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.

Cobbled stone laneway

Photo: A back-street view of The Rocks

Historical Sites to discover in The Rocks:

  • Cadmans Cottage
  • The Rocks Discovery Museum
  • The Argyle Cut
  • the Garrison Church
  • the Sydney Observatory
  • the Bridge stairs - the Bridge Stairs in Cumberland Street lead up to the Harbour Bridge pedestrian walkway and the bridge pylons
  • Susannah Place Museum
  • Fort Phillip Signal Station (built 1804)
  • Dawes Point Battery archaelogical  remains (built 1791)
  • Glover Cottages
  • Merchants House
  • Richmond Villa
  • Sydney Harbour YHA - the Big Dig Archaeology
  • Historical hotel pubs - for example,  the Lord Nelson and the Hero of Waterloo, Australian Hotel & the Orient.

Aroma Festival at The Rocks

Photo: A festival day drawing the crowds to The Rocks