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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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US$61.54*
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The Rocks Pub Walking Tour
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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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Great history lesson for the kids

We recently spent a lovely morning wandering around The Rocks. The markets were on and there were many items on sale which were genuine Australian made souvenirs. The kids loved... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We recently spent a lovely morning wandering around The Rocks. The markets were on and there were many items on sale which were genuine Australian made souvenirs. The kids loved seeing their classroom history lessons in real life.

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Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Take the time to wander through this historic part of Sydney, soo many hidden treasure's. From quaint cafes and bars to old historic homes, full of suprises

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We went to the rocks during the week and on the weekend. Lots of tourists at both times. The markets on the weekend were great but not fantastic. I loved exploring the small back streets and the history of the area. We went to an Australiana pub for a drink and it was lovely. The girl behind the bar was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If possible, go on Saturday or Sunday for "The Market at the Rocks." There are high quality art products, great people watching, and fine restaurants for dropping in and having an afternoon cocktail. The Pony restaurant is one such, great spot.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The Rocks in Sydney never falls short of surprises, food stalls and classic pubs. Try the alley ways boutique stores and weekend markets. History has a place and it's obvious at the rocks. Definitely worth a stroll.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We stayed in The Rocks for 4 days while visiting Sydney after a trans-pacific cruise. It was a perfect location, close to the Opera House, galleries, restaurants, and pubs. There are displays in the area to point out historical events and buildings. A very interesting place!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I wandered through The Rocks yesterday after a long day of touring. This is a wonderful historic neighborhood with MANY shops, bars and restaurants . There was even a large street festival/sale going on with lots of interesting things to buy and eat. We stopped at several DIFFERENT pubs and also had dinner . A really great... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

History, shops and views abound. This is the foundation of the city. Lots of interesting stores, many high end as it is where the cruise ships dock as well.....for a real interesting view of upscale clothing see Johnny Banana.....silk and linen jackets for the stars.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great place to stay. All main attractions are walkable. Stayed in Langham hotel. Walked over observation hill, through underpass and we were really near the bridge and Walsh Quay.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great ghost tours learnt a lot about the history of the rocks area. Lots of good places to eat/ drink as well.

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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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