attractions

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

  • The Rocks Walking Tours
    Cnr Argyle & Harrington Streets Shop 5 - Clocktower Square, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia

    Departure Point: Shop 5 - Clocktower Square, 35 Harrington St Please check in at our office inside the Clocktower, 15 minutes prior to the start of the tour. Our office is located within The Rocks, is easily accessible for all, located close by to the Overseas Passenger Terminal

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please arrive at our office to check in and meet your guide for the day, a minimum of 15 minutes prior to the start of the tour time
  • Children and Infants must be accompanied by an adult
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved covering approx. 1.2 miles (2km) at the pace of the group’s participants
  • Stroller accessible
  • Small groups (no more than 20 people)
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress to the predicted weather conditions appropriate for an outdoor activity
  • Comfortable walking shoes, hat and a bottle of water suggested
  • Tour encompasses uneven surfaces, cobblestones, worn sandstone flagging and steps; while these elements of the tour have never been considered to be strenuous by most people, for others this may be considered as an unsuitable activity.
  • Tour is wheelchair accessible however be prepared for uneven surfaces at the sites visited which may be difficult for those with walking disabilities or using a powered wheelchair/ scooter
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Meeting point is easily accessible on foot for cruise arrivals/ shore excursions
  • Wheelchair (manual) and pram friendly route
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Toilet facilities accessible
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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1,150 reviews
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Tour of the Rocks
John was very thorough and gave an Iinteresting account of the early history of Sydney. Took us behind the scenes to some courtyards behind the buildings to show us where the early city inhabitants lived. That and the stories about the early residents brought the Rocks to life.
Outstanding tour
Malcolm_F, Apr 2024
We had an excellent Walking tour of The Rocks with Michael last Wednesday. He was a most knowledgeable guide who shared the history of The Rocks along with personal stories of the people who originally lived in the area. We walked down narrow lane ways, went into hidden courtyards as well as visiting historic buildings and houses. The tour was well paced, Michael used photos to help tell the story and his voice was excellent, easy to hear and follow. The tour is definitely ‘a must do’ when next in Sydney.
Great tour of nice area
STEVEN_N, Apr 2024
Fun tour, lots of fun stories and could envision the old times. Nice that the area was saved from tear down. A nice area now
Very Good Tour!
Noel_E, Apr 2024
The tour was as described and met our expectations. The guide was knowledgeable, friendly, and shepherded the group efficiently.
Tour the Rocks, Learn some history!
Mary_L, Apr 2024
This was my first time in Australia and I admit that I knew very little about the history of the country. This walk was very informative. Our guide was super knowledgeable and interesting. The walk involved hills and stairs which would be challenging for people with mobility issues. But the pace was reasonable. I personally recommend this tour. Not only will you learn some history about the British settlers but the Rocks is a great part of town. Lots of great shops and restaurants.
Great overview
Jim_H, Mar 2024
Vickie did a great job in showing us the secrets and nuances of the Rocks area, and answering any questions the group had.
Get to know the Rocks!
Naruhisa_O, Mar 2024
We had a fascinating tour of The Rocks, rich in history with memorable artifacts and buildings. Our tour guide, Anne, was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic!
Rock Section of Sydney
Della_J, Mar 2024
I enjoyed the walk through the Rock section of Sydney. The guide was knowledgeable. I suggest each person has their own headset. She was very hard to hear because of traffic, etc
Highly recommend
Carolyn_E, Mar 2024
They whole experience was great and very informative. The guide Annie was very knowledgeable and had a great style of delivery
Good time in the rocks.
Chris_W, Mar 2024
Guide knew the area and history very well. She even was able o keep my teen engaged. We would do it again
Excellent Orientation
Robin_J, Mar 2024
Very good orientation from Anne, covering the area origins through urban renewal programs. She also provided helpful tips on other neighborhood places to visit.
Great tour of the Rocks for history lovers
Mark_D, Mar 2024
Great tour of the Rocks for history lovers. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and entertaining. We learned so much we would not have found on our own.
History of Sydney
PerlaL_L, Mar 2024
Anne our tour guide has a broad knowledge about the history of Sydney on how it was discovered ,and progress trough the years!
Sydney's history explained
Sabina_J, Mar 2024
Anne was very knowledgeable plus told Sydney's beginning in a very interesting way. The places she showed were all connected to the early history of the city. Anne gave really detailed information to all of them and answered all our questions.
Great tour!
Suzanne_T, Mar 2024
This was a very interesting tour. Anne was very knowledgeable and always made sure we could hear her. Great experience!
Great way to explore The Rocks!
Carolyn_D, Mar 2024
A very informative and enjoyable walk with lots of history of the area. Did you know the ferry boats are the same length as the tall ships that brought the convicts here? Vickie was a wonderful tour guide.
Nice intro to Sydney colonial history.
David_O, Mar 2024
We had a nice small group tour by a person who live in the area and was passionate about its history.
Great tour of the rocks and the history behind the area
Wendy_B, Mar 2024
The tour was well organized and very informative. The guide told stories behind many of the buildings
Interesting and educational
Ingrid_W, Mar 2024
The history of that this happened as a consequence of England loosing the war. Information of what life was really like for the settlers.
Very enjoyable and highly recommended.
Wayne_B, Feb 2024
Part of a small group we thoroughly enjoyed our walk around the Rocks area of Sydney with a tour guide who was very friendly , helpful, amusing and knowledgeable. We would strongly recommend

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