12. April 2014 · Write a comment · Categories: Reviews · Tags: ,
The boar with the luiky nose

The boar with the luiky nose

When we were down in Melbourne we did the ‘I’m Free’ city tour. Knowledgeable, friendly people in bright green t-shirts take you on a walking tour of the city for about 3 hours. There isn’t a fixed fee, and they’re not paid, but instead you pay them a tip of what you thought the tour was worth at the end.

The Melbourne tour was really very good, so we said that at some point we would try the Sydney equivalent and we got around to it back in January. Although we’d been here nearly a year by then we figured there were bound to be some things we hadn’t seen yet and we didn’t really know a lot about the city history, so it seemed like a good chance to find out.

We met our tour guide Dee outside Town Hall and spent some time working out what major attractions they were likely to take us too. We got most of it right, expect the tour missed out Darling Harbour, although it did get a mention. First up we heard about the history of Gorge Street and how it didn’t used to be so important, hence ending up with a cathedral you enter via the back door as it was built facing the main road at the time which then became disused. We headed up to the Queen Victoria Building after that where we discovered the statue of Queen Victoria’s dog which talks, and that the historic clocks inside have figurines inside which move on the hour including an hourly beheading of Charles I!

We discovered plenty of other places on our trip including the inside of Customs House, the First Fleet memorial, Australia Square and the Rum Hospital (with the lucky boar above), and learnt about some of the city history too which was good. Just like in Melbourne our guide was knowledgeable, friendly and enthusiastic. We also got a map which had a good list of attractions on it, including some more obscure ones which we will try and see this year – like Hyde Park Barracks, the Rocks Discovery Museum, the money museum and plenty more. Lots of these are free too which is great! 

I’d totally recommend the tour, if you’re new to Sydney and have a few hours to spare or you’ve been here a while and want to get to know it a bit better. 

Artistic bird cages (with sound)

Artistic bird cages (with sound)

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