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Customs House, Sydney: Our most recommended tours and activities

Sydney Convicts, History & The Rocks 2.5-Hour Walking Tour

1. Sydney Convicts, History & The Rocks 2.5-Hour Walking Tour

Join this tour for an immersive exploration of Sydney’s notorious heritage as you uncover the stories, sights and secrets of its hidden convict origins in The Rocks. As you navigate your way past the forgotten relics and ruins of this historic quarter, your guide will unpack the process of criminal transportation to Australia and its immediate effect on Sydney’s indigenous population at the turn of the 19th century. You'll discover the curious case of the convict architect and the ambitious Governor who wanted to decorate the prison settlement, and you’ll retrace the steps of the teenage girl who rose from chains to riches by conquering Sydney’s economy. Expect unique examples of Georgian and Victorian architecture, hidden corridors, convict cut sandstone, abandoned slums and enormous cellars for spirits and stores. Get lost in charm of The Rocks as its past is brought back to life by your expert history guide, and develop a d great understanding about how early Sydney came to be. Crafted to suit both locals and visitors, this tour will keep your eyes wide open, your ears pricked and your imagination ignited.

Sydney: Self-Guided Walking Tour with Audio Guide

2. Sydney: Self-Guided Walking Tour with Audio Guide

Explore the beauty of Sydney on a self-guided audio tour. Walk at your own pace and admire the stunning architecture of one of Australia’s largest cities. Download the MP3 audio tour combined with a fully detailed map of the area and start your adventure with your audio device as your guide. Soak in the vibrant atmosphere while listening to fascinating facts and stories of the city. Visit the famous Sydney Opera House, one of the most recognized modern structures in the world. It is also declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Continue to see the other architectural heritages such as St James’ Church, the Archibald Fountain, and the Museum of Sydney. Admire the iconic beauty of the Rocks, the Customs House, the General Post Office, Sydney Hospital, the Parliament, and the Government House.  Take a stroll through the city and see the breathtaking views at the Harbour Bridge viewpoint. Enjoy a hassle-free audio tour to one of the most charming cities in Australia.

Sydney: Unlock The Rocks Scavenger Hunt Adventure Game

3. Sydney: Unlock The Rocks Scavenger Hunt Adventure Game

Are you ready for your next Adventure? After booking, you will receive your play links via email or SMS. There is no need to meet a guide - You decide when you would like to play the adventure and head to the start location (outside of Customs House). Once at the start location - You and your team click on the play links on your mobile to begin your adventure and you'll start to solve the cryptic clues. Each clue once solved leads you to a secret location. In this Unlock The Rocks Adventure you will be on a fun-filled adventure and discover the incredible history of The Rocks. You will get up close and personal with the living history and heritage of Australia’s first settlement area and Sydney’s oldest streets. Throughout the trail you will learn about the hidden back stories through interactive content. You will score points, use hints where necessary and compete against others on the live leaderboard. You can ask for help at any time during the self guided tour. Wander down hidden alleyways, into mysterious courtyards, walk the shortest street in Sydney, and watch out for the notorious Rocks Push gang! Along the way we will show you 2 awesome stop off points to enjoy some beverages if you wish. If you do manage to complete the clues and reach the finish we will provide you with your stats and a detailed explanation of all the sights. So do you have what it takes to Unlock The Rocks? Start Location - Outside Customs House (Circular Quay station is a 1-minute walk away) Finish Location - You finish at one of our recommended bars in Sydney CBD near Town Hall Station. There are plenty of other bars and restaurants nearby. If you want some tips on where to eat afterwards then get in touch or check the ultimate guide you will see at the end of the trail. Duration - 2-3 hours (may vary depending on how much time you spend at rest breaks) Go solo or play as a team - We recommend up to 4 players per team. If you want to play against another team then stagger your start times by 5 minutes, which is a great idea for large parties and team building. Play links are valid for 6 months after purchase making it a super flexible option

Sydney: Secret Laneways Scavenger Hunt Adventure Game

4. Sydney: Secret Laneways Scavenger Hunt Adventure Game

Get ready for your next Adventure. After booking, you will receive your play links via email or SMS. There is no need to meet a guide - You decide when you would like to play the adventure and head to the start location (outside of Customs House). Once at the start location - You and your team click on the play links on your mobile to begin your adventure (there is no app to download) & you'll start to solve the cryptic clues. Each clue once solved leads you to a secret location. In this Secret Sydney Adventure, you are assigned as private detectives and your mission is to try and solve all of the clues which will lead you to discover Sydney’s hidden streets. Throughout the trail, you will learn about the hidden backstories through interactive content. You will score points, use hints where necessary, and compete against others on the live leaderboard. You can ask for help at any time during the self-guided tour. These laneways are today charming walkways with lots of hidden gems that contribute to the tapestry of modern day Sydney. Many people (including the locals) who do this trail are surprised to find such secrets hidden away in plain view of the city. You'll have the option to stop off at some recommended rest breaks, including an underground speakeasy bar. Are you ready to undertake this fun adventure, will you accept this Secret Sydney mission? Start Location - Outside Customs House (Circular Quay station is 1-minute walk away) Finish Location - You finish at one of our recommended bars in Sydney CBD near Town Hall Station. There are plenty of other bars and restaurants nearby. If you want some tips on where to eat afterward then get in touch or check the ultimate guide you will see at the end of the trail. Duration - 2-3 hours (may vary depending on how much time you spend at rest breaks) Go solo or play as a team - We recommend up to 4 players per team. If you want to play against another team then stagger your start times by 5 minutes, which is a great idea for large parties and team building. Play links are valid for 6 months after purchase making it a super flexible option

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What people are saying about Customs House, Sydney

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 39 reviews

Max was an excellent and entertaining guide. He had an incredible depth of knowledge and passion for history. He led one of the best walking tours I have been on and I learnt so much more about the history of Sydney and it’s people. I think he is excellent value for money! Next time I am in Sydney I will be looking to go on another one of his tours. I would highly recommend this tour to friends and family.

Max was an amazing guide - maintained his energy & enthusiasm thru the entire tour. Loved his interjections of humor - made it very entertaining. The tour itself is so interesting. As a local, I enjoyed learning some new things about our Convict history. Very keen to try some of Max's other tours next. Thank you for a great experience!

Played this scavenger hunt as part of a corporate team building day with our company, Was great fun solving the clues and having fun with colleagues. Look forward to trying more adventures soon.

A fantastic way to spend some time in Sydney. We saw parts of The Rocks we never saw before and played the adventure with friends withs some friendly competition. Definitely recommend.

A great guide who used narrative so skillfully to accurately portray Sydney's early history.