When Rum Ran The Rocks


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.

Sydney Rum Ran The Rocks Tour 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 a few glasses of local craft beers

Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, and three drink stops.

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

Schedule details

  • Duration: 2.5 hours
  • Meeting point: Booking Centre, Wharf 6, Circular Quay Sydney NSW 2000
  • Starting time: 2.00 PM
  • Ending point: George St, the Rocks, Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia
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    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 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 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. We finish up our Sydney tour by enjoying one last beer back near where the tour began.

    Additional information

    Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, and three drink stops.

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

    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.

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

    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!

    Child Policy: Children between the ages of six and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking.

    Local contact

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

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  • Mr. Bruce C. from Australia travelled on 03 May 2018:

    Our guide Phillip was knowledgeable and open to any questions we put to him. He showed us an area of Sydney which I was not familiar with, and gave us all relevant information of the sights and history of all the particular sights we discovered.

    Mr. Amanda K. from Australia travelled on 24 Apr 2016:

    Love this tour. I was the only person booked and Lucy, tour guide, was just lovely. I did not at anytime feel like it was too much to do the tour just for me. I will definitely use Urban tours again but this time I will book through Urban Tours and not Expedia as they charged me about $30 extra. So worthwhile and interesting. Shoutout to Lucy for being so fabulous

    Mr. Harold T. from United Kingdom travelled on 02 Feb 2016:

    Good local knowledge – could answer all questions

    Mr. Shane W. from Australia travelled on 19 Nov 2013:

    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.