Sydney Shore Excursion: The Original Guided Walking Tour Of The Rocks

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 1 Hr 30 Mins
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  • Departure Details :
    The Rocks Walking Tours, Cnr Argyle & Harrington Streets Shop 5 - Clocktower Square, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


When your cruise ship docks in Sydney, go ashore take a guided walking of the Rocks. Tours depart daily at 10:30am and 1:30pm from a convenient location in The Rocks, for a duration of 90 minutes, walking at a leisurely pace. Your guide will lead you throughout the historic and picturesque Rocks precinct as you weave your way through hidden alleyways, along charming lanes and into shady courtyards, areas that could be overlooked by the casual unguided visitor. This is a must-do for all visitors to Sydney!


  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Excellent value for money
  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
  • Family friendly
  • Tour is wheelchair accessible

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Join a walking tour visiting The Rocks picturesque historic sites and hear the tales about ordinary people who did extraordinary things and so began the compelling story of British Australian settlement! The secrets are alive in the Sandstone.

The Rocks Walking Tours’ specialist trained local guides provide walking tours within the heart of historic and picturesque Rocks precinct, departing daily at 10:30am and 1:30pm from a handy location within The Rocks

The tour is conducted within intimate groups of no more than 25 people for a duration of 90 minutes covering approximately 1.2 miles (2 km) at a leisurely pace. You will be captivated by the charm of this special place and the commentary will intrigue and entertain you!

Your Rocks walking tour will include the shoreline of sparkling Sydney Cove, spectaular harbour views of Sydney's Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, Cadman's Cottage -- Sydney CBD's oldest surviving cottage built in 1816, Campbell's Cove a beautiful, intimate cove offering fantastic views of Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Campbells Cove wharves, Argyle Cut and the Garrsion Church, officially known as the Church of Holy Trinity, built in the1840s.

Within The Rocks historic precinct you will wander through George Street, Greenway Lane, Kendall Lane, Rocks Square, Playfair Street, Foundation Park, Suez Canal and Nurses Walk and much more!


90 minute guided walking tour

Specialist trained guide with expertise in & around The Rocks

Umbrella (if required)

Guide has amplification for ease in hearing commentary


Food and drinks

Port pickup and drop-off (provided for private bookings)

Transportation to/from attractions

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Children and Infants must be accompanied by an adult

A moderate amount of walking is involved covering approx. 1.2 miles (2km) at the pace of the groups participants

Small groups (no more than 20 people)

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress to the predicted weather conditions appropriate for an outdoor activity

Comfortable walking shoes, hat and a bottle of water suggested

Tour encompasses uneven surfaces, cobblestones, worn sandstone flagging and steps; while these elements of the tour have never been considered to be strenuous by most people, for others this may be considered as an unsuitable activity.

Tour is wheelchair accessible however be prepared for uneven surfaces at the sites visited which may be difficult for those with walking disabilities or using a powered wheelchair/ scooter

Meeting point is easily accessible on foot for cruise arrivals/ shore excursions

Wheelchair (manual) and pram friendly route

Toilet facilities accessible

Wheelchair accessible

Stroller accessible

Service animals allowed

Near public transportation

Transportation is wheelchair accessible

Surfaces are wheelchair accessible

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Traveler Reviews

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  • 04-Dec-2021

    An insightful and informative tour with Brian as our guide which far exceeded our expectations many thanks

  • 17-Jan-2021

    i am a local, this was a great tour, Sally was an excellent guide, very educational and lots to see, i learnt so much about early Sydney, the tour is great value for money

  • 09-Dec-2020

    Helen gave a very informative and enjoyable narration of the history of the Rocks. I wouldn't have known some of the unique spots and out of view places we visited were even there. Highly recommend to both visitors and residents of Sydney.

  • 22-Mar-2020

    The day of our tour was just like a summer day in Indiana, 100 F and 100% humidity, but with Brian as our guide we didn't notice. He shared a wealth of information with a touch of humor, so I barely noticed the weather. It helped that he ensured our stops were in the shade. Those 90 minutes flew past, but Brian made sure we had all our questions answered. I would put this on your "to-do" list when visiting Sydney.

  • 01-Mar-2020

    I thoroughly enjoyed the walking tour today. Vickie, our guide was incredibly knowledgeable, and brought the history to life. She was very thoughtful about the needs of her group and answered all questions with considerable ease. Would thoroughly recommend.

  • 14-Feb-2020

    Great walking tour by Vicky! She knew her stuff! Interesting to learn about the convict history of Sydney.

  • 17-Jan-2020

    Great tour with our guide Julie. Very knowledgeable. Patient with all of our questions. Very concerned with our comfort. Added a bonus trip along the waterfront since no cruise ships were docked.

  • 22-Nov-2019

    Had a lovely 90+ minute walking history lesson of Sydney’s early start. Our guide Anne was so knowledgeable and passionate about everything we saw. Highly recommend this tour for anyone visiting Sydney!

  • 01-Sep-2019

    As an Australian, there was just so much that I learnt today that I didn't know! Brian is knowledgeable, humorous, and just so entertaining! This hour and a half will make your Sydney trip all the more memorable; leaving you connected to this beautiful city, with a wealth of Australian history, and a smile on your face (and a top recommendation or two)!

  • 22-May-2019

    I had such a great time leaning the history of Sydney. Our guide Vickie was incredibly knowledgeable and obviously has a passion for the history of Sydney. So was also so incredibly kind and even showed me my way to the train. Such a sweet person. Definitely would recommend.

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