Free tour from the Town Hall to Darling Harbour, Barangaroo and The Rocks

Duration: 2h and 30min
Languages: English
Guru: Gavin
Registered on June 05, 2023

Retired from academic publishing and bookselling, I'm writing an indigenous and colonial history of Watsons Bay and conducting guided walks around the city and south head. I have been a volunteer guide at the Australian National Maritime Museum for five years. I have travelled extensively overseas and throughout Australia and New Zealand. I contributed to the SlowTravel site for over 20 years and published extensive travel blogs.

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

Free tour from the Town Hall to Darling Harbour, Barangaroo and The Rocks: Experience a Sydney that even the locals don't know about.

While limited to 5 people, please contact if your date appears fully booked.  Often, I can fit you in. 

I donate 25% of your payment to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.  I expect $30.00 per person or $50.00 per couple.

The commentary I give on this guided walk is about the culture and structure of traditional Dharawal society, the colonial history and the industrial revolution in Sydney.
If you are interested in one theme more than the others, that's what I'll focus on.
Two of the Dharawal clans lived on country we will explore; the Gadigal and  Wangal.  We will discuss their lives both before and after colonisation (invasion).
Between 1788 and the 1850s, colonists persued basic activities such as boat building, fishing, milling grain and basic commerce.
From the 1850's Darling Harbour was the cente of the Industrial Revolution in Australia.  It was a world leader in a number of industrial developments.
Best of all, this is a wonderful scenic walk with many photo opportunities, and I'm always more interested in what you want to know about, than what I have to share.

We begin at the Sydney Town Hall and Queen Victoria Building; two of Sydney's most stunning sandstone buildings. We then walk down Market St. to Darling Harbour, out to Barangaroo and around Millers Point to The Rocks.

Two and a half hours that you will remember for years. Phone, email or text me for more information.. 

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Town Hall, George St, Sydney NSW 2000...
    Town Hall, George St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
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    I will be at the foot of the stairs of the Town Hall wearing either a bright blue Indigenous Literacy Foundation t-shirt or a blue Yindyamarra Winhanganha t-shirt and a black cap.

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Queen Victoria Building
  • 2
    Outside visit
    Darling Harbour
  • 3
    Outside visit
    Barangaroo NSW
  • 4
    Outside visit
    Millers Point NSW
  • 5
    Outside visit
    The Rocks NSW

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Mike 29 Mar 2024

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Travelled in couple - Mar 2024
Gavin is incredibly knowledgable and passionate about the history and culture of the area. The tour only covers a small area compared to other (cities) we have visited before but there was so much info that it was a great to experience the city and spend the morning
Jens Peter 08 Mar 2024

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Travelled in couple - Mar 2024
Very nice tour.
Laura 01 Mar 2024
Gold Coast

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Travelled in group - Mar 2024
I had the pleasure of being guided by Gavin during my recent trip to Sydney, and I can't praise his expertise and enthusiasm enough! Gavin's deep knowledge of Sydney's history and culture truly enriched my experience. His passion for sharing insights and ensuring everyone felt engaged made the tour memorable. I highly recommend Gavin for anyone looking to explore Sydney with a knowledgeable and personable guide.
nubiacarolina 18 Feb 2024
São Paulo

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Travelled alone - Feb 2024
I deeply recommend this walk with Gavin if you are a person like me, who loves history and feels when things are done with purpose. I could see Sydney from other perspectives now, deeply in terms of his history and the important facts alive until nowadays. I was impressed and I loved it. Thanks, Gavin and Sydney!
William 13 Feb 2024
Los Angeles

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Travelled in group - Feb 2024
THe guide did not show up. This is a big dissappointment since the time slot from our vacation we reserve for this is wasted.
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.
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