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The Rocks

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The Rocks
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Address: Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Phone Number:
+61 2 9240 8500
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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One of my favourite places in all of Sydney!

I've lived in Sydney all my life, yet I still thoroughly enjoy walking around The Rocks area. A place so rich in history, and cute buildings and streets that tell so many stories... read more

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Reviewed yesterday NEW

I've lived in Sydney all my life, yet I still thoroughly enjoy walking around The Rocks area. A place so rich in history, and cute buildings and streets that tell so many stories. Definitely recommend the Sunday markets! Great pink lemonade there.

Thank Sarah G
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Wow. The best wedding I have been to in years. Great music & views. The food beautifully presented. Unfortunately the restaurant is now closed for renovations. So put this place in your diary for 4 - 6 months time. Lovely Italian food, great view. Park on the street 4 hour limit, or valet park @ The Park Hyatt for $45,... More 

Thank Cynthia W
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

A once identifiable area of Sydney has now succumb to greed. Very little of old Sydney can be seen hidden amongst commercial enterprise. Everything here is overpriced, overcrowded and lacking the charm this area once had. There are still some good places to eat but at a price that is becoming common throughout the city itself.

Thank Michael T
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Great location. Lots to do. Always amongst a great atmosphere. Really nice places to dine, cafes, bars and restaurants. Awesome markets.

Thank Dorson82
Kansas City, Missouri
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Beautiful area that is worth a visit. Great pubs and restaurants in old historic buildings that take you back in time. I wish we would have found this area sooner in our trip because i would have liked to have stopped there more than once. Our Saturday before leaving was a beautiful day and they had a nice crafts festival... More 

Thank Duke D
Adelaide, Australia
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The rocks and surrounds are definitely worth a visit, cool cafés,bars,restaurants and markets. Great for a wander and bite to eat.

Thank discoadelaide
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you want some Sydney trinkets, this is the market for you! Some great eateries and small stalls. Perfect for gifts for yourselves or for your family and friends. Does get very busy especially when a cruise ship is in so, go early to avoid the main crowds.

Thank Phoebe1604
Rotorua NZ
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I love the area and have ben there many times. There is a cute little shop where both my grandfather and my father MUST have shopped back in the 1800's. The whole area is a 'timewarp', filled with pubs, restaurants, and features reminiscent of the period back in Australian history. You will not regret walking in the footsteps of a... More 

Thank chiliwilinz
Saugus, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Rocks area for food and quaint old town look. Try El Camino Mexican restaurant in the rocks. Monday through Friday, 5:00 to 7:00 is happy hour for Margarita's at $7.50 AUD frozen or on the rocks and $5 AUD beer. Food is good and not expensive. Night time can get busy so reservation is recommended. Nice to walk around.... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Loved staying in The Rocks. We walked to everything. Lots of tourist attractions accessible from here. Restaurants, great coffee and ferries to lots of places. Ferries were easy to use and affordable.

Thank gina238

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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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