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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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Great markets

Went to rocks markets on Saturday before leaving Sydney- never disappoints with a great mix of upmarket handmade wares and fashion, as well as all of the food and entertainment... read more

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

Went to rocks markets on Saturday before leaving Sydney- never disappoints with a great mix of upmarket handmade wares and fashion, as well as all of the food and entertainment - would definitely recommend to anyone looking for something unique and different.

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Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Most of the PUB's are next door to each other! all with the greatest attitudes & typical Australian G'day Mate Howz Thing's! I love Australia it has the greatest attitude with all things! (Have a Ganda) ie. Take a look!

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Michigan City, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a very fun and historic neighborhood. It has been totally revitalized. The weekend market crowd really filled the sidewalks and some of the streets. We enjoyed the market and wished we'd had more time for the permanent shops.

Thank Consultcinda
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My boyfriend & I vacationed, in Sydney, Australia, in May 2016. We waked to The Rocks where we got a glimpse of Old Sydney before the newer modern buildings were constructed. The area is well-maintained & the older architecture is well preserved. There are several shops and restaurants. On Saturday (when we went) there were several street vendors to purchase... More 

Thank Lady4Evermore
Sydney. Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

You can do as much or as little as you like. Most of the tourist shops are a bot of a rip off but you can just walk at your own pace and enjoy some of Sydney's early (white) history

Thank jellybeans99
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Leave harbour bridge and walk around the rocks. Is a very nice neighborhood, with heaps of restautrants.

Thank Aarruda08
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

How do you describe a place as awesome as this? The rocks is steeped in history ranging right back to the first settlers. In the day there are quirky shops like the awesome button shop where every type of button can b found, to beautiful cafes & great walk ( be prepared for lots of stairs & hills.) In the... More 

Thank Nadia M
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

If you fancy a walk through quirky streets, funky markets, and want to stop for a spot of lunch, The Rocks are for you, and should certainly be on your list of places to go and see if youre in Sydney for the day. Whether youre looking for pizza, kebabs, traditional Bavarian cuisine or just a cheeky burger, The Rocks... More 

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Toowoomba, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I'm always amazed at how much of the history of The Rocks is embraced in the daily business and lives of the area. The old stories are shared, the architecture is celebrated, the tragedies are remembered. Each time I get to Sydney, I find time to return here.

Thank Queenslanderabroad
Wigan, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

What's not to like about this place. Go when the markets are on and there's the smell of good food, buskers singing away, busy market stalls to wander around, artwork everywhere and more good food. Excellent way to spend a few hours before or after checking out or climbing the bridge!

Thank Simon K

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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.