One of Sydney’s historical areas, The Rocks is a must-visit destination on your trip to Sydney.
The Rocks is located right in the heart of Sydney. You’ll tick many items off your to-do list when you visit The Rocks including seeing the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House.
There are plenty of things to do and see in The Rocks. Highlights include:
When you’re in The Rocks, be sure to look out for Cadman’s Cottage, just 100 metres from the water. Built in 1816, Cadman’s Cottage is one of the oldest buildings in Sydney.
For even more history, visit Susannah Place. Susannah Place was built in 1844 and remains in tact today. Now a museum, tours operate through Susannah Place and tell the story of the working class people and immigrants that lived in the four surviving terraces. The corner store, which opened in 1915, has been recreated and you can purchase goods from the era.
The Rocks is home to many galleries including galleries exhibiting Aboriginal art.
Markets are held in The Rocks every weekend. The weekend kicks off with the Foodies Market on Fridays, from 10am to 4pm. The Foodies Market is held in Jack Mundey place and sells everything from fresh bread to chocolate. You can pick up a snack or enjoy a lunch of kebabs, paella, burgers or gozleme. On Saturdays and Sundays, from 10am to 5pm, The Rocks Market takes place. The Rocks Markets is comprised of multiple stallholders selling unique and handmade clothing, bags, jewellery, artwork and more.
If you want to discover as much as possible on your trip to The Rocks, why not take one of the many tours on offer. You could embark upon The Rocks Dreaming Aboriginal Heritage Tour to discover more about the culture of Indigenous Australians, or learn about the history of The Rocks in a guided walking tour. If you’re game, there are also spooky Ghost Tours.
The Rocks has no shortage of restaurants, cafes and bars. There are pubs where you can grab some dinner and drinks, including The Orient Hotel and the German themed Lowenbrau, and bars such as The Argyle and Bar 100. There are also plenty of food options including fine dining restaurants, such as Rockpool, as well as more casual dining options like the popular Pancakes on The Rocks.
Getting to The Rocks is easy. If you’re staying in the Sydney CBD, you can leave your Hertz Sydney rental car behind and stroll through the city, or take a train or bus to Circular Quay. If you’re staying outside the city you can either take public transport or drive your hire car and park on the street or in one of the council car parks.