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Total Sydney: 6 Hour Culture and History Pub Walking Tour

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Enjoy two of our most popular Sydney tours on this fabulously fun combo tour. Step back in time to a magical era 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 find out why the rum was worth rebelling for… then and now. Then scratch the (dirty) underbelly of Sydney's notorious red light district on the second, sin (and beer) drenched portion of your tour as you hear about the notorious figures and big-time pimps who made 'the Cross' what it is today. Come with us if you dare!

What You'll Get

This tour combines two of our most popular Sydney tours: When Rum Ran the Rocks and King’s Cross Crime and Passion. 

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 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. 

There will be a 90 minute break now, where you’ll have the opportunity to grab a bite to eat (not included) and make your way over to Kings Cross for the second part of our combo tour.

Spend two hours immersed in the tumultuous history of Kings Cross, as we guide you through tales of fame and fortune, murder and drugs, and mysteries and romances on this Sydney tour with a twist!

We'll visit a number of different spots important to the neighbourhood on this Sydney Kings Cross tour. Standing on the site of one of Sydney’s greatest unsolved mysteries, you'll hear of the days of the infamous razor gang and sly grog, of the deviants and bohemians, and how the charismatic Cross came to be.

Traditionally home to Sydney’s artistic and bohemian lifestyles, the Cross began its life as the centre of sophisticated society before transforming through its host of passionate and deviant lifestyles. Now, Kings Cross is a lively, vibrant, and sometimes controversial Sydney hotspot not to be missed. We will grab a drink at a Kings Cross Bar and settle in for some more enthralling tales.

Our 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

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • We can accommodate vegetarians and other dietary restrictions. Please notify us in advance if you have any dietary requests.
  • This is a child-friendly tour. 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.
  • Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes suitable for walking. Our tours run in all weather conditions, so please dress appropriately.
  • For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • Local, English-speaking guide
  • One rum
  • Two beers
  • Alcoholic Beverages

  • Additional food and drinks
  • Souvenirs and personal shopping
  • Tips/gratuities for your guide

Departure Point
Circular Quay, Wharf 6, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Departure Time
2:00 PM

6 hours

Return Details
67 Bayswater Rd, Rushcutters Bay NSW 2011, Australia

Voucher Info
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The tour identified in this promotion is made available through Viator. Groupon is not affiliated with or sponsored by the Urban Adventures Sydney in connection with this deal. Please contact Groupon customer service for all inquiries related to this offer. Inquiries placed to Viator will be directed back to Groupon.

This offer is not eligible for promo codes.

The Fine Print

7-day cancellation rights do not apply; no refunds or exchanges permitted. Voucher valid only for date and time listed; may not be exchanged or redeemed for other dates. Purchaser name and phone number must be provided at checkout; this information will be shared with Viator and the tour operator for purposes of order fulfillment. Groupon promo codes may not be used for this offer. Groupon voucher Terms of Sale do not apply. See the tour operators terms and conditions for this offer here.

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