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Making of Sydney Walking Tour

Making of Sydney Walking Tour

This three-hour walking tour led by a historian traces the early history of Sydney, from its foundations as penal settlement to one of the most exciting 21st century cities.

You’ll emerge from this tour with a sharper sense for Sydney - and, indeed, Australia’s - early history...from the First Fleet (1788) through the middle of the 19th century, with hints here and there of modern and contemporary life.

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Tour/Activity Details

Length

3 hours

Time

9:30 am on Monday, Thursday & Saturday

5 Days Minimum Advance Booking Required. Minimum age is 13. Minimum 2 persons per order. Tour does not include hotel pickup. Rates are per-person in US dollars. Please order online or call to order or for more information.

Description

Itinerary

Your tour will begin in Sydney Cove, the main ferry terminal in the city. It starts with the Aboriginal groups that lived in this area and their culture, and then your guide will discuss the arrival of the First Fleet. Using this cove - now a lively plaza of bustling activity - as a text, you’ll look at the entire British project in Australia through the lens of this first contact and settlement.

The conversation will lead the group through a variety of sub-topics, including the division of the city along class lines, the status and contributions of convicts and eventual displacement of Aboriginal groups. This walk may take any variety of paths, depending on the interests of the group and the background of the historian leading it. However, a few key sites will be considered, including the Museum of Sydney, which occupies the site (and preserves the remains) of Australia’s first Government House, the convict-built obelisk on Macquarie Street and salvaged remains of one of the First Fleet ships lost in the South Pacific.

The tour continues up Macquarie Street to explore a number of very notable historic structures, including the Hyde Park Barracks, St. James Church and King Street Law Courts. You’ll learn about Governor Macquarie and his wife, Elizabeth, who were a major force in early Sydney and built some of the city’s earliest, most iconic buildings.

The tour looks at Macquarie’s vision for the city and how he approached tricky issues like emancipated convicts, English class systems, relationships with the Aboriginal groups and the difficult task of building a British civilization on the opposite side of the globe. Along the way, you may step into the State Library, where there is usually an exhibit of historic artifacts - manuscripts, household items, etc. - from this period.

The tour may also visit the local mint and the Sydney Hospital, originally built as the “Rum Hospital” where your guide may discuss the Rum Rebellion and other moments of strife. Your tour will conclude in Hyde Park, one of Sydney’s best green spaces, and also a legacy of this early period, where you can take shelter from the sun in a cool, shaded corner and wrap up the discussion.

5 Days Minimum Advance Booking Required. Minimum age is 13. Minimum 2 persons per order. Tour does not include hotel pickup. Rates are per-person in US dollars. Please order online or call to order or for more information.

Cancellation Policy

There are no refunds. All sales are final.

Change policy

If changes are allowed on a tour or activity, a $20.00 per reservation change fee will be applied for any change to a reservation. Please note that some tours and activities do not allow any changes. Date changes can only be made only if we can confirm availability on the new date. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis through our Reservations Center.

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Rates All rates are in US Dollars

Event Date:

October 26, 2017

Desired Time:

09:30 AM