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Customs House, Sydney

Customs House, Sydney

Customs House, Sydney: Our most recommended tours and activities

Sydney: City & The Rocks 3.5-Hour Historical Walking Tour

1. Sydney: City & The Rocks 3.5-Hour Historical Walking Tour

Discover the story of Sydney on this expert-led walking tour, while hitting all of the city’s main attractions. Perfect for those who have just arrived, as well as locals and those who want to go deeper in learning about Australian history, culture, society & First Nations people. Starting from Customs House, you’ll hear about Sydney’s colonisation by the British – and how their arrival impacted the original inhabitants, the Cadigal people of the Eora nation. Your guide will provide you with a range of perspectives on Sydney’s development, introducing Aboriginal people, British governors, convicts & entrepreneurs, and other multicultural migrants, as you weave your way through the city centre. You’ll also walk through part of The Rocks and finish at a popular brewery with harbour views of both the Bridge and the Opera House. At the end of the tour, your host will give you a custom-made map with heaps of recommendations to make the most of your time in Sydney: food, nightlife, art and much more – stuff you won’t find in any guidebook! With a maximum of 12 guests, you’ll be able to walk the streets in a small group so you’re not fighting to see, hear your guide or stay on the footpath. Note: This tour is not recommended for children under 12 as it involves 3 hours of stories about Sydney’s history and walking approx 4km.

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

2. 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 Hidden Gems Walking Tour

3. Sydney Hidden Gems Walking Tour

Discover Sydney's best kept secrets on our Hidden Gems Walking Tour. Starting at Customs House, we'll take you on a journey through the heart of the city, showcasing some of Sydney's most iconic landmarks and lesser-known gems. First, we'll take a stroll along Loftus Lane, where you'll discover charming colonial-style architecture and beautiful views of the harbour. From there, we'll make our way to Bridge Street, where you'll see historic buildings and architecture that are off the beaten path.Next, we'll head to Pitt Street, where you'll see the famous St. James Church and the historic Strand Arcade. We'll then take a stroll through Angel Place, a hidden laneway filled with street art and sculptures.We'll then make our way to Martin Place, where you'll see the famous General Post Office building and the historic Bank of New South Wales. From there, we'll head to Hyde Park, a beautiful green oasis in the heart of the city. Next, we'll make our way to Market Street, where you'll see the Queen Victoria Building, a stunning 19th century shopping arcade. We'll then head to Darling Harbour, where you'll see the Chinese Friendship Gardens and the stunning Chinese pagoda. Finally, we'll head to Chinatown, where you'll be able to smell some ideas for lunch. The tour will end nearby outside Covent Garden Hotel. Throughout the tour, you'll have the opportunity to take pictures and ask questions. Our knowledgeable guide will provide you with fascinating insights into the history, culture and architecture of Sydney. Don't miss this chance to discover the hidden gems of Sydney.

Sydney: First Discovery Walk and Reading Walking Tour

4. Sydney: First Discovery Walk and Reading Walking Tour

Walk through a beautiful route of the city, discover hidden gems and visit 10+ of the most important attractions and spots. Learn some introductory information about each place and interesting stories about the city in general. Download the ‘World City Trail ‘app from the store and login. Read the instructions and head to the starting location. Unlock photos of the exterior and the interior of the location. Read some information regarding the attraction and continue walking to the next checkpoint. Note what you liked and did not like and create your bucket list for the next days! Start your walk any time, without a schedule. Pause it for lunch, have a drink, visit an attraction of your choice, and continue later or even another day. With the maps feature, you will never get lost. Start your tour of the much-photographed Darling Harbour! Visit the magnificent St Andrew's Cathedral, while the Sydney Town Hall will give you a taste of life in the city centre. Take a photo of the Queen Victoria Building and step inside to be enchanted. Let yourself be lost in the beauty of St Mary's Cathedral with its unique landscape. Visit Queens Square with its great history. You will also pass by the Museum of Sydney with its unforgettable exhibits. Admire the iconic Customs House. The Sydney Opera House, with its unique acoustics and location, will enchant you and your camera! The icing on the cake of this unique experience will be the Sydney Harbor Bridge with its breathtaking view!

Sydney: Self-Guided Walking Tour with Audio Guide

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

Sydney: Highlight Attractions Guided Tour

8. Sydney: Highlight Attractions Guided Tour

Embark on an immersive private walking tour led by expert guides, and unravel Sydney's captivating narrative while exploring its iconic landmarks. Ideal for newcomers, locals, and those eager to delve deeper into Australian history, culture, and society. Receive rich insights into the city's past and present, including its profound connection with First Nations people. Start from Customs House, and delve into Sydney's colonial history, examining the impact of British colonization on the indigenous inhabitants. Your knowledgeable guide will offer diverse perspectives on Sydney's evolution, highlighting the roles of Aboriginal communities, British governors, convicts, entrepreneurs, and multicultural migrants. See some of the tops sights of Sydney through the eyes of a local guide and gain familiarity with the areas that interest you. Conclude your enlightening journey with a refreshing beer at a renowned brewery boasting panoramic views of the Sydney Harbour, Bridge, and Opera House. Over drinks, your host will share exclusive tips and recommendations to enhance your Sydney experience, offering insider insights beyond the pages of guidebooks. Hear about other fun things to do in the city during your visit.

Sydney: The Rocks Walking Tour

9. Sydney: The Rocks Walking Tour

Embark on an immersive private walking tour led by expert guides, unraveling Sydney's captivating narrative while exploring its iconic landmarks. Ideal for newcomers, locals, and those eager to delve deeper into Australian history, culture, and society, this experience promises rich insights into the city's past and present, including its profound connection with First Nations people. Starting from Customs House, delve into Sydney's colonial history, delving into the impact of British colonization on the indigenous inhabitants. Your knowledgeable guide will offer diverse perspectives on Sydney's evolution, highlighting the roles of Aboriginal communities, British governors, convicts, entrepreneurs, and multicultural migrants. Conclude your enlightening journey with a refreshing beer at a renowned brewery boasting panoramic views of the Sydney Harbour, Bridge, and Opera House. Over drinks, your host will share exclusive tips and recommendations to enhance your Sydney experience, offering insider insights beyond the pages of guidebooks.

Sydney Outdoor Escape Game: From Prison to Freedom Land

10. Sydney Outdoor Escape Game: From Prison to Freedom Land

Follow clues to uncover the history of Sydney and discover the inspiring stories of the people of The Rocks, the stunning views from Observatory Hill, and the ruins at Foundation Park. Get in the shoes of a former convict trying to make a new life for himself in 19th-century Australia, a land of wonders and new possibilities. Are you ready to discover Sydney’s secret? The app offers precise directions through the city. Play at your own pace. Feel free to pause and explore your surroundings whenever you wish. After you book the game, you’ll get an email with instructions on how to play. For larger groups, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to play the city game on their smartphone. Alternatively, each person can purchase their own voucher. You can play as a group and solve the clues together as you walk, or you can split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the others. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end.

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What people are saying about Customs House, Sydney

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4.9
(75 reviews)

Fantastic! Justin was amazing. The tour was well worth the money. So much great information about the history of the area. He took us through a great lunchtime eating area that was down a few steps from the street and through a narrow passage you would never think existed. The area was bustling with food vendors and busy professionals on their lunch looking for a quick bite. Book this tour. At the end of the tour, we sat together at a nice outdoor space to enjoy a drink, conversation and a beautiful view of Sydney harbor landmarks! You won't be disappointed.

Justin was excellent as our guide. We walked a good portion of the city and he showed the nooks and details we may have otherwise missed. He was fun and knowledgeable. Book at the front end of your vacation of available. So awesome.

Bec was fabulous! She told terrific stories, provided thoughtful and expert answers to questions and her passion for Sydney’s history made for an engaging 2.5 hours!

A great, small group tour. Visited places which demonstrated the history of Sydney and also its modern, real life side.

Michael, our guide, had a wealth of knowledge about Sydney and its history.