Historic Walking Areas in Sydney

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Historic Walking Areas in Sydney

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  • linnman
    singapore278 contributions
    My second time as a tourist visiting The Rocks. The place is charming and full of history so a visit to The Rocks Discovery Museum is a must. Walk through the little nooks and corners of the old buildings. Lots of dining and drinking places here. Unfortunately, my favourite place here - the weekend Rocks Market was a disappointment this time. In my previous visit in 2019 just before Covid19 struck, the market was full of local craftsmen with their beautiful and unique creations for sale. This time, the market was a ghost of its old self. The stuff on sale were nothing unique nor interesting; most of the stuff you can get at shops in the city. I also saw that some of the space had already been converted to al fresco dining for the eateries along the stretch. Maybe the 2-year Covid epidemic affected the livelihoods of these independent craftsmen wth few tourists visiting and buying. For this reason, I can no longer rate this place as excellent. I hope that they will be back soon and give The Rocks Market the vibrancy that it now lacks.
    Written 17 May 2022
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  • N P
    North Sydney, Australia29 contributions
    I was amazed by how beautiful this walk was. At the top of the wharf, there is a short walk to the lighthouse where you can backtrack to continue along the path toward the rest of the track. great views and the opportunity to stop at the Mosman rowers club or to have a picnic overlooking the harbour at the end of the walk
    Written 13 September 2020
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  • Perry B
    Hong Kong, China2,334 contributions
    This was a really fun one and we enjoyed the walks as a couple. We did a series of walks over a series of days in order to complete the whole thing. There was a lot of variety of scenery while the photographic opportunities were simply stupendous.
    Written 2 January 2021
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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom6,324 contributions
    This is an interesting area if you want to extend your walk through the Botanic Gardens or you are looking for somewhere nice to eat after the NSW Art Gallery.
    From the Gallery, the wharf is just a 5 minute walk down through the Domain and from the Botanic Garden’s Henry Lawson Gate, its about a 10 minute walk.
    A string of waterside restaurants line the historic wharf including Otto, Manta and China Doll. On a sunny day, its not a bad place at all to sit in the sun beside the water.
    The wharf has had its ups and downs over time. Built in 1915, it is a massive 400m long wooden structure. For over 60 years it was the major port for the booming wool export market and a hub for immigrants and sailors. WWI & WWII troops farewelled their loved ones from here, before sailing to foreign battlefields. Many of them would never return.
    It's hard to imagine that in the 1970s and 1980s when the wharf had fallen into disuse and disrepair, the government wanted to take a wrecking ball to it. Today, luxury boats are lined up along the wharf and on weekends, the restaurants are packed.
    Currently the annual Woolloomooloo ArtPark Sculpture Walk is on display. About 30+ works run along the length of the boardwalk and inside the concourse behind the restaurants. The giant squid-like sculpture, 'Tetrapus', caught my eye with its strange gleaming tentacle limbs.
    The sculpture walk is free.
    Written 2 May 2022
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  • Michael-4551
    Caloundra, Australia4,647 contributions
    Visited on Wednesday 13th November. No visit to Sydney would be complete without a walk along Macquaries Street to check out the buildings there, so much of Sydneys early history is here.
    Written 17 December 2019
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  • Bartonbears
    Coffs Harbour, Australia1,547 contributions
    This was our first visit and we found it quite moving. It wasn't the monument to Cook that impressed us but the signage describing both Cook's achievement and also the heroic resistance to the invaders by two of the Indigenous inhabitants of the area. The area is still quite beautiful, despite the oil refineries and other development.
    Written 18 December 2021
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  • stinkwink
    Sydney, Australia7,389 contributions
    Unfortunately, Arthur Payne house isn't existing anymore. It was demolished, together with No 8 of Ferry Lane, as I learned in my researches. No wonder that I didn't find the photo of a long-gone building. Arthur Payne, who became a well-known person only because of his bad and good luck, was the first victim of the year 1900 bubonic plague, which had far-reaching effects for Sydney. His bad luck was to catch it, but his good fortune was to recover from it. Since the authorities tried to stop this epidemic carried by the rats and their fleas, they demolished old houses, where the rats could hide. This was finally an opportunity of the government, to renew the city, where waterfront areas, such as the Rocks and Millers Point, were packed with unregulated, dilapidated hovels, meek buildings that would have to be destroyed a long time ago.
    Of course, at these times, buildings are also sacrificed to the mood of the city, which should have to be saved. Fortunately, some buildings have survived this great revival, so for example, we still can visit Susannah Place today. Arthur Payne's house was not that lucky. The great cleansing of 1900 was gone, but in 1914, when the homes in the middle of the Ferry Lane were demolished, A.P. little cottage at No 10 along with neighboring No 8 was also dismantled. Presumably, the hut is no real loss; it had rather historical than architectural significance.
    Written 5 July 2018
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  • Teresa C
    Metro Manila, Philippines1,243 contributions
    Part of early Sydney's history, this place has much to see. Walk, grab a coffee or snack in this area. Beautiful harbour to sit and relax.
    Written 15 August 2021
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