We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

The Rocks

Certificate of Excellence
The Rocks
As featured in 3 Days in Sydney and 10 other guides
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Phone Number: +61 2 9240 8500
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
Book In Advance
More Info
USD 60.22*
and up
The Rocks Pub Walking Tour
More Info
USD 74.53*
and up
Sydney Photography Tour in the Historic Rocks Area
More Info
USD 36.36*
and up
The Rocks History and Pub Walking Tour

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 6,992 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 3531
  • 1979
    Very good
  • 354
  • 37
  • 13
Market day

Love walking around the stalls. Not as many as previous visits but still good to browse. Was looking for the tile man.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed today
Mary C
Ormskirk, United Kingdom
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

6,992 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 5,914: English reviews
Ormskirk, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW via mobile

Love walking around the stalls. Not as many as previous visits but still good to browse. Was looking for the tile man.

Thank Mary C
Bridlington, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Been to Sydney a few times before but never visited the rocks and glad I did this time it's quaint and very interesting. Steeped in history if you read the signs and the pavement.

Thank 17countrygirl
Singapore, Singapore
Level Contributor
145 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Easy to walk around with a lot of shops and cafes There is a market on the weekends that is worth a visit for local crafts.

Thank sgeddie
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Level Contributor
97 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

On Saturdays part of the public road through The Rocks is being closed off for a street market where Australian memorabilia are on sale, such as boomerangs, pottery products, scarves and souvenir items in general. The market is particularly vibrant when a cruise ship is docked at the Overseas Passenger Terminal. In The Rocks one can find a good selection... More 

Thank msprenger001
McDonough, Georgia
Level Contributor
99 reviews
73 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Nice place to see the old part of town. Very nice architecture here. Lots of cobblestone stairs so watch your step. There are a few pubs,restaurants and hotels. Seemed like a safe place to be

Thank RodDaly
Bristol, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
19 reviews
15 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Delightful area to visit and very close to Sydney Harbour. There is a local market on sat/sun which is worth visiting for nicknacks to take home. Some quirky shops to look around and plenty of places to eat and drink. We had a pub meal in the The Glenmore at the top of the rocks that also has a rooftop... More 

Thank pigsheppard
Level Contributor
135 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This place has very quaint narrow alleys where you find interesting little shops that sell unusual items. They are mostly hand crafted and very attractive. The restaurants are also quaint but a little pricey.

Thank evelyn s
Austin, Texas
Level Contributor
67 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Excellent place to spend Saturday morning visiting the various arts and crafts stalls and sampling ethnic food. A short walk from Circular Quay with charming historic buildings.

Thank Wayne T
Pacific Harbour, Fiji
Level Contributor
12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The Rocks is a must if you visit Sydney. There is great shopping and food and lots of history. Spend the time and wander around through all of the alleys. There are tours and sign placks to guide you or just get lost at The Rocks. Well worth the visit.

Thank XstreemFishing
Level Contributor
28 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Rocks is close to all that goes on in Sydney, whilst having its own area of interest, being some of the oldest buildings in Sydney. Staying here gives good access to everywhere, even for the less able.

Thank Jacky W

Travellers who viewed The Rocks also viewed


Been to The Rocks? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of The Rocks and other visitors
7 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (7)

Questions? Get answers from The Rocks staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?

Staying in The Rocks

Neighbourhood Profile
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.
Explore this neighbourhood