The Rocks

The Rocks, Sydney: Address, Phone Number, The Rocks Reviews: 4.5/5

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The area
Neighbourhood: The Rocks
The first residents of the Rocks were convicts and sailors from the old nation. As the oldest neighbourhood in the city, the area's cobblestone streets host more than 100 heritage sites and buildings, including the oldest house in Sydney, Camden Cottage, which was built in 1816. Taste a “midi “ or a “schooner” of beer and dine “al fresco” on the waterfront at some of the oldest pubs in Sydney. The weekend markets at the Rocks are where you can find local artists' hand-made souvenirs, organic food and designer jewelry in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. To enjoy some of the best Australian and international contemporary art, the MCA museum is open every day and select evenings. At the end of a long day of sightseeing, be sure to save energy to dance the night away at the area's many late night entertainment venues.
How to get there
  • Circular Quay • 5 min walk
Popular mentions

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JnVSydney
Greater Sydney, Australia10,821 contributions
In the shadow of the Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sep. 2021
You couls say this is Sydney's equivalent of an old town, nestled under the bridge, it has some of the oldest pubs in Sydney, which is very popular on weekends, starting on Friday night, it is definitely a must to visit especially on the weekend.
Written 21 November 2021
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Janet1807
Sydney, Australia192 contributions
Nice place to browse
Nov. 2021
My granddaughter, daughter and I spent a couple of hours wandering around The Rocks area. It was good to see the markets there buzzing with people but it was not packed. Comfortable to wander around, keeping distance and everyone I noticed, was wearing a mask. We did not stop to eat, but between us, we did help to support the stalls. It is a great area just to wander around and look at the beautiful old buildings and enjoy the atmosphere.
Written 15 November 2021
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Teresa C
Metro Manila, Philippines1,214 contributions
Historic
Oct. 2021
This can be a little crowded and a tad commercial, but focus on the plaques that depict and tell the stories of how tough life was in the early days of settlement.
Written 4 October 2021
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jwells3377
New South Wales, Australia7 contributions
Taste of old Sydney.
Jun. 2021
Nice old shops and cafes. Weird as during COVID very deserted. Enjoyed wandering around without crowds.
Written 27 June 2021
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Trail60812293663
Greater Sydney, Australia1 contribution
The Rocks Walking Tour
Jun. 2021
We had a full historical & extremely informative walk through the Rocks with Brian as our guide, who occasionally added some humor to his stories. It was a most enjoyable & well spent morning.
Many thanks
Written 14 June 2021
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia8,894 contributions
Remnant of colonial Sydney
Apr. 2021
For some inexplicable reason, The Rocks have been spared the sledge hammer of progress. It's the same as it was when Sydney was a convict colony. There are lots of nooks and crannies, and intetesting places to have a drink. The Hero of Waterloo dates from the time when Wellington's victory over the French was still fresh in everyone's mind.
Written 8 June 2021
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Johnnyblueb
143 contributions
Disappointing
Apr. 2021 • Couples
The Rocks is always a great place to visit but the current sculpture exhibition in Campbell’s Cove is to be avoided. Uninteresting works in an inappropriate setting displayed in an unimaginative way. Don’t waste your time!
Written 25 May 2021
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Alison S
Sydney, Australia2,019 contributions
Alwaysna great place to visit!
May 2021
Especially enticing now as there is an Exhibition of Sculptures by Japanese artists and sculptors.
Fascinating and varied - down near Campbell 's Cove.
Written 24 May 2021
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ahh
Port Macquarie, Australia59 contributions
FASCINATING AS ALWAYS
May 2021
Can spend days wandering around, finding all the hidden corners, great shopping, food, amazing market.
Written 16 May 2021
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Dave Rees
Brisbane, Australia52 contributions
Great experience
Apr. 2021 • Couples
A great place to stay and explore. Infinite paths between, through, under and around buildings that will help you discover whiskey bars, coffee shops, restaurants, candy cane stores, at galleries and everything else in between. Allow at least a day to explore.
Written 27 April 2021
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