The Rocks
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The area
Neighborhood: The Rocks
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.
How to get there
  • Circular Quay • 5 min walk
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  • ECWorld
    Hong Kong, China2,789 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice visit on a weekend
    Nice area to spend a few hours. We went when on the weekend when they had the market. Atmosphere was good. We had lunch in one of the restaurants in the area and had rather low expectations since we were a bit tired and just picked a random Italian restaurant. Turned out to be pretty decent. Enjoyed the local architecture and actually popped into the small Rocks Discovery Museum. All told an enjoyable few hours
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 14, 2023
  • MosesPH
    1,557 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely To Wander Through
    Really enjoy walking through The Rocks especially on a weekend and when the markets are on. It has a lovely atmosphere and interesting shops. We enjoy just listening to the music wafting through the square and also stopping to have a bite to eat at so many of the different shops around. There is plenty of outdoor alfresco dining areas now which gives the whole street a lovely feel. A must visit especially if in Sydney for the first time
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 1, 2023
  • JJOH
    Doha, Qatar698 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really fun part of town; not to be missed when visiting Sydney
    Situated not far from the harbour and at the end of the harbour bridge this is a bustling and lively part of Sydney. Lots of bars, restaurants and life in general. Has a great atmosphere and is a good spot to pass away a few hours
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 7, 2023
  • ROBERT I
    New York City, New York726 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must See
    Bustling area with restaurants, shops and galleries. We especially liked the outdoor market with quality clothing, jewelry and artwork. Varied architecture and views to the bridge, harbor and the Opera House.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 4, 2024
  • smiler1956
    Birmingham, United Kingdom571 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A historical walk
    Visited with my wife and Daughter after crossing the Sydney Harbor Bridge. A beautiful historical walk through the streets around old shipping warehouses, with a great sense of the early pioneers of Australia. A local food and craft market was on at the time, which provided lots of interesting local goods and foods. Plenty of shops and eateries too. My bought my wife some beautiful local jewelry and we had some delicious ice creams!
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written February 9, 2024
  • leuveen
    United Kingdom1,289 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great spot for a walk
    The Rocks are a great place for everyone - those interested in history, pub lovers, shoppers and walkers. It's an old part of the city and the first in which I've felt like I can u destiny the past of the city a bit better. Definitely worth a visit.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 24, 2024
  • EndlessTravels
    Greater Melbourne, Australia38,512 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My favourite area of any city I’ve toured
    I visited here on a solo pub tour while the wife stayed in hotel with kids(she had a solo shopping tour the night before). I hopped off at the circular quay train station and walked a brief distance (5 mins) The old buildings especially the amazing pubs were a highlight as was the market that was on when I visited. I recommend walking all the way to opposite the Harbour View pub to find yourself under the harbour Bridge
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written March 5, 2024
  • jmash
    Turnersville, New Jersey1,429 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visit to the Rocks
    My wife and I along with another couple recently stayed in Sydney before a cruise vacation. While there, we visited the Rocks. This area has lots of eateries, pubs, and shopping. They also have a market area where numerous local merchants set up to sell their very unique items. This is a great area to visit.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 1, 2024
  • Reslimpan
    Rayong, Thailand3,444 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Old town of Sydney
    In any other city this would be called old town. This old part of Sydney is really nice. It is dotted with old houses, good restaurants and bars and plenty of shopping. I do recommend one of the walking tours in order to learn more about the area and how it, Sydney and Australia came to be.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 21, 2024
  • Lina W
    17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The rocks market
    Very crowded on Sunday. Lots of pop up stores and interesting stalls selling gems, postcards, souvenirs, and so on. Should take a look when visiting Sydney. Came back on Monday for a quick walk, the place become very empty and quiet.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written July 4, 2024
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Constanza Diez Riera
89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The story is super interesting, the design allows you to walk through small corridors and discover great coffee shops and bars. The museum of contemporary art is definitely worth visiting. You can start the walk through the bridge from there.
Written January 18, 2020
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Fatima E
Canton of Zurich, Switzerland123 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
A very important part of history of Sydney and Australia-how it all began. On this tour they tell you about it and show the particular buildings and areas where the actually convicts from Europe started theirs new lives and built the city.
Guide Vicky is very dedicated and professional
Written February 27, 2020
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Aussiemum40
Hallidays Point, Australia36 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
There's a nice variety of arty and souvenir markets at the weekend markets. There's different shops there all the time and a variety of spaces with historical interest, many of which have signs to tell you a bit of history. You can wander around here, listen to some live music and then head back around to the ferries, train, light rail or walk around to the Opera house.
Written January 12, 2020
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Nanioften
Boston, MA64 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We stayed in The Rocks for a week at the end of our tour of Australia and New Zealand, and it was a great place to stay! We had an apartment in the Mantra 2 Bond Street, so the nearby Coles market in the Wynyard train Station was a great convenience for breakfast staples. The train station itself was terrific as well, even though it’s undergoing renovations, and the new Light Rail service had a station right outside our door. We walked to Circular Quay and the Opera House, to the Museum of Contemporary Art, to great Restaurants, the Queen Victoria Building, and everything in between! Can’t imagine a better place to stay in this lively city!!
Written January 26, 2020
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400lynn
Brighton, UK44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I was pleasantly surprised at the number of older buildings in the Rocks. Our guidebook included a walk around the area, and we also visited the Customs House, both of which provided an insight into the history of the city. Add to that, the easy access to the Opera House, great restaurants, shops and ferries from Circular Quay, all making the Rocks a great place to stay.
Written September 3, 2020
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pdn
Cairns, Australia489 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
So much history, so much to see and do, Soooo close to everything in Sydney center! A great tourist destination for both locals and real tourists. The restaurants and Cafes are dotted absolutely everywhere, in Lane ways, tucked inside Large wharehouse's, Hotels and Bars on every corner.
Don't just walk the streets, make sure to stop and read the signs, the heritage and stories abound from every building, if a lane way looks private - it possibly is, but walk down it anyway, you never know what you may be missing out on. We walked into one Wharehouse building, exactly this way, turns out is was shops and bars, and by night an interesting nightclub!
Cantwait to head back and explore more.
Written January 25, 2020
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Michael H
Surfers Paradise, Australia21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Just a short walk from Central Harbour, Sydney is The Rocks area that incorporates many interesting buildings and architecture. It has numerous restaurants and eateries, catering to all tastes and has a great vibe, particularly during the weekends when the local market is held. The market it-self is well worth a visit as it has a great range of local goods and foodstuffs.
Written February 18, 2020
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Alison S
Sydney, Australia2,443 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Walking through The Rocks district of Sydney, both before and after Sunset was marvellous.

Having been local, in the suburbs since COVID-19 began, it was a most welcome surprise to find The Rocks looking great.

People gathered, after work, and socialised, but distancing was practised.
Not nearly as busy as before COVID, but most pleasurable.
Atmosphere was great.

Walking back, after dark was spectacular with the lights!
Written October 15, 2020
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Culinary-Consultants
Ferrara, Italy3,745 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
This place is really cool. It is not a place per say alone or an establishment. It is an area or district of Sydney... for lack of better words. It is surrounded by stores, restaurants, coffee shops, several theaters and attractions are at at a stone's throw.

It is also surrounded by cool eateries as I mentioned. Some of the ones I recommend for example: The Rocks Cafe, amazing hamburgers, nice service and good attitude. also try the The Tea Cosy a very grandma like place where we really felt at home. nice pastries, teas and coffees. The day was cold and gloomy, and this place specially made the difference.

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Written February 6, 2020
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Paragone9
Carol Stream, IL81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The Rocks is my favorite area in Sydney. It has the oldest homes. In the past it was mainly occupied by the poor but with the evolution and popularity of the Harbour area these people have been “encouraged” to move on and these homes have been gutted but the facades are untouched, however only the rich can afford to live there. Now they are building a massive hotel/casino which I hope doesn’t take away from the tranquility. I wouldn’t hesitate to live there if I could afford. There are wonder walks down to the garden and waterfront
Written January 30, 2020
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