The Rocks Pub Walking Tour

The Rocks Pub Walking Tour

2 hours 30 minutes The Rocks, Australia

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Drink In History and explore Sydney's most historic settlement on The Rocks Pub Walk. This 2.5 hour small group historical walking tour visits four of Sydney's oldest pubs, stopping for a drink of craft beer, wine or cider in each. Discover the myths, meet the legends of Sydney's oldest pubs!
Tread in the footsteps of the convicts, larrikin gangs and locals of the past as you share a drink in 4 of Sydney's oldest pubs. Between watering holes, your guide will take you through the alleys and cobbled streets of The Rocks, Sydney's historic area, as they share the gossip, shouts and stories of Australia's first European settlement.

Tour includes: A choice of a craft beer, wine or soft drink (285ml/10oz) at each pub and a 2.5 hour guided walking tour of The Rocks covering:
• Sydney's Oldest Pub
• The first drink in Australia
• Larrikin Gangs
• The 6 o'clock Swill
• Bubonic Plague Outbreak
• The Fight for The Rocks
• Haunted places
• ....and more


  • Beverages
  • Professional guide
  • Harts Pub 20% discount!
  • Entry/Admission - The Rocks


  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities

Departure Point

5 Essex St, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia

Return Details

The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel, 19 Kent St, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Minimum age is 18 years
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers


166 Reviews

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jllacy June 2021

What a fantastic Saturday afternoon with Robbie as our guide. We got to enjoy the pubs - the beer and also got to learn the backstories on these pubs. It was so relaxed and informative. Thank you Daves Tours & to Robbie for such a great outing.

monikaneilen June 2021

It really was a partly Historical tour. If you drove past you'd have missed out on knowing what we learnt. Including an Archeological Dig site! The Pubs visited were pretty great too!!

150charlieo May 2021

My brother Terence and I did the tour last night and Adam was out tour guide, he made the experience really fun and it was very informative. I've also done the Dave's tour in Newcastle which was also great it's a shame Dave's don't have a Hobart or Melbourne tour.

MarkPh1971 May 2021

I was in Sydney solo & went on this tour on a Saturday night with Robbie as our Guide. We were greeted and looked after so well. A nice mix of information throughout the tour on history of The Rocks, the pubs & beer. Friendly, relaxed atmosphere. A fun way to meet some nice people & share a night out if travelling solo.

NigelA523 April 2021

We went on the Rocks Pub Walking tour. It was great. We organised it short notice and they fitted us in. Robbie was a great host and very knowledgeable. The beers and food were great and we really enjoyed the whole experience.

janemA6333DX March 2021

We had a brilliant night, walking around The Rocks with our knowledgeable and friendly tour guide, Adam. If you like history, walking and a couple of drinks for good measure, then this is the tour for you. Adam entertained us with stories about each of the pubs we visited and the area in general. We also sampled some craft beers at each stop. It was well organised with tables reserved for us at each pub. Thanks Adam.

895campbellm December 2020

Robbie was/is a brilliant guide full of information and interesting anecdotes told in an entertaining way. The tour was extremely relaxed and as there were only 3 people on the tour, it felt like 4 mates heading around the Rocks enjoying each other's company.

Sydney_fan_123 December 2020

Not rushed and great hearing the history. Although I am from Sydney I thoughly enjoyed the Rocks history and pub tour and recommend.

RochelleVosges November 2020

Had an absolutely amazing time! It was just me, my significant other and our delightful tour guide Craig. He was just one in a million and each pub story he told us was so detailed and his enthusiasm and excitement is infectious and just rubs off on you! A wonderful way to not only experience a tour personalised to the poeple on it but an amazing way to uncover the history of Sydney and the Rocks!

jamesgQ2171GX October 2020

My wife and I were in Sydney for the first time. Decided on a pub tour to see some historic pubs and try a few beers. Adam our guide was fantastic, and was very knowledgeable about the pubs, beers and history of the area. The stories were fun, and the choice of pubs great. Highly recommended!

GlenysK5 October 2020

Our highly informative and entertaining tour guide, Col, took us on a fun afternoon of beer and history. We had an enjoyable time learning about the early days of Sydney and experiencing the area's historic sites. The atmosphere, stories and craft beers at the four iconic pubs were great, as was the walking part of the tour that included other historic sites of The Rocks area. Not a beer drinker myself, Col expertly steered me to ones that I thoroughly enjoyed. Would definitely recommend this tour.

859jodys August 2020

We had a fun and interesting afternoon on our Rocks pub walking tour. Craig our guide was enthusiastic, friendly and knowledgeable about the history, pubs and the beers. We went with our young adult sons and it was an enjoyable afternoon for all of us.

kim B June 2020

Dave's Rocks Pub Walking Tour is a fun filled and very interesting way to spend 2 and half hours. Our guide Dave (AKA Gregg) made it an interesting and light hearted walk and visit to four of the more historical pubs in the Rocks. The pubs have a few stories to tell and Gregg told these very convincingly. We learned a lot of things that we did not know about the pubs and The Rocks area in general. It really is a worth while tour and I would recommend it to everyone - even if you think you know the Rocks area. I purchased this for my husband's birthday last year and this was the first opportunity we had to use it due to the corona virus. I hope in the coming months the tour numbers pick up so that we can keep these tours going. It is well worth it. Thanks Gregg for the time you spent showing us around The Rocks.

Desiraprewitt April 2020

This is a walking pub tour thru the Rocks area of Sydney. We met Adam, our guide, and off we went. He was very knowledgable, funny and an excellent tour guide. We learned where to get Kangaroo Pizza, where to visit the rooftop bar on another day, and of course, the most iconic pubs around. We loved this tour and would recommend to anyone visiting.

A4wiseowl March 2020

Great information about the history and culture of the Rocks. We had a great time sampling different Australian beers.

Thomas_F February 2020

This walking tour is a great way to visit historic “The Rocks” Sydney neighborhood and enjoy craft beer at 4 pubs. Our guide Adam had a wealth of history about the Rocks as well as knowledge of the beer at each stop. If you don’t like beer, you can have a glass of wine instead

G8310ZNchristophes February 2020

As I was travelling alone, I thought I would give this a go. I actually know Sydney pretty well from previous visits but it was interesting to hear from “Dave” about how the city developed under colonial rule. Our guide (they are all called Dave for the purposes of the tour) is an ex-teacher and had a great way with everyone, making us feel at ease at all time. He gave us an insight into what it must have been like 250 years ago as the city began to develop. He even broke into song on a couple of occasions , much to everyone’s delight. The pubs we visited were friendly and the beers choices great. If you’re looking for a fun way to spend an evening down by the Harbour Bridge, then this is the perfect trip for you.

2015AjayAtreya February 2020

The trip is well planned and takes you through the lanes of the Rocks area - steeped in history. It makes for good information, interwoven with pit stops to sample varieties of brews across some of the oldest pubs in Sydney. An evening well spent!

Janet_L February 2020

This was a fun and informative tour with drinks!! Our guide Gaz was the best! He was funny, friendly and very knowledgable. There were just 5 of us on the tour so it was a nice small group. We learned a lot about the area and got to try some great local brews. I definitely would recommend this tour to anyone who enjoys a cold beer!

982erikah February 2020

I bought this as Xmas presents and we had a fun afternoon. We had GAZ as our guide and he took us locals to parts of the Rocks that we have never seen and heard the stories. We met a couple from Kentucky, so we introduced them well and truly to Aussie Pubs. We visited Harts, The Australian, Palisades and finished at The Lord Nelson. We had such fun we then went to Barrangaroo and kicked on with dinner. Would definitely recommend this tour, even if you are a local like us.

Getaway581847 February 2020

We did the rocks pub tour on our first full day in Sydney and it was just what we needed. Fun, entertaining and very informational. We were lucky enough to have some locals in our group and it turned out to be a great day. Thanks Gaz. TT and mimi.

Hermann_P February 2020

Great tour with our guide Gaz- he knows his Beer, his history, his pubs- Fantastic story teller- will definitely recommend!

Douglas_H February 2020

Good time had by me, wife & 30yr son. Col was genuinely enthusiastic & informative. His beer selects were right on.

hmazer728 February 2020

Great fun. Rob was very expressive and full of little known history of old Sydney. Some snacks at each pub would have been nice.
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