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The Big Dig Archaeology Education Centre

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Great visit while staying at the Sydney harbour yha

The Sydney harbour Yha is great and includes a great archaeological dig Witch is amazing great... read more

Reviewed 10 September 2018
Joel S
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An interesting side to the Rocks.

We spent a couple of nights in the International Youth Hostel, which has been built over ‘The Big... read more

Reviewed 20 April 2018
Andrew M
Sydney, Australia
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110 Cumberland St, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
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Reviewed 10 September 2018 via mobile

The Sydney harbour Yha is great and includes a great archaeological dig Witch is amazing great history and stories highly recommended when visiting Sydney worth the Stairs from George’ street and located in the amazing rocks area great hostel to Joel Sydney Australia stay at...More

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Reviewed 20 April 2018 via mobile

We spent a couple of nights in the International Youth Hostel, which has been built over ‘The Big Dig’. I find this sort of thing rather fascinating. There are display cases full of artefacts as well as information boards. The dig site is quite large...More

Thank Andrew M
Reviewed 2 February 2018

Behind the Susannah Place Museum, we found the Big Dig Archeology Education Centre. They were digging big time and they did great work. They had digged a whole block of houses. They had several panels that explained what we were seeing. Many artifacts were displayed...More

Thank Robby G C
Reviewed 13 August 2017

We stumbled upon this interesting site in the centre of the rocks area. What a find? Fortunately it was one of those days when we were exploring on foot and had no where to be by any given time. We spent at least an hour...More

Thank Nunngo
Reviewed 5 July 2017

I was totally unaware of this interesting sight in the heart of The Rocks. Hidden under the modern Youth Hostel is the "Big Dig" site. This displays the archaeological remains from Australia’s first European settlement. Archaeologists and lots of volunteers have uncovered remains of several...More

Thank Ali_Hawkins
Reviewed 6 April 2017

As they were building the YHA, they discovered the foundations of "old Sydney" that had been buried after an outbreak of plague. What I really liked was that they continued to build the YHA but raised part of it on piles, preserving the old foundations....More

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Reviewed 28 March 2017

Today, on a stroll around Circular Quay and the Rocks areas, I came across the Big Dig Archaeological site under the YHA accommodation at Sydney's Rocks district. I found a large area of open dig area protected by wire fences, located underneath the YHA building....More

Thank MWandAW
Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

A relatively unknown piece of Sydney history. It's an archaeological dig that shows the foundations of the earliest buildings in Sydney. It's very educational for the kids and there's plenty of photos that show what old town Sydney was like.

Thank Didge432
Reviewed 2 May 2016

Although set up mainly for educational purposes for students, the Big Dig Archaeology Education Centre also has workshops for adults. Of interest for tourists is the actual dig site which shows the remnants of one of the convict's houses (George Cribb). Also there are artifact...More

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