6-Person Walking Tour of Sydney
- Sydney Cove: Catch sight of the main ferry terminal and learn about the First Fleet arrival.
- Circular Quay: See some of the city’s most spectacular sights in this central point.
- Macquarie Sites: Visit the Museum of Sydney and Australia's First Government House.
- Historic Structures: Hyde Park Barracks, St. James Church, King Street Law Courts, and the State Library.
- Local Mint and Sydney Hospital: Possibility to be included in the tour.
About This Sydney Tour
If you have ever wondered why much of Australia's Aboriginal people were forced to move to other lands, you will no longer wonder after participating in this tour. Whether you join privately or as a 6-person group, a knowledgeable historian will take you in the direction of Sydney Cove. Learn about the 11 ships that disembarked from Portsmouth back in 1787, each of them carrying convicts and families of British, French, American and African origin. Next, move onto Circular Quay, which overlooks the central business district of Sydney.
Circular Quay is famous for the Sydney Tower Eye, Sydney Town Hall and Suez Canal, among many other landmarks. Admire the Georgian architecture of St. James Church. Nearby is the very first property to be built on the mainland - Australia's First Government House. Plans were made by Governor Macquarie. Various points in history are reflected in Sydney's ancient structures, like the State Library and significant convict house, Hyde Park Barracks. Convicts would usually be sentenced at the nearby King Street Law Courts.
The Life and Adventures of Lachlan Macquarie
You are going to hear a lot about governor Lachlan Macquarie on this insightful tour but why is he so well known, you ask? A man with Scottish cultural heritage, he has often been named the “father of Australia”. During his lifetime (1762-1824), Macquarie banned nude bathing and caused marriage rates to spike following the announcement of a law that prohibited women from obtaining their partner’s property. He was responsible for broadening the boundaries far beyond Sydney Basin and without taking on the role of dictator-governor, Australia’s first currency might have been very different. So powerful was he that he pressed for an 89-year-old member of his family to be appointed as the Horse of Guards.
Weekdays, meet us inside the Customs House in the far right corner of the atrium just on top of the SOUTH sign etched into the glass floor at 31 Alfred Street, 1 block back from Circular Quay. Weekends, meet just outside the front door by the left pillar.
In need of retail therapy after your tour? Your guide can advise you where to go in search of that "must have" souvenir to take home. Be sure to have some local currency and a backpack for all your great buys.
As in many cities, keep your wallet or purse secured and leave the bling behind.
Plan to walk for approximately 2 miles at a gentle pace. If your mobility is limited, this tour may be too challenging for you. This itinerary is not suitable for wheelchairs.
Walking Tour, Cultural, Scenic
Public transportation may be used from time to time. Have local currency available for tickets. Your tour may involve walking only.
Ph.D. or MA-level scholar guide
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Travelers must be 13 years of age and older to participate.
Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late for your meeting with our guide, we ask that you call to alert us so that we can relay the message to the guide.
You cannot participate in this tour if you have not sent your passport number and name beforehand. Context walks can be cancelled up to 48 hours prior to the walk with an 85% refund. Within 48 hours all reservations are final and cannot be refunded. Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late for your meeting with our guide, we ask that you call to alert us so that we can relay the message to the guide. No shows are treated as last-minute cancelations and are non-refundable. Cancellations within two business days need to be made directly with our local offices by calling them directly (or on the emergency number provided). Cancellations made via email or by calling our U.S. 800 number may not be honored.
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