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The Rocks

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The Rocks
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Address: Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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The Rocks Pub Walking Tour
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Sydney Photography Tour in the Historic Rocks Area
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The Rocks History and Pub Walking Tour

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Back in Time

A walk around the rocks in an ideal way to fill a quite couple of hours, have a rest, refuel and then continue t do battle with crowded tourist gathering spots. In the past, the... read more

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Helensburgh, Australia
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Helensburgh, Australia
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

A walk around the rocks in an ideal way to fill a quite couple of hours, have a rest, refuel and then continue t do battle with crowded tourist gathering spots. In the past, the whole area was nearly bull dosed to make way for new high rise developments. Thank goodness for protestors as what is left is beautiful and... More 

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Vienna, Austria
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

A visit to the Rocks should bepart of every journey to Sydney. The Rocks are a living piece of Sydneys history with many interesting details to discover, many nice cafes and restaurants and many nice restored buildings.

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Curitiba, PR
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

I loved The Rocks, probably my favorite area of the city! The narrow streets, the great view to the harbour, the Opera and the Harbour Bridge are rewarding. There are some good options for dining and shopping as well. I took the Free Tour, with the guy in the green T-shirt, and it was interesting.

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London, United Kingdom
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Slightly disappointing as was expecting a much more historical experience. That said in the back streets there are some nice shops, but the food places are on the more expensive side. worth a look but not if you are on a tight schedule as there are better places to see.

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were lucky to find our hotel in this area. It was an awesome area to begin the exploring of the Sydney area and The Rock area. You can get maps with lots of info explaining the history of The Rocks. There are lots of small places to have any type of food you would like.

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Definitely take some time to walk around this area if you like history or architecture. This neighborhood is different than anything else you will experience in Sydney.

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Nice old buildings and great history behind this area but very touristic and the day I visited a cruise ship had just come in so it not very authentic.

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Cochrane, Canada
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

You will want to start your walk at the information centre. There is so much information and interesting buildings. The walk is about 2 hours and does have stairs and steep inclines. I believe you can also do guided tours that I'm sure would be even more informative. I would highly recommend burgers and ribs for great meal at the... More 

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Cool place, with a lot of bars, restaurants, night clubs And Small shops, Nice people walking around having Fun.

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Waukegan, Illinois
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is at the back of our hotel( Old Holiday Inn) ,walking distance & easy to find even without map .This is also a favorite among tourist & local as well who eat, wander & shop for fresh veggies & other produce. You can shop for Opal jewelries, price a little bit pricey, so with their other misc. accessories .Nice... More 

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The first residents of the Rocks were convicts and sailors from the old nation. As the oldest neighbourhood in the city, the area's cobblestone streets host more than 100 heritage sites and buildings, including the oldest house in Sydney, Camden Cottage, which was built in 1816. Taste a “midi “ or a “schooner” of beer and dine “al fresco” on the waterfront at some of the oldest pubs in Sydney. The weekend markets at the Rocks are where you can find local artists' hand-made souvenirs, organic food and designer jewelry in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. To enjoy some of the best Australian and international contemporary art, the MCA museum is open every day and select evenings. At the end of a long day of sightseeing, be sure to save energy to dance the night away at the area's many late night entertainment venues.
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