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The Rocks

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The Rocks
As featured in 3 Days in Sydney and 10 other guides
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Address: Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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USD 62.43*
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The Rocks Pub Walking Tour
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USD 77.26*
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Sydney Photography Tour in the Historic Rocks Area
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The Rocks History and Pub Walking Tour

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Really cute area of town

Loved wandering around the market and through the cafes and restaurants at the Rocks. Really enjoyable, laid back atmosphere to the place.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW via mobile

Loved wandering around the market and through the cafes and restaurants at the Rocks. Really enjoyable, laid back atmosphere to the place.

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Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Go for a stroll through the Rocks to imagine life in Sydney 150 years or so ago taking in the original buildings. Nowadays, it's cool little shops, galleries and restaurants. It seems to be popular with the tourists as it's right where the cruise ships dock...

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The Rocks area is relatively compact in area and reasonably easy to get around, however it is hilly and lots of stairs. Lots of restored original buildings, an archeological dig site, cute shops and cafes. On Sundays there is a market.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The weekend craft markets are lovely, Also we down loaded a free walking tour app that went through the Rick history of the area. I love the older worldly style of the area. I suggest you also enjoy a local cafe of restaurant for a rest.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We stayed at the Rendezvous Hotel and this was in the Rocks. We took a great tour and everything was explained about what happened when the Rocks was formed. It was exremely interesting.

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Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Rocks is an area steeped in culture and history and attracts many tourists all year round. It takes longer than you realise to circumnavigate what it has to offer, so leave yourself sufficient time to browse. There are, of course, plentiful souvenir and craft shops to delay your planned 'tour'. Circular Quay and the Contemporary Art Museum are close... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It's such a beautiful place to take overseas visitors. The rich history of Sydney is tucked in here. Love walking around and love the shops and little restaurants and the pubs.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great area for history buffs and fabulous range of cafes, bars and restaurants. Those that opened during the day tended to close early

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I loved exploring the Rocks. It was a beautiful place to walk around with some shopping and wonderful small restaurants tucked away.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

So much to see and do in one walkable area. The old style pubs were not only interesting, they served up A grade pub lunches.

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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.
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