Making an itinerary has truly been one of my favourite pre-travel activities, yet of course, there are times on where I just tell myself to wing it and let things happen–and my time in Sydney was one of those trips.
I have been wanting to join a free walking tour around the city for quite a long time back then, my main reason was that it fascinates me on how people do it for free, because honestly walking, explaining, and talking to the participants could be quite exhausting. With all those in mind, I joined I'm Free Tours Sydney's The Rocks Free Walking Tour that started at Cadman's Cottage at around 18:00.
The Rocks is indeed one historical place in Sydney or even in the whole of Australia, because before the nice museums, cafés, and restaurants, it was once a place where the Europeans first settled in the country. However, this basic fact was not the only reason why I picked that tour, it was also that the neighbourhood fascinated me and I wanted to know more about it.
To fuel your excitement on your next trip to Sydney, here are a few reasons why you should join the tour:
1. Witness some fascinating landmarks of the city
This old style urinal still functions and if I remember correctly this is the only one left in the city. So yes, this may be just one of the weird things that you will see during the walk and you'll learn some funny facts about it too!
If you're like me, I find pubs truly relaxing–the music is just in its right amount of noise, drinks are really good, and you'll find more interesting people in here! Through the help of this walk you'll get to map out your next activities for your next days in Sydney, plus, you'll get to learn more about the place's history, which could really be cool.
3. Appreciate some art pieces in Sydney
If you are one nitty gritty tour researcher like me, chances are you stumbled upon this urban art installation already. Jimmie Durham's "Still Life with Stone and Car" is just one of the interesting things to see in the city and with the walk you'll get to know more about the work as you witness it from this view.
4. Learn more about the current issues of the neighbourhood
The preservation of a city's old architecture has always been a problem to where I'm from and it is pretty surprising that The Rocks somehow has the same issues too. As you walk on the neighbourhood's streets you'll somehow be sad as you adore its architecture, especially its houses!
5. Spend a good sunset time at the Observatory Hill Park
The walk going here is lovely, you'll get to observe and watch the sunset with people of different nationalities as you realise that travelling alone is also good with newfound friends after all.
BONUS: Tour guides are incredible!
They know a lot about the city, of course, plus they're truly friendly and accommodating!
The free walking tour starts at 18:00 or 6:00 p.m. and could last for one and a half or two hours and also happens daily except for Christmas Day and New Year's Eve. They're pretty easy to find as well, besides the Cadman's Cottage landmark, the tour guides also wear the iconic green "I'm Free" t-shirt.