SYDNEY’S CONVICT COLONY. The bizarre colonial experiment behind our city
We invite you to join the journeys that forged The Rocks.
EXPECT: Fascinating history, delivered with energy and insight on a walking exploration of Sydney’s 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, this shanty camp would clutch to life on the banks of a tiny stream. Gardens were grown, rum was traded and homes were carved into the sandstone cliffs.
Centuries changed, legends grew, scallywag Sydney was born. Her squalid secrets etched into the very rocks from which she was built.
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:
- Sydney before the ships arrived
- Why did the convicts come? A clear context to transportation
- The voyage, landing and mishaps of the First Fleet
- Sydney’s secret fresh water stream
- Starvation, sickness and struggles of the early convicts
- Great escapes, murder, mutiny and fortunes
- Hidden corridors and cobblestone laneways
- The rum trade and rebellion
- Discover secret sandstone ruins
- The remains of Sydney’s old world Tycoons
- The Governor and the convict
- The secret beer brewer
- Sydney’s oldest surviving cottage
- 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 contemporary storytelling. An interactive and playful atmosphere is created that makes all feel welcome and involved. 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.