SYDNEY’S CONVICT COLONY.
Explore Sydney’s notorious heritage on a walking history tour of The Rocks & Cove.
EXPECT: Fascinating history, delivered with energy and insight on a walking exploration of Sydney’s colonial birthplace: The Rocks. Together we will uncover scallywag stories of convicts, soldiers, rum and rebellions.
TOUR TASTER: Once upon a time a bizarre colonial experiment took place on the rocky shores of a forested cove. Thousands of miles from home, Britain’s banished thieves would be locked in a jail whose walls were made of ocean, hunger, fear and bush.
Defying the odds, their shanty camp would clutch to life on the banks of a tiny stream. Gardens were grown, rum was traded and homes were carved out of sandstone cliffs.
Centuries changed, legends grew, scallywag Sydney was born. Her squalid secrets etched into The Rocks that remain today.
Journey Walks invites you to share a part in this story. This tour will keep your eyes wide open, your ears pricked and your imagination ignited.
ON THE JOURNEY:
Your walking tour will cover:
- Indigenous Sydney: The harbour and its tribes
- Why were the convicts sent here? : A clear context to transportation
- The voyage, landing and mishaps of the First Fleet
- Relics and monuments from the early colony
- Sydney’s secret fresh water stream and its secrets
- Starvation, sickness and struggles at the first hospital
- Hidden corridors and cobblestone laneways through the Rocks
- The notorious rum trade and the rebellion of 1808
- Sydney’s oldest cottage & Georgian architecture
- Secret sandstone ruins and hidden histories
- The rise & fall of the convict architect
- Street gangs & their hide outs in The Rocks
- When the black plague came to town
- A visit inside Customs house and the Argyle stores
- Models, maps and murals of new & old Sydney town
- Any question you have answered on the spot
YOUR GUIDE: This tour is led by a local historian who specialises in storytelling. Learn more about YOUR TOUR GUIDE
– Tour lasts approximately 2 hours and covers approximately 2.5 km (1.5 miles)
– Please arrive 10 minutes before your tour begins to check-in with your guide.
– This tour moves at an easy-going pace and visits approximately 20 stops
– While mostly on flat ground, some stairs are included in our walk due to the layout of the Rocks
– Your guide is a native English speaker who will communicate information clearly, ensuring you can hear every word
– Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are advised that this tour may include the names and images of people who are now deceased.