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Mysteries and Merchants of old Millers Point: Walking History Tour

Make your way through the murky maritime village of old Millers Point on a historian-led walk that uncovers the fascinating locals, legends and layout of this history drenched hub. This tour will visit convict built pubs, hidden laneways, colonial mansions, shipping wharves and views of the harbour.

This event will connect you to the stories, structures and secrets of Millers Point over the course of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Your historian guide will animate the curious characters that once called this place home such as Jack ‘The Miller’ Leighton, an ex-convict who operated three windmills on ‘the point’ until he was mysteriously found dead beside of them in the 1820s . Other local legends include rum-smuggling tunnels, unsolved murders and the criminal code of a cut-throat street gang known as The Millers Point Mob.

Millers Point is loaded with the charm of Sydney’s maritime past. It has witnessed great changes, both culturally and architecturally over its long and chequered history. Through vivid storytelling, historic imagery and hidden artefacts, we will connect with this past and rediscover the important role it played as a centre of shipping and trade.

Tour: 2 hours
Host: Journey Walks
Evening event
Easy walking circuit
Ends at a historic hotel

Event dates

Event Details

19 Kent Street, Millers Point, New South Wales

Meeting place in front of The Lord Nelson Hotel
Comfortable walking shoes
Wet weather gear if necessary
Some stairs and inclines involved


Wednesday 24th of April: 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Friday 10th of May: 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Entry fees:
Adults $ 55, Children $ 40, Concession $ 45, Members $ 45
Prebooking requiredhttps://journeywalks.com/tours/millers
Attendance limit:
Less than 50
Onsite facilities:
Other things
you need to know:
Millers Point has lots of 2 hour and several 4 hour paid parking spots. Otherwise we suggest taking public transport to Circular Quay via bus, train, tram or ferry and then walking to Millers Point via Argyle Street in The Rocks.