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All reviews historic area weekend market street market circular quay lots of history art galleries walking tour cafes and restaurants walk around opera house great place to visit cruise ship visiting sydney sydney harbour settlement stroll australia
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Some great bars and restaurants. Have been here a number of times and never disappointed. Close to transport and when the light rail is completed will be easier to get to. Views of harbour bridge and opera house will always make you know your in...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank GugM
Reviewed today via mobile

We visited the markets in the rocks on our way to the Roslyn Packer theatre. Food, artifacts, jewellery, etc. and food on offer. Strolling through the area admiring early history is amazing and very satisfying. It is a Wonderful experience.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Joyzabell
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a unique neighbourhood around the harbour area with some interesting bars and restaurants. The area is always very lively especially from late afternoon onwards with some good outdoor seating areas to enjoy the area. For those visiting, this should be part of the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank nldogbert
Reviewed 2 days ago

This old part of town near the water's edge has plenty of historic buildings which are mainly bars and restaurants now. Being a small area it is easy to get round in a relatively short time.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 261peteri
Reviewed 2 days ago

Walking through the rock becomes interesting when you know a little of the history of the immigrants that settled here. A combination of old buildings, newer and the newest tell a story of the city development. Nice cafe's and restaurants all over.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank huys25
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Walking through The Rocks is like stepping back in time; sandstone back drop, narrow alleyways, artist stalls on the streets, never more than a few steps away from amazing harbour views. Definitely worth a visit or two.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Cheryl S
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

One of my favourite places in Sydney largely for its colonial heritage . Nowadays it’s all tourist shops and pubs but if you look close and down stairs these shops your going to see the old jails, go on a week day when it’s not...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Miike2000
Reviewed 3 days ago

The rocks has great pubs, food and of course great views. Old world charm with the fun and vitality of the Sydney social scene

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank chris H
Reviewed 3 days ago

The Rocks is a must especially on the weekend with the markets selling everything, set around great restaurants and pubs, with music playing night and day, great views of the Harbour bridge from the pub we visited, a great experience.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Jenny P
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Plenty of bars and restaurants on offer at The Rocks. There are also weekend markets and shops to fill in a day. Easy access from CBD and Circular Quay.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Rebecca C
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The Rocks
The first residents of the Rocks were convicts and
sailors from the old nation. As the oldest
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streets host more than 100 heritage sites and
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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
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C7813LQmichaelf
December 26, 2017|
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Response from linda f | Reviewed this property |
Hi Michael, Not in the Rocks but a great boutique hotel (more like an Inn), Is Simpson’s of Potts Point . This is a historic Victorian mansion on a tree-lined street with about 12 rooms, and is a 20-minute walk to the Rocks... More
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I believe it runs each day throughout the year. It's well worth doing. Have a great time in Sydney!
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mackem1999
England
sydney - which area? (4 Replies)
HelloFour of us are travelling to Sydney from the UK in February. We wanted to book an aprtment and have been offered Darling Harbour area. Our preference would be The Rocks - but is there much difference? How far to walk from Darling Harbour down to The Rocks and the Opera House for example? Is it too touristy in Darling Harbour or a good nightlife? Any help gratefully recieved!
November 10, 2004|
Response fromdonna.oz.soon|
Hi there, we are going to australia over christmas and are staying with friends in QLD. My friend used to live in Sydney and we are flying down there for a trip. I know definatly that Darling Harbour is probably one of the best places to stay in sydney and it has great access to the main attractions. there is also a monorail that can take you all round the city and you can get off at any stop and get on at any stop as well. It basically does a loop of the city.Kings cross and China town is...More
lifestylesquirrel
London, United Kingdom
Any Tips for My Existing Itinerary (11 Replies)
Hi Forum, I am a 28 year old male solo traveller from London, who is travelling to Australia for wedding in September. I want to make the most out Australia, budget: 50 AUD per day, 360 AUD for Activities. I love food, nature, and photography, and hate tourist traps. Day 1 (Melbourne): Check In. St Kilda. Walk Around local area. Food S Day 2 (Melbourne): Great Ocean Road Day 3 (Melbourne): Rest, Explore Melbourne Day 4 (Melbourne): Philips Island Day 5 (Cairns): Check In 2pm,...More
May 07, 2018|
Response fromdytokyo|
Day 2 - presume a tour (a long day of about 12 hours) Day 8 - fly to Sydney so arrive early for wedding. I wouldn't want to be flying to Sydney on the wedding day. Day 9 - where is the wedding ? Day 10 - a big day after the wedding ?? Maybe see how you feel.
EllaQueensland
Queensland
Punakaiki family accomodation (5 Replies)
We are a family of 4 looking for accomodation in Punakaiki for 1 night in September, the Rocks Hotel has good reviews, but I cant find any contact for the hotel, the website says the villas have either 1 queen bed and 1 single or 2 queen beds, we have 2 children (boy 16 and girl 23) so these aren't suitable. I'm trying to get out of paying for 2 rooms. any help or suggestions would be appreciated. regards Ella
March 02, 2009|
Response fromNZMike57|
Greymouth or Westport are not too far away. (less than an hout) so if you cant get accom in Punakiki itself try either. Punakiki is not real big but it's quite beautiful. Check the papers for the tide times as the best time to be at the rocks is high tide. It's the one time a really foul westerly wind is desirable! Try the walk up the track by the river just north of the visitors centre. In September you might even get some whitebait!