Nurses Walk

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The area
Neighbourhood: The Rocks
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.
How to get there
  • Circular Quay • 4 min walk
  • Wynyard • 9 min walk
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Raintree_Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand3,814 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
The Nurses' Walk marks the pathways that nurses took from the places of residence to the hospital where they worked in the early days of the colony. Now a historical pathway rememboring winding among the shops and pubs of The Rocks.
Written 15 October 2023
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Dan L
Bunbury, Australia7,494 contributions
Nov 2022
The Nurses' Walk was created in 1979 in remembrance of nurses that worked in the local hospitals during the first thirty years of settlement. Good information panels and artworks, but the attraction of the area now centres on the myriad galleries, cafes, etc. Definitely worth visiting when in Sydney, a sense of history pervades the area.
Written 13 December 2022
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia45,263 contributions
Oct 2020
Nurses Walk is a lovely spot. It has quite a bit of history behind its narrow little alleyways. It was created in 1979 to honour the hospital nurses who worked in this area towards the end of the 18th century. Now it is full of interesting galleries, cafes, restaurants, souvenir and other shops. Definitely worth wandering around.
Written 16 November 2020
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Jena G
Providence, RI12 contributions
Nov 2019 • Solo
Lots of shops and sights, but paves is uneven and hilly. Walk carefully and don’t rush. There is plenty to see and do.
Written 25 December 2019
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Stephenbkk20156
Okayama Prefecture, Japan712 contributions
May 2019
Our walking tour of Sydney took us down this narrow lane. Historic buildings on either side. You could almost feel the history, especially with the guide telling interesting and amusing stories.

The area is in the process of being gentrified, so tere is no shortage of galleries, boutiques, and trendy eating establishments, but underneath it all are the reverberations of a pretty sordid history.

Certainly worth a wander if you are in the area, but I would hurry through the area to see the harbour views from the Rocks.
Written 31 October 2019
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nick164
Sydney, Australia2,349 contributions
Oct 2019 • Friends
With several old buildings and small laneways, it’s worth taking in this area when visiting the Rocks. There’s several information plaques covering the history of the area, albeit the older metal ones are readable but the newer one (which presumably is the broader introduction to the area and the name) is quite faded.
Written 28 October 2019
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stillerovaj
Prague, Czech Republic48 contributions
Jan 2019
The oldest part of Sydney with many great cofe shops, restaurants, historical pubs, galleries, There is special market . Museum of Contemporary Art - with extraordinary views of Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House from the cafe terrace. I love The Rocks. I recomended this place.

Written 10 September 2019
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Bill291
Dunedin, New Zealand63 contributions
Jun 2019
This is a walk that any traveller interested in history should take. My wife and I are both nurses and so it was with professional interest that we embarked through narrow by-ways to walk in the footsteps of our predecessors.
Written 5 September 2019
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Frank M
Brisbane, Australia2,259 contributions
Apr 2019
In and around the rocks area of Sydney you will find a lot of history.

This is such a place read the plaques it tell you about the first hospital and nurses and the hardship of the first and second fleets.
Written 20 April 2019
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yandinazetland
Stonehaven, UK2,605 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
The Rocks has a number of cuts , vennels and walkways - always worth a look . Nurses Walk indicates where the first hospitals were sited in Sydney and provides a number of information boards providing an insight into the early days. An interesting way to enter the walk is to cut through a very narrow - ex sewer off Argyle Street - called the Suez Canal. There are some cutouts of some of the characters - the crims - who inhabited the area - tales of the Argyll Mob and the Cumberland Razor Gangs. All good stuff.
Written 22 March 2019
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