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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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Always my favourite part of Sydney

Ever since I watched Playing Beatie Bow as a tween I have loved The Rocks and we never fail to go there when we visit Sydney, even if it's briefly. The history of the place just... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Ever since I watched Playing Beatie Bow as a tween I have loved The Rocks and we never fail to go there when we visit Sydney, even if it's briefly. The history of the place just surrounds you and it's so unique in Australia which often feels like such a young country. There are endless possibilities for a meal or... More 

Thank Julie L
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A bit expensive, but hey, it's Australia. But interesting history, architecture and places. I did a free walking there and I think it helped the importance of this district.

Thank CXuor
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Rocks is central to Sydney city and although quite historical with some great architectural buildings, there are also little modern cafes and shops dotted around the streets. They had markets on the Sunday that we visited. The Rocks is certainly worth a visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Back on two legs on a warm autumnal Sunday morning. We'd not been to the Rocks Markets for several years. The location has changed slightly, it's no longer along George St. Easily accessible from Circular Quay or York St. Lots of stalls from foodies, clothing and jewellery. Spend an hour or three wandering around this historic part of town then... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Lots of moderately priced restaurants and shopping. The home of the modern art museum and several hotels. Very compact area with weekend street arts and crafts festival.

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McKinney, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

After stopping in a dozen souvenir shops, the Rocks were a welcome change. Prices were reasonable and the merchandise was more local craft made and less Made in China. The several block square area had lots of unusual pocketbooks, jewelry and clothing not found in the other souvenir spots. Their also a small, air conditioned mall with a few shops... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Rocks are a historic center of Sydney, revitalized with tiny shops, cafes, and a variety of small museums. The architecture is lovely and the area is lovely place for a stroll. Enjoyed it immensely.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The Rocks should be visited both day and night to appreciate all it has to offer. Great cafe culture during the day and good bar scene at night. Don't miss the weekend markets.

Thank The Yum L
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Walked through here and it was cute! Little cafes and restaurants, and not too big either. Came here in the afternoon for a couple of drinks. It's a great place to take a break after walking around the Sydney city centre!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This and manly were our favorites Don't miss it..we walked the bridge and the farmers market and the old British looking area. Would like to stay at the Hyatt next time

Thank drmader

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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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