I'm Free - Free Walking Tours of Sydney Reviews
Brush up on your Sydney Trivia Jan 26, 2013
I have done the free Sandeman's walking tours in different cities across Europe and i was delighted to see that they have one in Sydney (not the same company though!). They start at 10.30 and 2.30 every day outside Town Hall on George Street (look for the guy in the green t-shirt). They last for three hours with a small break in the middle. The concept of the tour is that they are fundamentally free but the guides make a living based on tips. So you pay the guide what you think the tour was worth at the end. Sound fair? I think so! So please don't be one of those people who tags along to the tour and sneaks off mid-way so they don't have to give a tip. It can be as much or as little as you can afford!
You walk around the city stopping at important places where the guide explains the history of the colony, modern day affairs, information about architecture, while all the while making it fun and informative so as not to bore people.
For instance, the reason the Australian Coat of Arms has an Emu and a Kangaroo on it is because they believe these two animals are physically incapable of taking a single step backwards, so they incorporated this philosophy into the crest so that like these animals, they hope Australia can keep moving forward. Fascinating!
These is a small fountain beside the GPO where a scene in The Matrix was filmed. They tried to make Sydney look like downtown New York.
The old pub in The Rocks called The Hero of Waterloo used to give out free alcohol in the early days of the colony. In the mornings people would wake up after a night our drinking there and find themselves a slave on board a ship. They used to drug them and sell them onto ships. If you ask politely the pub owner might shop you the secret passage under the pub that leads to the port. The Rocks is the oldest part of Sydney, where all the original convicts lived and started lives for themselves.
We learned all of this and much more on the tour. It doesn't even feel like three hours because it's exciting and entertaining. The guide was really passionate.
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