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The Rocks

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Address: Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Phone Number: 61 2 9240 8500
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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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The Rocks market on Saturday is a very "up market" affair with lots of lovely stalls with good quality products particularly jewellery. Lovely to walk around even without making a... read more

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The Rocks market on Saturday is a very "up market" affair with lots of lovely stalls with good quality products particularly jewellery. Lovely to walk around even without making a purchase!

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A sunny Saturday morning provided an opportunity for my wife, son and I to wander around and through The Rocks (Talla Wo La Dah). Reaching there at 10am, the street market was in full flow and with a massive cruise ship docked on Circular Quay, it was busy but nevertheless we were able to take in the atmosphere. I guess... More 

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The Rocks are not pretty but the have been there for as long as Australia has been settled. Civic do-gooders have been trying to demolish the tumbled-down Rocks for centuries, but the Rocks have survived. Now the authorities have realised that not everyone wants to visit a city that looks as if it was made in Los Angeles, like everywhere... More 

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If you'll be visiting Sydney, I highly recommend staying in the Rocks area. I stayed here last week for 3 nights, and would love to go back In the future. It's quaint and picturesque, with many cute cafes, restaurants, and shops. There is also a nice market Friday-Sunday. It also abuts Circular Quay, and so provides easy ferry transportation to... More 

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We were staying at the Shangri La which us very near the Rocks. Our guidebook had a walk around the Rocks area which we followed and it was full of great social history and got me to really see how Sydney first began. The Susannah Place museum is excellent as is the Rocks museum. So worthwhile.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

learn about the early settlers and convicts - good experiecnce but also a wonderful place just to be and relaxe - have a good meal and watch people

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The Rocks is a historic area near the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Here you will find Quay, the Contemporary a Museum of Art and several boutique hotels, shops, and cafes. There are also frequent street markets here. The Rocks is not as large, nor grand as famous "old towns" in Stockholm or Montreal or areas like The French Quarter in New... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The rocks are a great place for learning a bit of the history of Sydney and Australia. Unfortunately, we visited at a very busy time, the coffee festival. A great view of the Sydney Opera House

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The rocks is a charming historical area in Sydney that is not to be missed. Take a stroll down this quaint street. There are lots of cute little places to eat, shop, and just browse. There is also a free walking tour every night (pay what you want). In addition there are a couple free museums. ENJOY!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a brilliant area download the "walk the rocks" app. So much to see and learn. Interlaced with good bar and cafes. Loved the old photos used to give the tourist an idea of how things looked in brgone times. Fron Argyle street steps gp up to cahil expressway and walk across the harbour bridge for unbelievable view of... More 

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The first residents of the Rocks were convicts and sailors from the old nation. As the oldest neighborhood 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.