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The Rocks

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The Rocks
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Address: Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Phone Number: 61 2 9240 8500
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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Old streets with a lot of character

Step away fro the harbour and check out the street, the buildings are old and well maintained. Great place to explore on a hot day with some cheap shops to buy water and treats if... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

I would have loved the walk about the historic buildings but it was sooooo busy it was a struggle to stop and get out of the flow to look at something! The crafts were beautiful, novel, quality, unusual and very expensive! There was also some street artists (chalk, paint) and they had exceptional talent, so great to watch for a... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Step away fro the harbour and check out the street, the buildings are old and well maintained. Great place to explore on a hot day with some cheap shops to buy water and treats if required.

Thank Ducknzzz
Campbell River, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This would have been my favourite spot due to the amazing choice of activities, you can be as relaxed as you want or walk all day seeing all the beautiful old heritage building and the clear view of Sydney Opera house, there is enough shops to keep even the fussiest person happy, Food and drink from all nations, then when... More 

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Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

One of my favourite places to visit when in Sydney. Close to Circular Quay with great views of the Bridge, Opera House and Harbour. Hearing the history, both good and bad, of this old part of Sydney and seeing the old buildings makes for a great walk through this area. There are some interesting shops as well as good eating... More 

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Gilroy, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

With the greatest concentration of bars and restaurants in Sydney, this is the party spot. Just below the bridge, The Rocks has preserved some historical buildings, while also keeping a modern tone. there are some real treasures on the small short side streets here. I found the perfect shop for Digereedoos there

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Dunstable, Bedfordshire, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We're staying in the Rocks area right now. A truly historic part of the city, so many old properties reminiscent of an old English town. We've wandered around and enjoyed the history. The Rendezvous hotel is right in the middle, and does great coffee in reception!

Thank Andy-S60
Osoyoos, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A very pleasant stroll amongst some very old history. There are many great eating establishments spread all around. There are great views of the Sydney Harbor and of course the unforgettable Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbor Bridge..

Thank Dale H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We stay at The Rocks whenever we visit Sydney, there's something about the area that draws me back. Plenty of places to eat and drink and a short walk to Circular Quay, Darling Harbour and the Botanic Gardens.

Thank Tony T
Goulburn, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Just so enjoyable to walk around to see Old Sydney, they way they use to live, lovely old places. The Sunday markets are great if you like a craft market, lots of lovely eateries and old pubs. At night take the ghosts tour around the rocks very informative.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went on a Saturday and there were a lot of stalls on the streets making it different from the rest of the city. A lot of interesting items being sold. The restaurants and bars on the streets were very busy and vibrant. But you will have to bear with the crowds.

Thank John W

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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.