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About Cadmans Cottage

Constructed in 1816, Cadmans Cottage stands as a rare relic of Sydney's early days, surviving among a select few buildings from the colony's initial three decades. Crafted from sandstone, this historic cottage served various purposes, transitioning from a water transport hub to a sailors' residence and later a water police station. Originally situated by the water's edge, the evolution of Circular Quay has since shifted the harbor approximately 100 meters away from its original location.

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  • Rare 1816 gem with diverse history
  • Multifaceted roles in Sydney's past
  • Shifted by Circular Quay's evolution

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Free to visit (no entry or museum on site)

Behind the International Cruise terminal at Circular Quay

Address: 110 George St, The Rocks NSW 2000

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The opening hours of Cadmans Cottage can be erratic and inconsistent with listings online – it is best to incorporate your visit into a broader tour of the area, just in case.

Located on the western side of Circular Quay, Cadmans Cottage has the distinction of being the oldest surviving residential building in Sydney, and the city’s third oldest building of any kind. It was built in 1816, less than thirty years after the arrival of the original colonist party in 1788. These early settlers relied on the efficient organisation of the harbour for their survival, and it was the job of the government coxswain to oversee the collection and distribution of the produce coming in on the government boats. This man and his crew needed quarters from which to operate and live, and it was to satisfy this need that Cadmans Cottage was built.

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The place is named after John Cadman, who was coxswain here for 18 years. He had arrived in Australia at the age of 25 in 1797, convicted of stealing a horse. It took another 24 years for Governor Macquarie to finally pardon him, and six years after that he landed the job of government coxswain.

Receding Tides

Things have changed quite a bit since John’s day. When he and his family occupied the cottage, the tide used to come to within three metres of the outer walls. Now, however, the reclamation of land during the building of Circular Quay means that the water is now almost a hundred metres distant. In 1976 custody of the building was passed to the National Parks and Wildlife Service, and after a thorough renovation it was reopened as a kind of mini-museum. There is not a huge amount to see here, and the real merit of the building lies in its historic importance to Sydney.

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Cadmans Cottage Historic Site was created in April 1972. It covers an area of 0.1ha. View the detailed park and fire management documents .

Built in 1816, Cadmans Cottage is one of only a handful of Sydney buildings that remain from the first 30 years of the colony. Over the years this sandstone cottage has been a water transport headquarters, a sailors' home and a water police station, among other things. It used to be beside the water, but since the construction of Circular Quay the harbour has 'moved' 100 metres away.

Cadmans Cottage Historic Site is leased to Place Management NSW (its trading name is  Placemaking NSW ). It is the NSW Government owner and manager of the neighbouring heritage buildings at The Rocks.

Place Management NSW will ensure that the use of Cadmans Cottage is consistent with the objectives of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 and Cadmans Cottage Historic Site Conservation Management Plan.

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Built in 1816 for Superintendent of Government Boats John Cadman (a former convict with a commuted death sentence for horse theft), this is the inner city's oldest house. Sydney Water Police detained criminals here in the 1840s; it later became a home for retired sea captains. The interior isn't accessible except by half-hour tours that run at 9.45am on the first and third Sundays of the month.

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Built in 1816, Cadmans Cottage is one of only a handful of Sydney buildings that remain from the first 30 years of the colony. Over the years this sandstone cottage has been a water transport headquarters, a sailors’ home and a water police station, among other things. It used to be beside the water, but since the construction of Circular Quay the harbour has ‘moved’ 100 metres away.

From March 2013 the booking and information centre at Cadmans Cottage will not be available.

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Sydney’s Spooky Past

Discover the haunting charm of Sydney, Australia

Welcome to Sydney, a city known for its stunning landscapes, vibrant culture, and rich history. But behind its glamorous façade lies a lesser-known, darker side—a tapestry woven with tales of the paranormal, mysteries that linger in the shadows, and eerie occurrences that defy explanation. Many travellers opt for popular day trips from Sydney , but follow these lanes, historic houses and parks to learn about Sydney’s spooky past .

Cadmans Cottage

Cadman’s Cottage, nestled by the Sydney Harbour in Australia, holds a fascinating history steeped in eerie tales of ghosts. This heritage-listed sandstone cottage dates back to the early 19th century and was once home to a convict-turned-government coxswain, John Cadman. However, it’s rumoured that Cadman himself might still linger within its walls, his spectral presence occasionally felt by visitors and passers-by.

The ghostly lore surrounding Cadman’s Cottage revolves around sightings of a man believed to be Cadman, pacing the grounds or glimpsed through windows, a restless figure perpetually tied to his former residence. Some claim to have heard phantom footsteps or witnessed objects moving inexplicably, adding to the mysterious aura enveloping the cottage.

This ghostly reputation has made Cadman’s Cottage a site of interest for paranormal enthusiasts and history buffs alike. Whether these occurrences stem from imagination, historical echoes, or something beyond explanation, the stories persist, adding an extra layer of intrigue to the already rich tapestry of Sydney’s historical landscape.

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Kendall Lane

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Kendall Lane is another classic example of Sydney’s spooky past, situated in The Rocks area of Sydney, boasting a haunting history intertwined with tales of spectral occurrences. This historic laneway, lined with cobblestones and old buildings dating back to Sydney’s colonial era, holds a reputation for ghostly sightings and eerie experiences.

Legends suggest that Kendall Lane is haunted by the spirits of sailors, convicts, and other individuals from Sydney’s past. Visitors and locals have reported encountering shadowy figures, hearing inexplicable whispers or footsteps, and sensing a palpable sense of unease while wandering its atmospheric alleys.

Some attribute these eerie phenomena to the area’s tumultuous history, including its association with convicts, and seafarers, and the harsh conditions of early colonial life. The tales of ghostly apparitions and unexplained occurrences contribute to the lane’s mystique, drawing curiosity from those interested in the supernatural or historical enigmas.

While sceptics may dismiss these stories as mere folklore, the spectral reputation of Kendall Lane persists, adding a spine-tingling layer to Sydney’s vibrant history and captivating the imaginations of those intrigued by the mysteries of the past.

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Foundation Park

Foundation Park in Sydney holds a haunting history veiled in mystery and spectral tales. Legends whisper of spectral apparitions that drift amid the park’s serene beauty. Once the site of an ancient burial ground, it became a place of solace for the departed, housing forgotten souls and their lingering energies.

Local folklore weaves stories of ethereal figures wandering the park’s pathways, remnants of the souls who found their final resting place disrupted by urban development. Visitors have reported eerie sensations, unexplained noises, and inexplicable glimpses of shadowy figures moving among the trees. Some claim to have encountered phantoms from bygone eras, their presence leaving an unsettling chill in the air.

Despite attempts to explain away these occurrences as mere figments of imagination, the tales persist, etching a spectral legacy into Foundation Park’s history, captivating the curious and daring to explore the park’s haunted past.

The Rocks in Sydney is steeped in a spectral tapestry, with a ghostly history that mirrors the city’s colonial past. Once a bustling area with a tumultuous past of convicts, settlers, and sailors, its cobblestone streets harbour whispers of the supernatural.

Legends tell of spectral forms lingering in the shadows, remnants of convicts and settlers from centuries ago. The spirits of former residents are said to roam the alleyways and historic buildings, their presence felt by those attuned to the paranormal. Mysterious footsteps echo in empty corridors, and inexplicable cold drafts raise hairs on the necks of the unwary.

Sydney’s oldest pubs, such as The Hero of Waterloo, boast spectral patrons who seem to have never left. Visitors and staff recount encounters with ghostly figures, attributing strange occurrences to these lingering souls. From tales of a lady in white to stories of shadowy figures that vanish into thin air, The Rocks exude an eerie charm that captivates both locals and visitors, beckoning them to explore its haunted history.

Orient Hotel

The Orient Hotel in Sydney has a long-standing reputation for spectral encounters, entwining its rich history with ghostly tales. Nestled in The Rocks, this iconic establishment carries a legacy of paranormal occurrences that captivate guests and staff.

Among the tales, the ghostly presence of a sailor is often recounted, believed to be the spirit of a seafarer who met an untimely end in the hotel. Patrons and employees have reported mysterious footsteps, doors opening and closing on their own, and eerie whispers in empty rooms.

The hotel’s history intertwines with stories of tragic events, from sailors meeting their demise to unexplained accidents, contributing to the atmosphere inviting supernatural energies. Despite efforts to dismiss these encounters, the allure of the Orient Hotel’s haunted reputation persists, drawing in curious visitors eager to catch a glimpse of its spectral inhabitants.

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Greenway Lane

Greenway Lane in Sydney has a long history steeped in ghostly tales and urban legends. Dating back to the early 19th century, this narrow cobblestone alleyway was witness to various tragic events, fostering an eerie reputation that persists to this day.

Legend has it that during the convict era, Greenway Lane served as a clandestine meeting point for smugglers and shady dealings. Stories abound of ghostly apparitions haunting the alley, purportedly the spirits of convicts who met their untimely demise due to illicit activities gone awry—some claim to have heard disembodied whispers or witnessed inexplicable shadows darting among the cobblestones.

Among the most infamous tales is that of the Lady in White , a spectral figure often sighted drifting through the misty depths of the lane. Locals and visitors alike recount encounters with this mysterious apparition, attributing her presence to a tragic love story that ended in heartbreak and loss.

Over the years, residents and historians have debated the authenticity of these ghostly accounts, yet the allure of Greenway Lane’s haunted reputation persists, drawing thrill-seekers and curious individuals fascinated by the spectral lore that shrouds this historic passage in Sydney.

Nurses Walk

Nurses Walk in Sydney has strong links to Sydney’s spooky past. The haunting history is shrouded in tales of ghostly apparitions and eerie encounters. Dating back to the early 1800s, this historic laneway was once a site where nurses from the nearby hospital walked to and from work. Stories tell of spectral figures clad in old-fashioned nurse uniforms seen gliding along the cobblestone path, their presence leaving an uncanny chill in the air.

Legends suggest that the ghosts of these dedicated nurses, who cared for patients during times of epidemic and tragedy, continue to linger along the walkway. Some visitors claim to have heard soft whispers or felt an unexplained sense of comfort or unease while passing through. Whether it’s residual energy from the nurses’ compassionate service or simply the atmosphere of the historic setting, the ghostly tales of Nurses Walk persist, captivating locals and tourists alike with their haunting charm.

Ghost history in Sydney, Australia

Observatory Hill

Observatory Hill in Sydney has a rich and intriguing ghost history steeped in the city’s past. Originally known as ‘Windmill Hill,’ it was a significant site for the indigenous Gadigal people. The area gained prominence with the construction of the Sydney Observatory in the 19th century. The observatory, once a scientific hub, is rumoured to have its share of ghostly tales.

Legends speak of eerie sightings and spectral encounters around the Observatory Hill. Some stories revolve around the tragic deaths of workers during the construction of the observatory, leading to ghostly apparitions and unexplained phenomena. Visitors and locals have reported witnessing strange lights, hearing unexplained noises, and encountering apparitions roaming the grounds.

One of the well-known ghostly figures believed to haunt the area is that of a former observatory worker who met a tragic end during its construction. His spirit is said to linger around the premises, occasionally appearing to passersby in old-fashioned attire before vanishing into thin air.

Moreover, the historical significance of Observatory Hill itself, including its use as a site for executions in the early colonial period, adds to the eerie atmosphere and ghostly legends associated with this place. Whether fueled by imagination or based on real experiences, the tales of haunting and spectral occurrences continue to fascinate those intrigued by the supernatural in Sydney’s Observatory Hill.

Hope you had a great reading of Sydney’s spooky past. Sydney’s journey encapsulates the complexities of societal progress, grappling with challenges while embracing diversity and inclusivity. The metropolis has blossomed into a global beacon of art, culture, and commerce, fostering a unique identity shaped by its rich heritage and forward-looking ethos. Book a Sydney private tour with a knowledgeable guide to explore Sydney’s spooky past.  

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The Rocks Free Walking Tour

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Join us on this Rocks Free Tour and we’ll delve into the history of The Rocks, the site of Australia’s first European settlement. We’ll explore its lane ways, pubs, and historical buildings and share with you its stories of murders, muggings and mysteries.

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– The Rocks’ Laneways – Historic Pubs and Breweries – Australia’s Largest Bank Robbery – The First Hanging in Sydney – Convicts, Sailors and Rocks’ Characters – Murders and Mysteries – Sydney City’s Oldest House – Observatory Hill – Foundation Park – The Rocks Today – Susannah Place – The Plague in Sydney – The Big Dig archaeological site

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We will share with you the unique and quirky stories of our city as well as the history behind our main attractions.

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Yes, we require bookings so that we can manage numbers and guide availability.

Nope. Not due to weather, we walk rain, hail or shine!

We do however, take the current health situation very seriously. In the unlikely event that your guide is at all unwell before the tour and we can’t replace the guide at short notice we may have reschedule. Equally if you’re not feeling well please let us know and we’ll be happy to reschedule your booking to another time when you’re feeling 100%.

‘The Rocks at 6pm’ tour ends in the Rocks no more than a 5 minute walk from where we started and your guide will be happy to point you in the right direction to where you need to go.

Unfortunately, no. Our free tours are designed for individuals and small groups. Instead we can organise a private tour for you, so fill in the form on the private tour page and we can organise something for you.

Please don’t book as multiple smaller groups as we will have to turn you away on the day.

Unfortunately not. Our free tours are designed for independent individuals and small groups. Instead we can organise a private tour for you, so fill in the form on the private tour page and we can organise something for you.

The Rocks at 6pm tour starts from the waterside of Cadmans Cottage in the Rocks, between the Overseas Passenger Terminal and the Museum of Contemporary Art. It is also a 5 minute walk from Circular quay train station west along the water front.   Click here for Google Maps directions.

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Unfortunately due to the historical nature of the Rocks district ‘The Rocks’ tour is not accessible for wheelchairs. We have had plenty of prams join us on the Rocks tour. If you’re happy to carry the pram up a few flights of stairs it is very manageable.

It is a walking tour. This tour is only 2-2.5km (1.2-1.5 miles) in total. Due to the historic nature of The Rocks precinct it does have some stairs and up hills at points. However we walk at a leisurely pace, stopping to speak at regular intervals along the way.

Our tours are designed to be suitable for people of all ages. Over the years we have toured a wide variety of audiences of all ages and backgrounds including many families and children.

At the moment we only offer tours in English.

It can be tricky to find the group once they are under way.

That said we give 5 minutes for people to turn up late and then are at the start point for a few minutes after that.

From there we walk to George St and head a little south (left) before heading west through the Suez canal to Harrington St and north (right) to Argyle St. We then head west (left) along Argyle St to Cambridge St (pedestrianised) where we head south (left) to Susannah Place.

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This is the area known as The Rocks. It's not large, but it makes for an easy and fascinating walk due to the history entwined in the streets, laneways and passageways.                                                             Picture: ©nzgmw/123RF.COM

Take a self-guided walk through the historic area known as The Rocks

This walk explores The Rocks, the oldest part of Sydney situated on the western shores of Sydney Cove, an area steeped in history. The Rocks was the first European settlement in Australia, established by Captain Arthur Phillip of England in 1788 as a penal colony. The original buildings were built using blocks of local sandstone – hence the name “The Rocks.” To make the most of your walk, you should allow at least half a day, although the walk can be done in much quicker time. If you want to continue on to the steps that lead up to the pedestrian walkway on the harbour bridge, and then leisurely walk across the Harbour Bridge and return by ferry, allow a full day. The harbour bridge part of the walk involves steep areas and steps, so if you have a mobility problem you might prefer to end your walk in The Rocks.

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START AT CIRCULAR QUAY , in Alfred Street, and walk west to George Street. Turn right and you will see the Harbour Bridge in the distance. You are now in The Rocks district.

Continue along George Street and almost immediately on the left is the Russell Hotel. Although now a boutique hotel, it was built in 1887 on the site of what was once a "Moveable Hospital for His Majesty's Distant Possessions" (circa 1790).

Walk on and you'll come to the Fortune of War, which lay claims to the title of Sydney's oldest pub (circa 1828). (Of course the nearby Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel, in Millers Point) also claims to be the oldest licensed hotel in Sydney.

The Fortune of War sits alongside a former bank, which dates back to the early 1880s, and just two doors from Australia's oldest police station, the original Rocks Police Station, which closed in 1974 and is now a museum. (A new police station is situated almost opposite.) You can inspect the cells of the old lock-up, which are much the same as when they were built in 1882.

Next to the historic police station building is an archway that leads to Surgeons Court, the site of where the First Fleet set up its portable hospital. This archway is a portal to an adventurous series of lanes and passageways that make up Nurses Walk.

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Contender for the crown of Australia's oldest hotel, the Fortune of War.

Next to the police station is an archway that leads to Surgeons Court, the site of where the First Fleet set up its portable hospital. This archway is a portal to an adventurous series of lanes and passageways that make up Nurses Walk. The walkway was created in 1979 to honour the nurses who worked in the hospitals set up in The Rocks in the late 18th century and early 19th century. The site of the colony's first bakehouse can be found here. Small shops and cafes are scattered along the walk.

Nurses Walk runs into Suez Canal, a narrow passageway originally known as Cornwall Lane but which at one point was an open sewer. Understandably, it drew the nickname "Sewers Canal". It was later filled in but for most of the 18th century was the haunt of prostitues and gangsters.

There are some delightful cafes in this vicinity - some of them with outdoor courtyards - accessed by openings off the passageways.

Walk to the end of Suez Canal and, turning right into Harrington Street, you wil notice a series of small cottages built by the former convict William Reynolds in the 1830s. Reynolds was transported for life to Australia from Dublin. The cottages are a great example of the small dwellings of the time.

Turn right into Argyle Street and walk down to George Street. Diagonally opposite the intersection of George and Argyle Streets, at 110 George Street, is Cadmans Cottage, the oldest surviving residential building in Sydney - built in 1816 for the use of coxswains and their crews.

The building is the first to have been built on the shoreline of The Rocks.

From 1845 until 1864, Cadmans Cottage was the headquarters of the Sydney Water Police, then from 1865 to 1970 it became the "Sailor's Hom".

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Cadmans Cottage, built in 1816, is the oldest surviving residential building in Sydney.                                                Picture: Julioenrekei, Wikimedia Commons

Restoration of Cadmans Cottage began in 1972 after it was proclaimed a heritage site under the National Parks and Wildlife Act. Control of the site was handed over to the Sydney Cove Redevelopment Authority.

The building is now used as the home for the Sydney Harbour National Parks Information Centre and is open to the public.

After leaving Cadmans Cottage, walk back the way you came and into Argyle Street. After a short walk, on the right you come to Playfair Street, a walkway with an interesting mix of shops, cafes, businesses and former warehouses. On Saturdays and Sundays, between 10am and 5pm, it hosts The Rocks Market. On Fridays, between 9am and 3pm, it hosts The Rocks Friday Foodie Market.

On the left, at Nos. 13-15 Playfair Street, is the "Argyle Terrace", which were built in 1875. The terrace is listed with the NSW government as having "state significance" due to the the style of the buildings and how they were constructed. The terrace is one of the only grouping of modest, speculative type terraces with Italianate details remaining in The Rocks area.

If you look closely you will notice that one of the doorways in the row of terraces provides access to a narrow passgeway. Walk through there and you will be surprised when you discover Foundation Park , a secret area that most Sydneysiders don't know about.

There are lots of passageways in this area to explore from here including Mill Lane on the right and, at the end of Playfair Street, Sydney's tiniest street, Atherden Street, which is 28 metres long and juts up to a sandstone rockface.

Playfair's Terrace, at 1-7 Atherden Street, is a continuous row of four two-storey Victorian terraces built in 1881 and is one of the historic focal points of Atherden Street, Sydney's shortest Street.        pictures - Wikimedia Commons: (left) Jerrye and Roy Klotz MD, (right) sv1ambo.

Despite Boyd's profiteering from the slaughter of whales, a NSW government named a national park in honour of him. The park's name remains, even though the NSW government promotes tourism through whale watching.

Leaving Atherden Street, backtrack into Playfair Street and turn right just before Argyle Terrace. You are now entering an area that has rough surfaces and quite a few steps. A passageway takes you through to Foundation Park, one of The Rocks' - and Sydney's - hidden architectural curiosities. Foundation Park is a cluster of housing ruins dating back to the late 1800s. The eight houses that were erected here were built into a sandstone cliff between 1874 and 1878. The site is perched on a hill and you can see how the houses were cut into rockfaces. The houses were knocked down in 1938, leaving the foundations. The Rocks is some of Sydney's most valuable commercial land, yet this curiosity of history remains to this day.

At the top of Foundation Park's steps, turn left into Gloucester Walk and continue to the end of the walk where you come to the Argyle Stairs. Later, you can return here and go up the stairs into Cumberland Street to get to the Sydney Harbour Bridge. But for now, go down the stairs and you exit into Argyle Street. Turn right and you are facing the "Argyle Cut", an historic tunnel cut through huge sandstone cliffs that enclosed The Rocks. The "Cut", which now serves as an underpass beneath the harbour bridge expressway, was originally created to provide access from Sydney Cove and The Rocks to Millers Point and Darling Harbour. It was begun in 1843 with convicts chipping away at the sandstone with picks but the work was suspended soon after due to the enormity of the task. In 1859 it was resumed, but this time with the use of explosives and council labour.

If you go through the Argyle Cut and walk a further 70 metres, you will notice parkland on your left with stairs that lead up to the grounds of the Sydney Observatory. If you make your way up to the top of the hill you will experience glorious views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the point where the Paramatta River flows into Sydney Harbour. There are beautiful shade trees here and you can sit on the lawn and enjoy the views. This spot is so scenic that it is constantly in demand for wedding ceremonies, so with a little luck you may catch a wedding during your visit.

Leaving Observatory Hill and backtracking through the Argyle Cut tunnel, and back to the Argyle Stairs, you now have a choice:

1. You can remain in The Rocks area Finish your walk with a visit to the Susannah Place Museum. To do so, continue down Arygle Street and turn right Harrington Street. Walk about 150 metres until you come to a sign on your right pointing to Susannah Place Museum ;

2. You can walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge To do this, go up the Argyle Stairs, turn left into Cumberland Street and walk across the road to the Bridge Stairs. These stairs will take you up to the pedestrian-only walkway that runs across the eastern side of the Sydney Harbour Bridge (there is a cycleway on the western side of the bridge).

Once on the walkway, you soon come to the pylons that support the bridge's 504-metre arch. The south-east pylon has a lookout, where for a small admission fee you can experience great views of the Opera House, city skyline and Sydney Harbour.

The walk across the bridge should take from 15 to 30 minutes, depending on how many times you stop to admire the harbour and take photos. The pedestrian walkway also offers some great views of Circular Quay and the Opera House.

Once you've walked across the bridge, you can walk back and catch different views along the way or you can walk a further distance to where steps will take you down off the bridge. Once off the bridge, you have the option of walking to the nearby Milsons Point railway station and catching a train to the Quay, or else walking down the hill to the Milsons Point ferry wharf and catching a ferry to the Quay.

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Cadmans Cottage: A History of Sydney’s First Home

Cadmans Cottage is a historic building in Sydney, Australia. It is the oldest surviving residential building in the city, and one of the oldest in the country. Built in 1816, it has seen a lot of history over the years, from being a home for government coxswains to a water police station.

The cottage is located in The Rocks, a historic district in Sydney’s central business district. It is a two-storey sandstone building with a simple Georgian design. The cottage is open to the public, and it is a popular tourist destination.

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History of cadmans cottage, the construction of cadmans cottage.

Cadmans Cottage was built in 1816 by Francis Greenway, a convict architect who was also responsible for designing other notable buildings in Sydney, such as the Hyde Park Barracks and the Government House. The cottage was built on the shoreline of Sydney Cove, and it was originally a simple two-storey sandstone building with a Georgian design.

The Role of the Coxswains

The coxswains were responsible for the operation of the government’s boats, which were used for a variety of purposes, such as transporting government officials, ferrying passengers, and patrolling the harbour. The coxswains were an important part of the early development of Sydney, and they played a key role in the colony’s maritime trade.

The Renaming of Cadmans Cottage

In 1827, the cottage was renamed Cadmans Cottage after John Cadman, the fourth government coxswain. Cadman was a former convict who had risen to a position of prominence in the colony. He was a skilled navigator and sailor, and he was also a respected member of the community. Cadman lived in the cottage with his family until his death in 1845.

The Later Uses of Cadmans Cottage

After Cadman’s death, the cottage was used for a variety of purposes. It was used as a sailor’s home, a water police station, and an office for the Harbour Master. In the early 20th century, the cottage was restored and opened to the public as a museum.

The National Heritage Listing of Cadmans Cottage

Cadmans Cottage is listed on the New South Wales State Heritage Register and the Australian National Heritage List. This means that the cottage is recognized as being of national significance, and it is protected from demolition or alteration.

Interesting Facts About Cadmans Cottage

  • The cottage was built on the site of a former Aboriginal camp. The Aboriginal people who lived in the area before the arrival of the Europeans called it Cadman’s Point, and it is believed that the cottage was built on the site of their camp.
  • The cottage was originally surrounded by a garden, which is now a public park. The garden was planted by the coxswains and their families, and it included a variety of plants, such as vegetables, fruits, and flowers. The garden is now a public park called Cadmans Cottage Reserve.
  • The cottage was used as a headquarters for the water police during the 19th century. The water police were responsible for patrolling the harbour and preventing crime. The cottage was a convenient location for the water police headquarters, as it was located close to the water.
  • The cottage was restored in the early 20th century by the National Trust of Australia . The National Trust is a non-profit organisation that preserves historic buildings and landscapes. The Trust restored Cadmans Cottage to its original condition, and it opened the cottage to the public as a museum in 1916.
  • Cadmans Cottage is a popular filming location. The cottage has been featured in films such as “Australia” and “The Great Gatsby.” The cottage’s Georgian architecture and its location on the shores of Sydney Cove make it a popular choice for filmmakers.

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However, even if the property you want to buy isn’t a historical site, certain lenders will not accept certain properties and locations. An experienced mortgage broker can help you build a strong case with the right lender.

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What is cadmans cottage.

Cadmans Cottage is the oldest surviving residential building in Sydney, Australia. It was built in 1816 and is located in The Rocks, a historic district in Sydney’s central business district.

What can I see at Cadmans Cottage?

Cadmans Cottage is a two-storey sandstone building with a simple Georgian design. The cottage is open to the public, and it is a popular tourist destination.

Inside the cottage, you can see exhibits on the history of the cottage and the early development of Sydney. There are also exhibits on the life of John Cadman and the role of the coxswains in the colony.

Are there any guided tours available at Cadmans Cottage?

Yes, there are guided tours available at Cadmans Cottage. The tours are conducted by trained guides who can tell you more about the history of the cottage and the early development of Sydney.

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Visiting Russia is like flashing back in old times – the times of Tsars and Tsarinas, Peter the Great, Lenin, Communists and Stalin.

On our Food Tour you’ll see all  the most historical areas of Moscow , and try  Russian pelmeni, Ukranian borsch, Georgian Khachapuri , as well traditional hospitality, coziest and amazingly beautiful interior.

All food is included!

We can add/drop some places to make it more/less historical, cultural or foodie.

We can include food markets and street food.

The price and menu for this tour varies depending on number of people, season and duration of the tour. All tours are always customized to make you happy. You are welcome to pay $20 per extra person in cash on the tour (starting from 2nd traveler).

The menu for our food tour is pre-set, but you can buy something extra in cafes, if you wish. 

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We’ll start with historical downtown and walk around Kuznetsk Bridge, Petrovka street, Kamergersky lane, Stoleshnikov lane and Mokhovaya street. Expect architecture from different epochs, monuments to Russian leaders, Moscow Mayor’s house and Russian state library – the biggest in Europe.

Lunch at Korchma, Ukranian traditional restaurant

Korchma is famous for its great atmosphere, interior and food. Best Russian and Ukranian traditions in one place! Our lunch will include:

  • Lean sorrel borsch
  • Podolsky Salad,  incredibly juicy and crispy salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, radishes, cauliflower, carrots and greens;
  • Zrazy with mushrooms and spinach
  • Chicken soup with noodles
  • Spring salad with cucumbers, radish, eggs, green onions, lettuce and mayonnaise
  • Chicken schnitzel with stewed cabbage

Walk around Kitay Gorod, Bolshoi Theater, historical streets of Moscow.

2 options for snack: either Georgian or Siberian cuisine

1. Tbilisi snack in traditional Georgian restaurant (choose  one)

  • Khachapuri with compote (Russian sweet drink from berries), or
  • Porridge with persimmon, or
  • Chirbuli – fried eggs with saffron, or
  • Tkvila chakhokbila – fried eggs with tomatoes, or
  • Borano – omelette with Imerulo cheese, or
  • Curd rissoles with greens, or
  • Home-style matsoni yogurt with honey or jam, or
  • Penovani – cheese puff pastry, or
  • Sinori – fried pastry rolls with tvorog (cottage cheese) filling, or
  • Churchkhela – Georgian nuts dipped in thickened grape juice, or
  • Pumpkin cake with orange juice, or
  • Baklava, an Eastern sweet made form puff pastry, honey and walnuts, or
  • Medovik – classic honey cake with smetana cream.

2. Snack in Altai restaurant, Siberian cuisine with old Russian traditions in historical Zamokvorechye area (choose one)

  • Atlantic herring fillet, onion rings with roasted potatoes on the coals, fennel and amber vegetable butter, or
  • Julienne chicken – sliced ​​chicken with fried mushrooms and onions cooked in cream with cheese crust, or
  • Traditional Russian pancakes with the main ingredient of your choice – rustic sour cream, homemade jam, Altai honey, or
  • 3 kinds of little pies: 1. with sauerkraut, carrot, salt, pepper, eggs; 2. with potatoes and mushrooms; 3. with potatoes, onions, mushrooms, mushrooms, salt, pepper, eggs, or
  • Sausage-roll with beef, pork, onion, butter, salt, pepper, eggs, or
  • Vinaigrette – classic Russian salad with boiled potatoes, carrots, beets, sauerkraut, cucumbers, beans flavored with fragrant herbs and butter, or
  • Deer milk – two kinds of rep milk caramel crust.

Walk along Tverskaya, the main street of Moscow.

Walk around zamoskvorechye area, the most beautiful and ancient district of moscow., fun time in gorky park.

  • The most popular place among locals, absolute must do when in Moscow. Sitting on a bench on fresh air in front of fountains and sipping traditional Russian tea, or having a yummy ice-cream, specialty of Gorky Park – whatever you prefer.
  • Your guide will leave you in Gorky Park after the tour so that you take your time and discover the park, as it’s huge. From there you can head to Neskuchny Sad (Not boring Garden) and Sparrow Hills, as they are now part of Gorky Park.
  • You can just as well take a night river cruise from Gorky Park or Sparrow Hills – it would be a perfect end of the day

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  • + A photo session amongst spectacular Moscow scenery that can be treasured for a lifetime.
  • + Good value for souvenirs, taxis, and hotels.
  • + Expert advice on what to do, where to go, and how to make the most of your time in Moscow.

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  1. Cadmans Cottage Tours, Sydney

    Constructed in 1816, Cadmans Cottage stands as a rare relic of Sydney's early days, surviving among a select few buildings from the colony's initial three decades. Crafted from sandstone, this historic cottage served various purposes, transitioning from a water transport hub to a sailors' residence and later a water police station. Originally situated by the water's edge, the evolution of ...

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    Walking tours of the historic Sydney Rocks area always stop at Cadman's Cottage. It also features on ghost tours as it is said to be haunted. One of the oldest parts of Sydney, the Rocks has more than 100 heritage sites but Cadman Cottage is the oldest residence.

  3. Cadman's Cottage, Sydney

    Your tour group is limited to a maximum of 20 participants and you'll walk at a leisurely pace along a 2-kilometer route. Tour highlights include: • The shoreline of sparkling Sydney Cove • Views of the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge • Cadman's Cottage, Sydney's oldest surviving cottage, built in 1816 • Campbell's Cove ...

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  5. Cadman's Cottage Tours

    The opening hours of Cadmans Cottage can be erratic and inconsistent with listings online - it is best to incorporate your visit into a broader tour of the area, just in case. Located on the western side of Circular Quay, Cadmans Cottage has the distinction of being the oldest surviving residential building in Sydney, and the city's third ...

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    History buffs are sure to love a visit to Cadman's Cottage. There's a lot to learn from this fascinating building. Cadman's Cottage is an ideal place kick off your day in The Rocks. This historic landmark is recommended by fellow travelers, but it isn't the only thing to do here.

  7. Cadmans Cottage Historic Site

    Cadmans Cottage Historic Site was created in April 1972. It covers an area of 0.1ha. View the detailed park and fire management documents. Built in 1816, Cadmans Cottage is one of only a handful of Sydney buildings that remain from the first 30 years of the colony. Over the years this sandstone cottage has been a water transport headquarters, a ...

  8. Cadmans Cottage

    Cadmans Cottage or Cadman's Cottage is a heritage-listed former water police station and sailor's home and now visitor attraction located at 110 George Street in the inner city Sydney suburb of The Rocks in the City of Sydney local government area of New South Wales, Australia.The property is owned by Department of Planning & Environment, an agency of the Government of New South Wales.

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    Australia, Australia & Pacific. Circular Quay & The Rocks. Built in 1816 for Superintendent of Government Boats John Cadman (a former convict with a commuted death sentence for horse theft), this is the inner city's oldest house. Sydney Water Police detained criminals here in the 1840s; it later became a home for retired sea captains.

  10. Cadmans Cottage

    Cadmans Cottage, historical sites and heritage locations attraction in The Rocks (Sydney), Sydney. Built in 1816, Cadmans Cottage is one of only a handful of Sydney buildings that remain from the first 30 years of the colony. Over the years this sandstone cottage has been a water transport headquarters, a sailors' home and a water police station, among other things.

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    Wander around the area's cobbled stone streets, alleyways, and courtyards. The tour includes stops at Cadman's Cottage, which was built in 1816; Campbell's Cove; the Garrison Church, which is known as the Church of Holy Trinity; and more. Plus, see the shoreline of Sydney Cove, as well as views of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.

  12. Cadman's Cottage, Sydney

    Your tour group is limited to a maximum of 20 participants and you'll walk at a leisurely pace along a 2-kilometer route. Tour highlights include: • The shoreline of sparkling Sydney Cove • Views of the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge • Cadman's Cottage, Sydney's oldest surviving cottage, built in 1816 • Campbell's Cove ...

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    Cadman's Cottage, nestled by the Sydney Harbour in Australia, holds a fascinating history steeped in eerie tales of ghosts. This heritage-listed sandstone cottage dates back to the early 19th century and was once home to a convict-turned-government coxswain, John Cadman. ... Book a Sydney private tour with a knowledgeable guide to explore ...

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    The Rocks. Free. Walking Tour. 6pm daily. Click 'join a tour' to see up to date availability and book your place. Click 'Join a tour' for times. 1½ hours walking tour. FREE (Pay what you think it's worth) Tour starts at Cadmans Cottage (in the waterside courtyard in front of the building)

  15. The Rocks Free Walking Tour

    Overview. Join I'm Free Tours and delve into the history of The Rocks, the site of Australia's first European settlement. You'll explore its laneways, pubs and historical buildings as your guide delves into the stories of murders, muggings and mysteries. Tours start in front (water side) of Cadman's Cottage at 6pm for a 1.5 hour wander.

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    From 1845 until 1864, Cadmans Cottage was the headquarters of the Sydney Water Police, then from 1865 to 1970 it became the "Sailor's Hom". Cadmans Cottage, built in 1816, is the oldest surviving residential building in Sydney.

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    After Cadman's death, the cottage was used for a variety of purposes. It was used as a sailor's home, a water police station, and an office for the Harbour Master. ... Yes, there are guided tours available at Cadmans Cottage. The tours are conducted by trained guides who can tell you more about the history of the cottage and the early ...

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