The Rocks Walking Tours Signature History and Pub Tour

Enjoy The Rock Walking Tours' signature tour and finish at The Hero of Waterloo to hear tales of early Sydney drinking establishments and the culture that went along with them.

Join Sydney’s Original The Rocks Walking Tour, established 1978, as their professional guide takes you on a 2-hour/ 2.5 hour leisurely walk through Sydney’s colonial district getting you up close & personal with the living history and British heritage of The Rocks. Wander through hidden alleys and laneways and hear stories about the many characters and rogues that called The Rocks home.

The arrival of the British in Australia in 1788 brought not only convicts but also its drinking habits from back home in England. And so began a way of life for both convicts and gaolers trying to survive a foreign land as “rum” provided not only entertainment and escape but became a form of currency in the colony.

Some of the stories you will learn about are the

  • ‘Six o’clock swill’
  • Which pub is really Sydney’s first pub?
  • What was the “Blow My Skull Off” cocktail that was popular with sailors in the 1800’s
  • Sydney’s first brewer

Tour finishes at The Hero of Waterloo Hotel with a tour of the haunted cellar and an ice-cold beverage sharing stories around the bar.

Book online or call the office on (02) 9247 6678 to book a time of your choice

  • 2-hour tour: one pub stop
  • Group size: up to 10 people
  • Cost: $450.00 per group + $10 per person beverage charge
  • Drink selection: Schooner of beer; house red or white wine; soft drink 


Terms & conditions
(a) Bookings can only be cancelled by the Participant by giving written notice to the Company at least 24 hours before the original tour date.
(b) The Company will not proceed should the Company decide that the weather makes the participation in the tour unsafe, or for any other reason, at the absolute discretion of the Company.
(c) Should the Company not proceed then Participants will either be re-booked at the earliest possible time at the convenience of the Participants taking into account available places. 
(d) There will be no refund of a ticket by the Company except in accordance with these terms or as agreed in writing by the Company. Refunds will only be made to the person who purchased the ticket from the Company.
The Rocks Walking Tours Signature History and Pub Tour

Valid Dates

Monday through to Friday. Book online for 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm or call our office on  02 9247 6678 to book a time of your choice.

Shop 5, Clocktower Square
Corner Argyle and Harrington Streets
The Rocks
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