Convict Colony Walking Tour: The Bizarre British Experiment Behind Sydney
Expect fascinating history, delivered with energy and insight on a walking exploration of Sydney's birthplace: The Rocks. Together your group will uncover the scallywag stories of convicts, soldiers, rum and rebellions.
Once upon a time a bizarre colonial experiment took place on the rocky shores of a forested cove. 15,000-miles from home, Britain's banished thieves would be locked in a jail whose walls were made of ocean, bush, hunger and fear.
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.
Share a part in this story. This tour will keep your eyes wide open, your ears pricked and your imagination ignited!
This tour is led by a local historian who specializes in contemporary storytelling. Your guide will create an informative, interactive and playful atmosphere that makes everyone feel welcome and involved in the tour.
While centered in the Rocks, your walk will also include Sydney's original fresh water stream, plus a look inside Customs House. In the Rocks, expect hidden corridors, cobblestone laneways and sandstone ruins that make up Sydney's most infamous historical quarter.
Your walking tour will cover:
- Sydney before the ships arrived
- Why did the convicts come? A clear context to transportation
- The voyage, landing and struggles of the First Fleet
- Secrets from the early convict colony
- Great escapes, murder, mutiny and fortunes
- The rum trade and rebellion
- The remains of Sydney’s old world Tycoons
- Street gang stories and scandals
- 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