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The Rocks

Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia (City Centre)
61 2 9240 8500
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As featured in 3 days in Sydney
Ranked #19 of 293 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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Kuala Lumpur
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

We just love to explore the quaint streets, shops, gardens and museums around. For lunch, head to Philip Foote's courtyard and you will be in another world.

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Gold Coast, Australia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

The Rocks really needs a facelift - has become quite derelict in places. Smelly street drains, uneven footpaths, dingy buildings.

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Newtownards, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Great area to relax and enjoy great food in. At the weekend there are lots of covered stalls a kind of street market with loads of interesting and unusual things to buy. If you are not staying in the area it is well worth taking the time to visit and enjoy the atmosphere especially on a weekend.

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Sumner, Washington
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5 reviews 5 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

The weekend set up of specialty shops were a treat for visitors. There was also a nice variety of restaurants at The Rocks.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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117 reviews 117 reviews
24 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Trains, Buses and Ferries are close by and easy to get to and to get to anyplace in Sydney. Plenty of nice and expensive type hotels, pretty much something for everybody's budget. Food, oh there is food to be found in the Rocks, from fast food all the way up to 5 star places. Things to do and see -... More

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Westchester, Illinois
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34 reviews 34 reviews
22 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

This is one of the oldest areas of Sydney. Many of the buildings have plaques on them giving the history of the structure. There is a museum and tours are available as well.

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Perth, Australia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

The Rocks is just a fancy name for another part of Sydney that wasn't too different to anything else, a few reasonable priced restaurants to eat at, but nothing exceptional.

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Beirut, Lebanon
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

This place tells you a lot about the history and the bourgeoisies who used to live there. the streets are so nice to walk around, you can see the harbour bridge and the opera from the other side. With few walks away you can reach the observatory

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

We walked through this area on a couple of occasions we walked from our hotel in Darling Harbour to the Sydney Harbour area. The old houses in the area looked very pretty and hid a colourful history. The only downside I found in the area is that there is a possibility of the houses being demolished. I think the Sydney... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

The Rocks is very popular with tourists as it is an historic part of Sydney with a variety of small shops selling art, craft works, books, boutique clothing, and souvenirs. There is a small arcade housing boutiques,souvenir shops, toilets, and a discrete McDonalds which is not too vulgar. The Rocks is a great place to wander around or to relax... More

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