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The Rocks

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The Rocks
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Address: Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
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+61 2 9240 8500
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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Magical historical The Rocks

Love walking around this historical place. There is so much to see and you can do it all free if you choose. Dropping into some of the old pubs for a refreshing cold drink adds to... read more

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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed today NEW

Have enjoyed the Rocks on previous visits, but didn't feel it lived up to the usual hype. Had a wander around and went into the oldest pub. Maybe just feeling complacent because have been there, done that in the past.

Thank KiwiKerry53
Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Love walking around this historical place. There is so much to see and you can do it all free if you choose. Dropping into some of the old pubs for a refreshing cold drink adds to the ambiance. As well as the views of the Sydney Harbour, the bridge and Opera House.

Thank YoYoGabba
Mandurah, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Lot of historic buildings. Many places of business occupy these old architectural buildings. The area is rather hilly so be prepared for the terrain. On the up side they is a lot to stop and look at so the walk will encounter many rest stops.

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Manila, Philippines
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

We did a walking tour of the Rocks on our own using a guide book to find sights including view points and historic pubs etc. It was lovely and we enjoyed seeing a different side of Sydney after time at the beach and in wine country. A number of lovely pubs and restaurants as well as shops along the way.

Thank BombaxFlower
Goulburn, Australia
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

So many beautiful buildings and so much history at The Rocks. There's plenty of eateries and shops. You can spend hours wandering around. The markets have a great range including local designers. If it's a nice day keep walking around Barangaroo it's a lovely area.

Thank Ree_Views1
Irvine, California
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My wife and I visited Sydney in March, 2017. We booked a walking tour of the historical area of Sydney which included The Rocks. The tour was very interesting and informative. It turned out that we were the only 2 people on that tour. Our guide Tony was very friendly and extremely knowledgeable about Australia. He even voluntarily spent extra... More 

Thank Stan L
Greater Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I love walking around The Rocks area and looking through all the old sandstone buildings and paved roads. There is plenty to do and you see the harbour in a different way as well. Lunch in one of the many quaint pubs or pop into a one of the interesting little shops.

Thank Michael B
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I've lived in Sydney all my life, yet I still thoroughly enjoy walking around The Rocks area. A place so rich in history, and cute buildings and streets that tell so many stories. Definitely recommend the Sunday markets! Great pink lemonade there.

Thank Sarah G
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Wow. The best wedding I have been to in years. Great music & views. The food beautifully presented. Unfortunately the restaurant is now closed for renovations. So put this place in your diary for 4 - 6 months time. Lovely Italian food, great view. Park on the street 4 hour limit, or valet park @ The Park Hyatt for $45,... More 

Thank Cynthia W
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A once identifiable area of Sydney has now succumb to greed. Very little of old Sydney can be seen hidden amongst commercial enterprise. Everything here is overpriced, overcrowded and lacking the charm this area once had. There are still some good places to eat but at a price that is becoming common throughout the city itself.

Thank Michael T

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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.
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