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The Rocks

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The Rocks
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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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The Rocks Markets is one of the best anywhere!

The Rocks area of Sydney is old (for Australia) colourful and enchanting. The Markets held every Saturday and Sunday encapsulates the feel of the Rocks area. I rate it among the... read more

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Brisbane, Australia
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The Rocks area of Sydney is old (for Australia) colourful and enchanting. The Markets held every Saturday and Sunday encapsulates the feel of the Rocks area. I rate it among the best including Mindle in Darwin and Salamanca in Hobart. There is a wonderful spread of items for sale at great prices. But it is the vibe which sets it... More 

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Plymouth, Massachusetts
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The Rocks is at the center of the Must-See of Sydney attractions. From the Rocks are visible the Opera House; the Sydney Harbor, and the Circular Quay with all its ferries; and the passenger terminal with all the giant cruise ships entering and leaving. There are many good restaurants and hotels in the area. On some days there is a... More 

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If you're into the Artsy side of things, then over the weekends head on over to The Rocks! There's plenty of local's showcasing their skills, from jewelry to artisan soaps, clothing, art, knick knacks and great souvenirs .. and not to mention some quaint lil cafes and restaurants serving up beer .. a MUST VISIT!!!

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Hereford, United Kingdom
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Worth a visit just to walk around and see what remains of some of Sydney's earliest European location. Development in the area is being resisted in some parts eg. Miller's Point.

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Floodwood, Minnesota
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a wonderful area of old Sydney to visit. Very historic, wonderful small shops and most importantly, great places for a coffee.

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Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Rocks is one of Sydney's hidden gems. Right next to Circular Quay, the Rocks is not only very historical but also has some very interesting and unusual shops. The markets on Sunday are great fun.

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Walk along the rocks and enjoy some of the oldest pubs in Australia. Make sure you google map the Lord Nelson and Hero of Waterloo pubs. Both definitey worth finding....especially the lord Nelson.

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Carolina, Puerto Rico
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My hotel is right in the middle of the Rocks!!! There is so much to do and so many place to walk and shop and eat. If in Sydney you need to visit and enjoy this whole area!

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This is an absolute must if you're in the neighbourhood (and like pancakes). You cannot book a table, so there might be a long queue

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Trail, Canada
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The rocks was a neat place to check out but I was expecting more. I did not see much history noted about it other then it was where the harbour started. Other then cafes along there, there is not much to see/do.

Thank kbulney

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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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