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The Rocks

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Address: Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Phone Number: +61 2 9240 8500
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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The Rocks Pub Walking Tour
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Sydney Photography Tour in the Historic Rocks Area
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The Rocks History and Pub Walking Tour

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An area undergoing a facelift but already worth a visit.

The Rocks are situated just to one side of Circular Quay so are very accessible. There is a market most days, great for a wander round and plenty of places to eat and drink right... read more

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Bishopton, United Kingdom
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Bishopton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

The Rocks are situated just to one side of Circular Quay so are very accessible. There is a market most days, great for a wander round and plenty of places to eat and drink right accross the price range.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

There are some lovely little shops, and cafes in the Rocks and night markets in the summer a great opportunity to taste the great Australian produce we have to offer in this lovely country

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We loved a stroll around The Rocks. A bonus was there being a local Market on which a vast range of wares being sold. The street food was also fantastic. Was very busy and a bustling area. The Market was also on Sunday too. We loved the old style buildings with some nice boutique shopping. There is a local tourist... More 

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

We have spent approx. 40 years enjoying ourselves in The Rocks - the area caters for people of all ages who want to have fun. While most of the restaurants do not offer "fine" dining, most are reasonably priced and well located ( e.g. "Wolfies"). For a great afternoon and/or night The Rocks is the place to go in Sydney... More 

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My partner and I walked around this neighbourhood a few times during our stay in Sydney and loved it! There is some of the oldest architecture in Australia in this area. There are museums, sculptures and great restaurants/pubs. We enjoyed the area at night & during the day. There was a market too on Saturday afternoon. A must see!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

What a lovely part of the city! Old buildings, small cafes to enjoy a good meal. Narrow streets and stairways. And some history if you like that stuff. A good atmosphere and friendly people. We went here on our way to the Harbor bridge. Awesome!

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I was on a. Usiness trip for 2 nights in Sydney. Had a few hours to spare for myself so I went to explore The Rocks. I've been there many times before over the years but it's always fun. There are plenty of cafes, galleries and other shops there. Very charming couple of hours to spend.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went for a walk on the rocks as it was recommended. Great atmosphere lots of lovely shops an bars a place to people watch loads of restaurants an bars we stopped at the Munich bar where they sold German beer an German food sausages with live music a l;t of ummpa ummpa it was great the waitresses were serving... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Shops and markets here offer a range of authentic Indigenous art, photography, fashion and food. Located near Sydney’s oldest quarried sandstone one can stroll through the markets and explore art, textiles, prints and much more.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This area is busy with lots of eateries, It is within walking distance of Circular Quay. At the weekend there is an open air craft market which is well worth a visit. This area should not be forgotton

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The first residents of the Rocks were convicts and sailors from the old nation. As the oldest neighbourhood 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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