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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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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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The historical part of Sydney

There are still some of the original buildings left in this part of Sydney, plus there is lots of information around on plaques and statues telling you all about this part of the... read more

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Diss, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

There are still some of the original buildings left in this part of Sydney, plus there is lots of information around on plaques and statues telling you all about this part of the town from the time of the first arrivals. It is quite fascinating. It is, however, now extremely busy, especially at night with all the bars and restaurants.... More 

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Some lovely old pubs. Lots of souvenir shops some good some not. Choose carefully and keep your eyes open for "No Refund" signs. I didn't. This isn't UK. Also there is an irritating tendency to charge additional for using credit cards everywhere. I had a travel cash card but still got charged 2% extra on card deals. Australia is odd... More 

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Warrnambool, Australia
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Such a charming character about the Rocks precinct, rich in history, so many buildings retained and preserved. It's a great place to stroll and explore. We captured great images from the deck of the Carnival Legend as we prepared to depart on an 18-day Pacific adventure.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

While most of the original structures have been converted into shops, etc., there still is the Discovery Museum (interesting history). Plan on a nice walking tour of the area.

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The rocks is a short walk from circular quay station which makes it amazingly accessible. I love the cute little shops that dot the small roads. I cam for the markets which were adorable. The store owners were so polite and welcoming, and the good they were selling were high quality and handmade. My only concern was that some goods... More 

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We arrived on a Sunday and were able to see the market in operation. It does not operate every day. The area is very safe and easy to walk around. All kinds of neat restaurants in this area.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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lovely old part of Sydney with cheaper pubs/bars that did lovely food and a little more relaxed and welcoming.

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Loved wandering around the market and through the cafes and restaurants at the Rocks. Really enjoyable, laid back atmosphere to the place.

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Go for a stroll through the Rocks to imagine life in Sydney 150 years or so ago taking in the original buildings. Nowadays, it's cool little shops, galleries and restaurants. It seems to be popular with the tourists as it's right where the cruise ships dock...

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The Rocks area is relatively compact in area and reasonably easy to get around, however it is hilly and lots of stairs. Lots of restored original buildings, an archeological dig site, cute shops and cafes. On Sundays there is a market.

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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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