ON THIS UNIQUE EXPERIENCE: Join a passionate history-guide (Max or April) on an exploration of Sydney’s notorious convict heritage at Sydney Cove & The Rocks. Expect fascinating stories, delivered with energy and insight, as we uncover the sailors, soldiers, scallywags, convicts, craftsmen, larrikins and low-lives who began to trade rum, quarry stone and etch a living upon Sydney's shoreline from the late 18th century. Over 2.5 hours, we'll unpack the process of convict transportation in graphic detail — retracing the steps of its curious colonial characters & their immediate effect Sydney's ancient Indigenous clans. Navigating the cobbled alley-ways, hidden corridors, forgotten monuments & secret waterways of this port-side settlement, we'll venture off the beaten track to dig up its memories - the good, the bad & the plague ridden. Designed to engage both Sydney locals & visitors, this is a journey through time & space that takes history off the shelf, dusts it off & brings it to life with vivid descriptions, imagery & an infectious passion for the past. Best of all, finish your journey in heart of The Rocks & allow the stories to soak-in over a drink with your guide (included) at one of this area's infamous historic pubs. See you onboard! N.B If you would like to organise a private tour that is tailored to your time in Sydney then please be in touch. Thanks Max
Hi I'm Max Burns, founder of Journey Walks (narrative walking tours of Sydney) and a convict-history buff with a passion for great storytelling. Either myself or my co-host April McNee will be your tour leader on this historic exploration. With over 10 years guiding experience across Sydney, Barcelona & Amsterdam — backed by a Masters in History & Heritage Studies and a deep understanding of the Colonial Age — I offer my guests a time-travel tour experience full of imagery, detail & insight. April is an energetic history professional with years of guiding experience between Sydney & London, a masters in Museum & Heritage studies and expertise in 19th C. convict culture & fashion. I also host: 'Sin & The City —Kings X History Tour' : an experience that unpacks the notorious characters & criminals of Sydney’s historic red-light strip.
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This history-tour will take place across Sydney Cove & The Rocks Historic Convict Sites we'll explore: The colony's secret fresh water stream. A controversial Union Jack A relic from a First Fleet ship. Australia's first European monument. Punishment Quarries & hand-cut sandstone. Sydney's oldest cottage. Original China-Town. Hidden Doss Houses. Rum Stores. 19th C. slums. Cobbled alleyways. Very Old Pubs. + Sydney harbour's Indigenous heritage.
This walking history-tour is best suited for guests aged 12+ and contains some adult themes from Sydney's history. While mostly on flat surfaces, some steps are included on our walk through The Rocks.