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The Rocks is a precinct of narrow cobblestoned laneways and former merchants homes, which now house galleries, restaurants, boutiques and souvenir shops. However once upon a time, following European settlement after 1788, it became the residential quarters of Sydney's convicts and also an area known for congregations of inebriated sailors and whalers, cut-throat gangs, ladies of the night and rat plagues.
Photo: A back-street view of The Rocks
Historical Sites to discover in The Rocks:
Photo: A festival day drawing the crowds to The Rocks