The Rocks Tour
The Rocks Tour
Convict Themed Audio+Puzzle Adventure
- Approx 2 hours
- 7 Tour Stops
- Audio + Puzzles
Explore the history of The Rocks district with our expertly crafted audio+puzzle tour. Uncover the secrets of this historic area through the lens of British convicts, as you hear stories of colonists, convicts, soldiers, sailors, and the local larrikin gangs. Our mobile app and printed tour booklets will lead you through the cobblestone streets, hidden lanes, and charming courtyards that have witnessed some of Sydney's most fascinating heritage.
This self-guided audio tour of The Rocks is an entertaining and informative way to explore at your own pace. You'll receive printed tour booklets and access to our native mobile app, and together they will guide you to discover the hidden sights and rich history of The Rocks district.
Self-Guided with Audiobook Quality Commentary
Our famous audiobook-quality commentary will reveal the fascinating stories of the convicts who lived and worked here, how convicts and free citizens lived side-by-side in this historic neighbourhood, and the iconic narrow laneways the local residents lived and played in. Learn about the district's transformation from a convict settlement to a bustling part of Sydney Cove, now called Circular Quay.
10 Escape-Room Style Puzzles to Solve
As you explore, you will also solve puzzles with Kenny the Koala, which will encourage you to interact with your surroundings as well as reveal fantastic hidden spots throughout The Rocks area. It might be deciphering the secret codes hidden on the building of Australia's first hospital, uncovering patterns concealed to the average onlooker, or figuring out the secret messages obscured by terrace street numbers - only you can solve them!
Note that puzzles range in difficulty just like an indoor escape room, so they are suitable for both teenagers (8 and up) and adults.
7 Tour Stops around The Rocks
First Fleet Park, the first town square in Australia, located in Circular Quay (formerly named Sydney Cove)
Cadmans Cottage, the oldest residential building in the Rocks, opposite the International Cruise Terminal
The Nurses Walk, the location of the first hospital in Australia, located along George Street
Reynolds Cottage and courtyard, the second-oldest residential building in The Rocks
The Argyle Cut, built partially with convict chain-gang labour, on Argyle Street
- Susannah Place, a fascinating set of terraces from 1844 that still stand today
- Playfair Street and terraces, and Foundation Park, located in what is the heart of The Rocks today.
|Start point||First Fleet Park, beside Wharf 1, Circular Quay|
|End Point||Playfair Street, The Rocks|
|Tour Distance||2km (1.2mi)|
|Suitable Times||Day, Night, Weekdays, and Weekends|
|Tour kit inclusions||Audio Commentary, Tour Booklet, Puzzles, and Puzzle Tools|
|What to bring||Mobile phone, Earphones (recommended), and Comfortable outfit suitable for walking|
|Deaf/Hard of Hearing Accessible||Accessible for deaf/hard of hearing Audio Transcriptions Visual or Written Directions Visual or Written Instructions Visual Puzzles|
|Wheelchair Accessible||Tour is wheelchair accessible|
Loved this self tour, explored places at the Rocks I never knew existed
This is our second tour - enjoyed the commentary and voices from the past brought the area alive. Easy to use the app and the puzzles fun and added bonus. Great for adults and kids alike!
This was a fantastic experience, especially the different voices that told the stories as we wandered through the historic district and a leisurely stroll along the breathtaking Sydney Harbour. We found ourselves happily indulging in a delicious coffee from a french cafe/patisserie. The audio really made the history of the neighbourhood come alive with the various storytelling, accents and sound effects. Having been on walking tours in different places, this was definitely a highlight due to how immersive it was. Highly recommend!
Did this tour yesterday with my boyfriend, we loved it. We've done the harbour bridge tour as well, and this was just as much fun. We loved the voice actors telling their convict stories - we're from here but still learnt a lot of new things about what convict life was like. Would definitely recommend!