The first thing we did on our first trip to Sydney was take the Rocks Dreaming Aboriginal Tour. We'd seen a flyer for it that looked interesting, signed up that morning, and in a couple of hours began one of the most meaningful views of The Rocks area and Sydney Harbour.
It happened to be pouring rain so my husband, daughter, and I were the only ones on our guide Robert's tour. We popped our couple of umbrellas and proceeded on the most interesting and informative tour we've ever experienced. It seemed right that our first view of Sydney should be through the eyes of an Aboriginal person, and Robert was both personable and knowledgeable about his heritage but also how it evolved with the subsequent settlers; in other words, it was a complete view of Sydney's beginnings. He also showed us the nature between the various human-made structures, which is such a strong connection with the Aboriginal culture. From learning about safe trees to how to make soap from tree leaves, it was a rich and enjoyable experience that we all recommend.
As we continued visiting museums and exploring Sydney on our own, there would be echoes of Robert's stories in the facts we were reading. They are something we will never forget. This tour is a highlight of Sydney; it will give you a different, more complex view, and though I'm sure all the guides are good, I can't imagine there's a better one than Robert.
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