The Rocks History and Pub Walking Tour

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Destination: Australia, New South Wales, Sydney

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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Sydney
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


Explore the historic Rocks district in Sydney with a knowledgeable local guide who shares tales from the neighborhood’s colorful past. Wander through alleyways and see heritage buildings that make the Rocks one of Sydney's most popular and atmospheric districts. Your tour includes stops at historic pubs for craft beers. Small-group tour with a maximum of 12 people ensures a more personalized experience.

Make your way to Circular Quay to meet your guide, then stroll a few minutes to reach the historic Rocks district. Your guide winds through backstreets and alleyways to show you important locations from Sydney’s early settlement after the colony's formation in 1788. Hear tales about the convicts who came to this area, cutting through the sandstone cliffs to build homes and roads in the fledgling colony.

Continue your walking tour though the neighborhood’s alleys and hear more about the history of The Rocks, which once had a reputation as a dangerous slum; hard to believe when you look around at today's fashionable boutiques and restaurants.

Your next stop takes you into a historic pub for a craft beer as you soak up the atmosphere of the pub, in operation since the early 1800s.

Next, stroll through tucked-away lanes to reach an extensive archaeological site with remnants dating back to the 1790s. Your guide shares further stories about convicts, settlers, bars and even a military coup that played out in The Rocks. Wrap up your tour with a delicious beer at another historic pub 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 way to your next destination.

  • Local English-speaking guide
  • 3 drink stops

  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities
  • 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
Departure Point

Wharf 6, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Departure Time

2:00 PM

Return Details

The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


2 hours 30 minutes

If you cancel at least 4 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

User's Reviews


15 Feb, 2018

Great to learn a little history whilst having a drink

Mareike G

13 Feb, 2018

Great tour with a great tour guide. Highly recommended when you stay in Sydney.

Debbie S

03 Dec, 2017

We did this tour within hours of landing in Sydney! It was a lot of walking and stairs so if you have limited capabilities be aware this is challenging but well worth the effort! I walk with a cane and it was difficult but doable -- a wheelchair would not be! Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly. If beer or the rum offered is not your drink they will sub in something you can drink. Good way to get the history of early Sydney without a dry book or boring history lesson!


30 Aug, 2017

Lucy met us at the Quay and we were off for a true local experience. Her great knowledge of the area really helped us understand the history of the beginnings of Sydney. We poked into little known places that few will discover on their own.
The first wine tasting room is more of do-it-yourself affair and the wines were undistinguished. Not so much a tasting room as a storefront.
Dinner, which was included and quite ample, was at a lovely little pub and quite enjoyable. It gave us a lot of time to get to know Lucy and learn about the issues facing Australia. Turns out they hate they wretched politicians as much as we do!
We finished up with another wine tasting and Lucy helped us plan what to see for the next day. That was most helpful as we feel her tips really helped us maximize our time. GREAT local guide and an excellent value!

Evelyn J

24 Aug, 2017

Great tour with great guides and lots of history explained. There were many anecdotal stories told to expand on the basic facts and loved the meal and beer at the end.

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