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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
Phone Number:
+61 2 9240 8500
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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Lots to do

Lots of cool restaurants, cafes, and shops. Great place to walk around. Great at night. Can't go to a sydney and miss the Rocks!

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Walla Walla, Washington
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Walla Walla, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Lots of cool restaurants, cafes, and shops. Great place to walk around. Great at night. Can't go to a sydney and miss the Rocks!

Thank Rhonda W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Such a beautiful place to stay and wander around. The markets are perfect and great place to walk around

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The area is alive with history and old pubs and sparkling five star drinking and dinning. Lots of people live and play here and a strong presence of tourists. Something for everyone.

Thank BBear52
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

On Sunday is market. The neighbourhood is then very lively. There are a lot of things to discover. In the Rocks are many restaurants and cafes. It's beautiful for a nice walk. Don't miss it!

Thank Fiona S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Orient Hotel is just 1 of many great pubs in The Rocks area, live music & great atmosphere,. The Hero of Waterloo is another. It is an easy walk from Circular Quay to the Rocks & if you like old buildings then you won't be disappointed. The Rocks has some great restaurants & it has the charm of the... More 

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Barefoot Bay, FL
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This historical part of old Sydney is interesting, and full of many different restaurants and shops today. It is quite near the Circular Quay.

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

This is a great place to get yourself lost in the meandering steps and historical buildings that remain of the colonial past of Sydney. Our children love to explore this area... they never tire of it.

London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A charming area in the old and historic part of Sydney free from high rise buildings. There are numerous small shops in the narrow streets selling all kinds of crafts and gifts.

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Scotts Valley, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Walked around the area a number of times during stay in Sydney. Arts and and crafts on Sat and Sunday. Great for getting that special gift to take home. Good restaurants and bars.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Funny how time changes things. Originally this area, known as Tallawoladah, was very poor. The arrival of convicts certainly did not help matters. It’s been told that convicts were simply abandoned at this site with no provisions! The area has experienced a gentrification and now is full of souvenir shops and restaurants. Locals are concerned about the area, fearing too... More 

Thank NovemberTravels

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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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