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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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Be sure to catch the Sunday market at The Rocks

On my last full day in Sydney, I decided to walk the Sydney Harbor Bridge from one bank to the other. On my way back to Sydney's downtown I noticed that there were a couple of... read more

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

On my last full day in Sydney, I decided to walk the Sydney Harbor Bridge from one bank to the other. On my way back to Sydney's downtown I noticed that there were a couple of streets in The Rocks area that were lined with little vendor tents, so I decided to decend to the area and check things out.... More 

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Lord Howe Island, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

So worth a visit! It is a short walk from Circular Square to the Rocks area in Sydney. Once there you will find cafes, restaurants and plenty of places to explore. There are organised walks that cater for different groups. A must is the museum that opened in about 2006. The best part about the Rocks is you can walk... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great location with lots of great bars and restaurants. Cool markets on the weekends and lots of beautiful historic sandstone buildings. Heaps to do and see. Close to the Harbour Bridge walk, the ferries and international cruise terminal.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great spot to wander around and discover some of Sydney's historical beginnings. Lots of good eateries, pubs and boutique shops. The Rocks markets are on every weekend with a wide variety of art and craft and food. Walking distance from Circular Quay. Be aware that as its a tourist attraction, the prices can reflect that. Some parts of the area... More 

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Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were thrilled to get the chance to explor the Rocks. We loved the weekend street fair and there are so many great places to go to eat, drink, have tea or shop.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

An easy stroll five minutes from circular quay The Rocks area is home of many shops and stalls very much focussed on souvenirs for tourists and food outlets. Allow an hour to browse - some good things on offer but, I suspect, at fairly high prices.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great area within Sydney to spend some time. Enjoyed wandering around the streets. Lots of good eateries. Take time out to explore some of the museums. Will definitely be back.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Spend many hours walking, shopping, looking at aboriginal artefacts, street markets, having a meal at the many pubs ( I suggest the Mercantile) listening to music.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We loved wandering around the Rocks on both our visits to Sydney, again it is one of those unique areas that has the mix of local history of early like in the city, which today is coupled with the modern vibe that so characterises this modern city. Lots of little alleyways and side streets, which hide numerous surprises for you.... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Wander around this historical area and be surprised by the history, and some interesting little shops or food places. Sure, it's touristy and there are places which cater basically to them, but wander the back streets and alleyways and you're bound to find somewhere to get your attention. We've found some good restaurants, an interesting building or two, and some... More 

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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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