Within the heart of Sydney, near Circular Quay Wharf and under the watchful eye of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, lies the historic centre of Sydney: the Rocks.
One of the most pleasing aspects of taking a stroll through Sydney's past is slipping through the twisting turns of the tight alleys. While this might be aesthetically pleasing, it can be an intimidating prospect for someone not confident in their knowledge of Sydney's streets.
There are a variety of ways to take an informed walk through the area. The Rocks Walking Tours offer daily tours throughout the area, offering tour-goers an account of the arrival of the FIrst Fleet and a snapshot of the lives of the convicts who once walked the sandstone and cobbled streets of the Rocks.
These tours depart from 23 Playfair Street and run for 1.5 hours. For adults, the Rocks Walking Tours will set you back $30, although concession and family tickets are available.
For something a bit different, you might consider taking a Ghost Tour of the Rocks. These tours seek to highlight the more grisly underbelly of the Rocks for the entertainment of their tour-takers. The Dark North Side tour, for example, will take you to such landmarks as the "Dead House."
Such ghost tours run every evening of the week for two hours, at a cost of $39 per adult. Children and teens aged between 13 and 17 may attend the adult tours at a rate of $30 per person.
Alternatively, for $10, you can download an audio accompaniment to your walk. This way, you can guide yourself through the major points of interest.