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The Rocks

Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia (City Centre)
61 2 9240 8500
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Ranked #22 of 296 Attractions in Sydney
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Type: Neighborhoods, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Traveler Description: The Rocks is a precinct of narrow cobblestoned laneways and former merchants homes, which now house galleries, restaurants, boutiques and souvenir... more »
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed the historic architecture and pleasant atmosphere. Many bars and restaurants. Fun open air market on the weekend. Favorite find was Wine Odyssey Australia wine bar (wineodyssey.com). You buy a debit card, then sample wine by the ounce from enomatic machines. Efficient way to get an overview of Australian wines. (There is a similar wine bar, The Winery, in... More

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Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

One of my favourite places in Sydney and one of my favourite pubs is the Fortune of War. Markets on the weekend is great where a bargain can be found.

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Somerset West, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

Historical, central, beautifully situated near Circular Quay to allow easy exploration of the Harbour, Opera House, the Sydney Bridge, access to the various ferries, lovel restaurants and pubs (oldest Irish pub) etc. We stayed in the Mantra Hotel. Perfect location.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

We were here on a Friday when they had the food market. Too many yummy options. The shops were interesting and we especially enjoyed being able to purchase a rough opal (not the usual polished ones. Lots of people around as a cruise ship was in. Would recommend a look around and a stop for a bite to eat somewhere.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

A nice small area off the Circular Quay. Varied restaurants here and there. A relaxing place with nice bars and good food. The Argyle is a quaint bar with friendly staff; has live music in the weekend. The Wine Odyssey is a relaxing bar with wine tastings from all over Australia. There is a Lowenbrau German beer garden. There's Phillip's... More

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Corrigin, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014 NEW

A must to go either on Saturday or Sunday as they have Markets all around the streets. This is the historic area of Sydney City with Arts, Culture & Restaurants Get a sense of Sydney's cobbled laneways, cosy cafés and oldest pubs in the country. Throughout this historic precinct quiet beautiful.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Went to The Rocks midweek and during the weekend and found it much better on the weekend for more vibes and action. The market was great. If you want to just shop midweek is good with less people around but I loved pele watching on the weekend.

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Jakarta, Indonesia, Asia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Beautiful place , covered by big-big rocks, inside great food are awaiting. I suggest your to have Lowenbrau and ROCK's pancakes. yummm

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

The Gadigal people were the original people living in the Rocks area then came the Europeans to manage the land and natural port harbour. For a long time it housed what was then known as the 'slums'. Gradually through trial and protest it now remains as part of the Sydney Harbour foreshore historical area and an interesting area to stroll... More

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

There's something for everyone at The Rocks and nearby Circular Quay. There are many food and drink places ranging from Australia's oldest pubs to cafes and much more. There's also shops selling clothing, shoes, souvenirs and much more. Within the area is the Museum of Contemporary Art. Also, during the weekends there is a market selling all sorts of interesting... More

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