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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
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  • Baby Blue
    London, United Kingdom21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful old Sydney
    We spent a few hours walking around this area and it is such a beautiful part of Sydney with amazing views of Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. The historic buildings are charming, and there are lots of great spots to eat and drink. Wish we had had more time here. A real highlight of Sydney.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 July 2023
  • Johnstanno
    Singapore, Singapore377 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Escape from the bustling CBD
    A quiet old neighbourhood for a good walk. Nice buildings with beautiful architecture. We went to the Rocks mainly to dine and for the market place. I think it is not a must-do if you are short of time but if you are visiting Circular Quay, why not spend 30mins here.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 July 2023
  • ECWorld
    Hong Kong, China2,720 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice visit on a weekend
    Nice area to spend a few hours. We went when on the weekend when they had the market. Atmosphere was good. We had lunch in one of the restaurants in the area and had rather low expectations since we were a bit tired and just picked a random Italian restaurant. Turned out to be pretty decent. Enjoyed the local architecture and actually popped into the small Rocks Discovery Museum. All told an enjoyable few hours
    Visited July 2023
    Written 14 August 2023
  • MosesPH
    1,508 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely To Wander Through
    Really enjoy walking through The Rocks especially on a weekend and when the markets are on. It has a lovely atmosphere and interesting shops. We enjoy just listening to the music wafting through the square and also stopping to have a bite to eat at so many of the different shops around. There is plenty of outdoor alfresco dining areas now which gives the whole street a lovely feel. A must visit especially if in Sydney for the first time
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 December 2023
  • JJOH
    Doha, Qatar719 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really fun part of town; not to be missed when visiting Sydney
    Situated not far from the harbour and at the end of the harbour bridge this is a bustling and lively part of Sydney. Lots of bars, restaurants and life in general. Has a great atmosphere and is a good spot to pass away a few hours
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 December 2023
  • ROBERT I
    New York City, New York723 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must See
    Bustling area with restaurants, shops and galleries. We especially liked the outdoor market with quality clothing, jewelry and artwork. Varied architecture and views to the bridge, harbor and the Opera House.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 February 2024
  • smiler1956
    Birmingham, United Kingdom529 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A historical walk
    Visited with my wife and Daughter after crossing the Sydney Harbor Bridge. A beautiful historical walk through the streets around old shipping warehouses, with a great sense of the early pioneers of Australia. A local food and craft market was on at the time, which provided lots of interesting local goods and foods. Plenty of shops and eateries too. My bought my wife some beautiful local jewelry and we had some delicious ice creams!
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 February 2024
  • leuveen
    United Kingdom1,289 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great spot for a walk
    The Rocks are a great place for everyone - those interested in history, pub lovers, shoppers and walkers. It's an old part of the city and the first in which I've felt like I can u destiny the past of the city a bit better. Definitely worth a visit.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 February 2024
  • EndlessTravels
    Greater Melbourne, Australia35,505 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My favourite area of any city I’ve toured
    I visited here on a solo pub tour while the wife stayed in hotel with kids(she had a solo shopping tour the night before). I hopped off at the circular quay train station and walked a brief distance (5 mins) The old buildings especially the amazing pubs were a highlight as was the market that was on when I visited. I recommend walking all the way to opposite the Harbour View pub to find yourself under the harbour Bridge
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 5 March 2024
  • jmash
    Turnersville, New Jersey1,216 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visit to the Rocks
    My wife and I along with another couple recently stayed in Sydney before a cruise vacation. While there, we visited the Rocks. This area has lots of eateries, pubs, and shopping. They also have a market area where numerous local merchants set up to sell their very unique items. This is a great area to visit.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 1 April 2024
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tammyBaltimore_Md
Baltimore, MD2,414 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Beautiful old buildings line several blocks of this quaint area, along the way to the famous Sydney harbor Bridge, tons to see & do, including museums, shops and tons of eateries.
Easy walk from Circular Quay and opera house
Written 4 April 2024
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Betty C
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
This area of Sydney has a very interesting and significant history. Very worthwhile tour and good shopping area also. It is located a short walk from the Circular Quay which is the hub for ferries and the rail/bus/train system.
Written 2 April 2024
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jmash
Turnersville, NJ1,216 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
My wife and I along with another couple recently stayed in Sydney before a cruise vacation. While there, we visited the Rocks. This area has lots of eateries, pubs, and shopping. They also have a market area where numerous local merchants set up to sell their very unique items. This is a great area to visit.
Written 1 April 2024
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wwsm2018
Greater Hobart, Australia176 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
waiters were outstanting, miso soup a cut above the rest, the sashimi platter amazing, as was the prawn dumplings and scallops and tempura crayfish, beautiful meal
Written 9 March 2024
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EndlessTravels
Greater Melbourne, Australia35,505 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
I visited here on a solo pub tour while the wife stayed in hotel with kids(she had a solo shopping tour the night before).

I hopped off at the circular quay train station and walked a brief distance (5 mins)

The old buildings especially the amazing pubs were a highlight as was the market that was on when I visited. I recommend walking all the way to opposite the Harbour View pub to find yourself under the harbour Bridge
Written 5 March 2024
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leuveen
United Kingdom1,289 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
The Rocks are a great place for everyone - those interested in history, pub lovers, shoppers and walkers. It's an old part of the city and the first in which I've felt like I can u destiny the past of the city a bit better. Definitely worth a visit.
Written 24 February 2024
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smiler1956
Birmingham, UK529 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Visited with my wife and Daughter after crossing the Sydney Harbor Bridge. A beautiful historical walk through the streets around old shipping warehouses, with a great sense of the early pioneers of Australia. A local food and craft market was on at the time, which provided lots of interesting local goods and foods. Plenty of shops and eateries too. My bought my wife some beautiful local jewelry and we had some delicious ice creams!
Written 9 February 2024
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Garrali
Sheffield, UK25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Great area to walk around and visit galleries, shops, cafes, bars and restaurants both through the daytime and into the evening.
Written 5 February 2024
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ROBERT I
New York City, NY723 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Bustling area with restaurants, shops and galleries. We especially liked the outdoor market with quality clothing, jewelry and artwork. Varied architecture and views to the bridge, harbor and the Opera House.
Written 4 February 2024
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london057
Dublin, OH695 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
This is one of the oldest settlements in Australia 🇦🇺. Another thing there are restaurants, shops and hotels 🏨 too in the Rocks 🪨. Also there are two museums too . Lastly, it is a very charming area too .
Written 28 January 2024
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