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The world famous Sydney Opera House

When Rum Ran the Rocks

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Step back to a magical time when rum was a currency, and Sydney's harbourside area of the Rocks was filthy rich with it. See local drinkers in their natural habitat, join them in their ablutions and learn about why rum was worth rebelling for… then and now.

Highlights:
  • Become an insider in the Rocks, Sydney’s oldest neighbourhood
  • Hop between three unique local pubs, fuelled by tantalising historical tales
  • Check out Sydney’s sights from a different perspective
  • Indulge in local craft beer and an Aussie BBQ dinner

Tour style:Walking/Orientation Local Life/Culture, Heritage & History, Food & Beverage
Inclusions:

Local English-speaking guide, wine tasting, self-cook Aussie BBQ dinner or prepared meal, all you can eat salad bar, two drinks with dinner, two drinks after dinner.


Exclusions:

Items of a personal nature, gratuities for guides, additional food & drinks (other than indicated above).


Group size:Maximum 12
Schedule details:
  • Duration:3.5 - 4 hours
  • Meeting point:

    Booking Centre, Wharf 6, Circular Quay Sydney NSW 2000

  • Starting time: 5.00 PM
  • Ending point:

    Harrington St, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia


Additional information :
  • Voucher exchange details:

    Present to local guide at beginning of tour.

  • Confirmation of booking:

    If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point. 


    Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.

  • Additional information:

    Please have proof of age ID with you (driver’s license or passport) just in case, as you must be 18+ to participate in the tour. You have the choice between alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, so if you’re not a drinker but still interested in the neighbourhood and its history, you’ll still have a great time!

  • Dress standard:

    Dress for the weather, bring a long a coat and umbrella if it looks like rain, wear comfortable shoes and bring a bottle of water.

  • Child policy:

    This is an 18+ tour. Unfortunately, no children are allowed.

  • Language: English

Also runs from:1 Jan 2015 to 31 Dec 2015

Itinerary:

Alright, let’s get to know Sydney a little better – what do you say?

 

Wind your way through the back alleyways, up the steps and back in time to uncover the stories and people who shaped this fledgling colony. Hear all about Sydney’s oldest pubs, the first breweries, amazing convict tales, and a rebellion over the most precious drink of all… rum!

 

As Australia’s first neighbourhood, the Rocks was literally cut from the sandstone cliffs that rise above Sydney Harbour. On this Sydney walking tour, we’ll carve out a narrative of this neighbourhood’s history, starting with the convicts that were forced to settle here and their amazing tales of survival and entrepreneurship.

 

Along the way on this Sydney Rocks tour we’ll make pit stops at some classic local spots, starting off with a wine tasting in the heart of the Rocks and a lesson in wine appreciation and the local wine industry. From there, we’ll explore the once seedy back alleyways, which today are very safe and feature many great photo opportunities.  

 

Next on your Sydney tour, we’ll be off to participate in the most “Aussie” of traditions – a real backyard BBQ set amongst the sandstone arches and alleyways of the Sydney Rocks. Be sure to bring your appetite because you can choose from steak, chicken, lamb, kebabs, fish, or a prepared meal of roast beef, roast pork, or vegetarian pie. Oh, and an all you can eat salad bar and a couple drinks to wash it all down with. Take your time to eat as your guide shares more stories with you.

 

After dinner we’ll delve deeper into some of the most unique and off-the-beaten-track parts of the Rocks. Not only will you get to work off your meal and hear more intriguing historical stories, we’ll also visit an archaeological site like no other in Australia, before hunkering down to enjoy some locally made craft beer.

 

Before this rather unique Sydney bar tour comes to an end, we’ll be hitting up one of Sydney’s most historical drinking establishments for a cocktail. Gotta end in style!


Photo Gallery:

The world famous Sydney Opera HouseHistory in The RocksBeer’s and BBQWine TastingExploring the RocksAussie BBQ dinnerDinner Plate LargeGuide LargeOn Tour largeSteak on the BBQ Large


Traveller Feedback:

Want to check out what other travellers think of their Urban Adventure experience? See below for our traveller feedback. 

When Rum Ran the Rocks has an average customer care rating of 4.40 (out of a possible 5). The scores for each parameter are:
  • Your overall experience ...................................................................................... 4.00
  • Your guide’s enthusiasm, local knowledge and communication skills........................................................................................................................ 4.00
  • The level of opportunity to learn more about the culture, interact
    with locals, and experience their way of life......................................................5.00
  • The Responsible Travel philosophy implemented on your
    Urban Adventure................................................................................................... 5.00
  • Did the trip match your expectations?.............................................................. 4.00

Mr. Shane W.
Australia ~ 19 Nov 2013
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Guide was knowledgeable, quite a lot of places visited in such a small area, the visit to the YHA site was unexpected and amazing, although I did suggest that showing guests a few photos of how locations used to look around 150 to 200 years ago would make the experience more interesting. While I did enjoy the full package, I do wonder if some people are detracted by the cost of this tour, and whether it's worth offering the tour section for $70-$80 and allowing guests to purchase their own meals and drinks separately rather than everything being included. I know personally I'd be more inclined at first to book a $70 tour than a $150 one.

 

Your trip:

Your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people led by a local guide.

Tipping:

If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides, a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid Urban Adventures destinations. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour.

  • Cancellations made more than 2 days prior to travel receive a full refund
  • Cancellations made 2 days or less prior to travel attract a 100% cancellation fee.

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