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.

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The 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:

  • Hyde Park

  • Saint Mary’s Cathedral

  • Hyde Park Barracks Museum

  • The oldest church in Sydney’s inner city region.

  • The Mint

  • The “Rum” hospital

  • State Library of New South Wales

  • Sydney Conservatorium of Music

  • Government House

  • Royal Botanic Gardens



1-2 people $240

1-4 people $300

1-6 people $400

  • Location: Meet in front of The Archibald Fountain which is located in Hyde Park. Hyde Park North, Prince Albert Rd & Saint James Road, Sydney. Our guide will be holding a Go Local Tours sign.
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  • Departure time: 1:30 PM
  • Duration: 2 to 2.5 hours
  • Walking pace: Easy

        What’s included

  • 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)
  • Group bookings only by request

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Notes & Clarifications

Keep in mind that if you select a private tour, it is possible to customize 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 canceled 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.

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