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The Rocks History and Pub Walking Tour

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    What to Expect
    After meeting your guide in Circular Quay, walk for just a few moments to reach the Rocks district, where the British colony took root after it was founded in 1788.

    See important sites from Sydney’s early settlement as you follow your guide through backstreets that were largely built by convict laborers. Convicts carved sandstone cliffs into blocks that were used to construct roads and homes in the fledgling colony. As you continue to walk at a leisurely pace though the neighborhood, hear about the days when it was considered a dangerous slum; hard to believe when passing the fashionable restaurants and boutiques that dominate the area in modern times.

    At regular intervals during your tour, stop for drinks at favorite local institutions, including two historic pubs that date to the 1800s.

    You also visit a historic pub for a craft beer and discover an extensive archaeological site with artifacts from the 1790s. Hear more stories about convicts, settlers, and even a military coup that played out in this district. Wrap up with a delicious beer at another historic pub located close to Circular Quay.

    Expect to walk about 1.5 miles (2.5km) at a leisurely pace with plenty of stops. At the end of an entertaining and informative 2.5-hour tour, make your own way to your next destination.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Circular Quay, Wharf 6, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
    Departure Time
    2:00 PM
    2h 30m
    Return Details
    The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia
    • Local English-speaking guide
    • 3 drink stops
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
    • Minimum drinking age is 18 year
    • Please have proof of age ID with you (driver’s license or passport)
    • You have the choice between alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, so if you’re not a drinker but still interested in the neighbourhood and its history, you’ll still have a great time!
    • Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour
    • Your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people led by a local guide
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    Cancellation Policy
    If you cancel at least 4 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel within 3 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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    Popular mentions
    Our tour guide was Simon, he took us from the port to the first housing of the Rocks and finished at the Opera house. It was a medium pace and stops to take photos of the different locations. He also took up to a location for great photos of the port area. It was well worth
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    Response from SUASydney, General Manager at The Rocks History and Pub Walking Tour
    Responded 2 days ago
    Hi lesinmn Thank you for highlighting your time with Simon. He has the knowledge to make your time in Sydney very special. And that is precisely what happened. May your journeys take you to many more wonderful places to visit. #yougottalovesydney Thank you again for taking the time to pen your review. It is truly appreciated
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    An insight into the history and stories of The Rocks. We were a little late but kept John updated and he was waiting for us in the sunshine. Walking from circular quay, up George St, we visited three pubs, enjoyed three drinks and learnt some history not known to us. Through
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    Response from Meander53421836874, Manager at The Rocks History and Pub Walking Tour
    Responded 30 Sep 2019
    Hi Thanks for your great review. This is a fun tour and we're glad John was able to bring it all to life for you. Wereally hope to see you again in Sydney one of these days.
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    Linda was a very knowledgeable and enjoyable guide for this two and a half hour tour! My husband and I knew very little about Australian history before this tour and we were excited to learn about the origins of this country. We were not disappointed! Linda is a great story
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    Response from Meander53421836874, Manager at The Rocks History and Pub Walking Tour
    Responded 31 Jul 2019
    Hi Kimberley Thanks for the positive feedback. It was great to have you on the tour. Hope to see you again when you're back in Sydney.
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    John was a fantastic tour guide. He is so knowledgeable about the Rocks and Australian history. It was exactly what we wanted. Lots of walking and lots of information. The pubs were lovely too. This is a wonderful and enjoyable tour and I recommend it highly!
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    Response from Meander53421836874, Manager at The Rocks History and Pub Walking Tour
    Responded 31 Jul 2019
    Hi Jill Just wanted to say thanks for the review and glad to see John was able to give you such a great experience. Hope to se you in Sydney again.
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    My wife and I had a great time with John on our walking tour. John was able to tell you the stories they do not teach you in the history books. His enthusiasm for sharing the history of the Rocks made the tour enjoyable and memorable. We passed down some alleys and streets
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    About the operator
    By: Sydney Urban Adventures
    337 reviews
    Certificate of Excellence
    Simon gave us a great tour
    Our tour guide was Simon, he took us from the port to the first housing of the Rocks and finished at the Opera
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    Urban adventures Sydney
    Our first night in Sydney started with the Eat, Drink and Walk tour of Sydney. It was a most memorable experience,
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    Glenning Valley, Australia
    Enjoyed learning more about Sydney's history at the Rocks
    Been visiting Sydney since 1993 and really have not learn about the history behind the Rocks. Definitely recommend
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    Isle Of Palms, Sc
    When Rum ran the Rocks
    My wife and I took this tour yesterday. The tour guide, Mick, and Johnny, another guide that joined us, were
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    We had a wonderful tour of Sydney today. Our guide,Rachel, was very well informed and a gracious host. Her
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    Michael M
    Sensational Sydney
    Sydney certainly put on a sensational day for tour, our guide John was funny, vibrant, energetic and knowledgeable
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    Sebastian L
    Huge thanks to John!
    Thanks to John for an interesting an informative evening walk around Hyde Park and Oxford Street. I can really
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    After 40 years in Sydney I joined a 2.5 hour tour of the Rocks and was amazed how much history I knew, but could
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