Total Sydney Tour – Shopping Rum & Passion


If you’re short on time and you want to see what Sydney has to offer all in one day then this Total Sydney tour is for you! Our morning will begin with some souvenir shopping in ultra trendy Newtown, where we’ll admire funky street art and try delicious artisan cake and gelato. Our afternoon will be filled with exploring the famous Rocks by the Harbourside where we will learn more about the city and enjoy a few craft beers. Then in the early evening we will head over to the buzzing King’s Cross area (the former red light district) for more drinks and some salacious tales about the notorious characters that used to work here.


  • Discover the fascinating history of Sydney and how it has changed over the decades
  • Get away from the city centre and explore some of Sydney’s hottest neighbourhoods with a local by your side
  • Drink locally brewed craft beer and taste an acclaimed gelato that the locals can’t get enough of!
  • Hop between four unique local pubs to taste local craft beer, fuelled by tantalising historical tales
  • Visit the site of Sydney’s greatest unsolved mystery

Inclusions: Local, English-speaking guide, one coffee, one slice of cake, one gelato, lunch, three beers, one glass of rum, dinner.

Exclusions: Additional food and drinks, public transport (please bring your opal card if you have one), souvenirs and personal shopping, tips/gratuities for your guide.

Schedule details

  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Meeting point: Newtown Railway Station ticket gates. Address: Princes Highway (King Street) Newtown.
  • Starting time: 10.00 AM
  • Ending point: Bayswater Road, Kings Cross.
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  • This total tour is a combination of three of our most popular Sydney group tours: Made In Sydney, When Rum Ran the Rocks and Kings Cross Crime & Passion.Your morning begins in Newtown. We will explore this historical neighbourhood together and discover its internationally acclaimed street art, shop in an incredibly creative marketplace and enjoy a selection of treats — all just 10 minutes from Sydney’s Central Business District.

    We’ll take you off the high street into the laneways and side streets to meet local artisans and watch them ply their trade and sell their creative wares.

    We’ll then stop at three diverse independents that call Newtown home. We’ll taste the most photographed dessert in the world, visit the gelato business that won Italy’s ‘best gelato in the world’ competition and we’ll sample a beer made by Sydney’s premier craft brewers (founded by a rock group and operating from disused warehouses). All the while, you will be learning about the colourful past and present which sets Newtown apart from every other suburb of Sydney.

    Take the time to buy items of craftwork for yourself or as gifts for friends and family. And it’s all Sydney-made.

    Then, your guide will escort you to one of their favourite lunch spots in the city before heading harbourside where the second leg of your Sydney adventure begins. As Australia’s first neighbourhood, the Rocks was literally cut from the sandstone cliffs that rise above Sydney Harbour. As we walk, your guide will 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, we will make pit stops at some classic local pubs in the heart of the Rocks. From there, we explore the once seedy back alleyways, which today are very safe, of course, but still feature many great photo opportunities.

    After a drink at another historic pub, we delve deeper into some of the unique and most off-the-beaten-track parts of the Rocks as we visit an archaeological site like no other in Australia.

    Then we’ll take a 90 minute break and grab some dinner before making our way to the third and final part of our tour.

    In Kings Cross, spend two hours immersed in the tumultuous history of the former red light district as we guide you through tales of fame and fortune, murder and drugs and mysteries and romances!

    We will visit a number of different spots important to the neighbourhood , including the site of one of Sydney’s greatest unsolved mysteries.

    Traditionally home to Sydney’s artistic and bohemian lifestyles, The Cross began its life as the centre of sophisticated society before descending into debauched poverty but in recent years it has enjoyed a renaissance and has once again become a lively, vibrant and sometimes controversial Sydney hotspot not to be missed. We’ll stop at a bar or two while we explore for a drink and maybe a chat with the locals.

    Your tour ends here but don’t forget to ask your local guide for tips on what else to see, do and eat while you’re in town

    Additional information

    Inclusions: Local, English-speaking guide, one coffee, one slice of cake, one gelato, lunch, three beers, one glass of rum, dinner.

    Exclusions: Additional food and drinks, public transport (please bring your opal card if you have one), souvenirs and personal shopping, tips/gratuities for your guide.

    Dress standard: Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes suitable for walking. This tour runs in all weather conditions, so please dress appropriately.

    Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.

    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.

    Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.

    Dietary Notes

    We can accommodate vegetarians and other dietary restrictions. Please notify us in advance if you have any dietary requests. You can do so in the ‘Additional information’ box at checkout, or by emailing us at [email protected].

    Local contact

    Office phone number: +61 (0) 414 983 091
    Email address: [email protected]

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