The Last Autocratic Governor Tour
When an inscription on a tomb in Scotland describes someone as “The Father of Australia”, then we are talking about Major-General Lachlan Macquarie, who served as the fifth and last autocratic Governor of New South Wales from 1810 to 1821.
His vision for the colony involved transforming it from a penal convict establishment to a society more reflective of British lifestyles and turned it into a nation.
The nationalist school of Australian historians have treated him as a proto-nationalist hero.
He first adopted the name “Australia” for the continent, the name earlier proposed by the first circumnavigator of Australia, Matthew Flinders. As well as naming many geographical features after him in his lifetime. Macquarie oversaw the building of government infrastructures, such as the Macquarie Street government precinct, including Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney Hospital (now Sydney Mint and NSW Parliament House) and St James Church, and the Macquarie Lighthouse at the entrance to Sydney Harbour.
Some of the most famous city landmarks were built around that era and you will have the opportunity to see them up close whilst on this tour.
Stroll around with a local Sydneysider and start your exploration from Hyde Park, an oasis of greenery and tranquillity, in the middle of the urban setting. Learn about our Anzac’s contribution to WWI and admire the breathtaking sweep of the arches in Saint Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney’s most visited church, built in a Gothic Revival design and laden with treasures and devotional objects.
Walk down Macquarie Street, named after the Governor and explore the colony’s beginnings through the historic sandstone buildings which comprise it.
Follow the footsteps of the convicts and listen to tales and stories of the residents of Hyde Park Barracks, a building designed by Australia’s convict architect Francis Greenway.
Admire the oldest church in Sydney’s inner city region. It is listed on the Register of the National Estate and has been described as one of the world’s 80 greatest man-made treasures!
Visit the “Rum Hospital”. and learn how it got its nickname and how it eventually expanded to become the Parliament House for New South Wales.
End your tour with the “flavours” of Sydney inside the sandstone facades of the Treasury Building, now part of the InterContinental Hotel, with a bespoke High Tea experience.
Sites we cover on “Last Autocratic Governor” Tour:
Saint Mary’s Cathedral
Hyde Park Barracks Museum
The oldest church in Sydney’s inner city region.
The “Rum” hospital
State Library of New South Wales
Sydney Conservatorium of Music
Royal Botanic Gardens
- Price: $50 each adult
- Children under 12 $35, first child participates for free
- Location: Meet in front of The Archibald Fountain which is located in Hyde Park. Hyde Park North, Prince Albert Rd & Saint James Road, Sydney
- Departure time : 1:30PM
- Duration : 2 to 2.5 hours
- Walking pace: Easy
- Local licensed guide
- Enjoy the Informative commentary of your Ringer* tour guide
- You’ll get a vocabulary lesson on Aussie slang throughout the tour
- Appreciate the coffee/tea stop at the conclusion of the tour
- *A Ringer is the best of the best. #1 tour guide in Sydney
What isn’t included
- Entrance fees
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off
- Food and beverages (not mentioned)
- Gratuities/Tips (optional)
- Coffee/tea purchases
- Food purchases
- Drink purchases
- hotel pick-up & drop-off:
- Group bookings only by request
Please check our Disclosures for Private & Group tours for explanations on shared or private city tours.
Notes & Clarifications
Keep in mind that if you select a private tour, it is possible to customise it to meet your desires.
Should you want to change the itinerary please do not hesitate to contact us by sending us a request through the inquiry form.
Weather: In the event of potential inclement weather, the threat of weather or natural disasters, on the day of a scheduled tour, the tour will be cancelled or postponed . For more info: Booking Terms and Conditions
Dress Code: Please wear comfortable walking shoes and bring your camera! And an umbrella just in case!
If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides a tip – though not compulsory – is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many world destinations. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour.