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The Rocks, Sydney

Step back in time and surround yourself in Sydney's most historic precinct known as The Rocks. Discover the many sandstone buildings, cobblestone streets and monuments marking moments in history which enable visitors to gain an appreciation of Sydney's foundation as a convict built settlement. The Rocks is a popular destination for school history excursions. Although historic in nature, The Rocks offers some of Sydney's finest dining and entertainment experiences available.


The Rocks Quick Facts:

  • Situated on the southern shore of Sydney Harbour / Northwest of CBD
  • Short walk from the Sydney Opera House and Circular Quay
  • Established shortly after the colony's formation in 1788
  • Significance of early buildings – mostly sandstone
  • Features:
    • Historic walks
    • Souvenir & craft shops
    • Rocks Market operates each weekend 10am till 5pm ~ 100 stalls
    • Themed & historic pubs:
      • Fortune of War
      • Lord Nelson
      • The Orient
      • The Mercantile
      • The Palisade
      • The Hero of Waterloo.
    • Historical buildings:
      • Cadman’s Cottage - the oldest surviving building in Sydney and was built in 1815/16
      • Sydney Observatory at Observatory Hill – now a working museum
      • Dawes Point Battery - Historical fortification


Sydney Visitors Centre at The Rocks
Open daily from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm
(closed Good Friday and Christmas Day).
Corner of Argyle & Playfair Streets
T: (02) 9240 8788



Getting Around

  • The Rocks is just a short stroll from Circular Quay.
  • Circular Quay station is the closet train station.
  • Walking to The Rocks from the city centre (e.g. from Sydney Tower) takes around 25 minutes
  • Main entry point to The Rocks is via George Street.
  • Walking from Darling Harbour visitors can enter via Hickson Road (2km walk).
  • There are several well marked parking stations if driving to The Rocks.
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