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The Rocks

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The Rocks
As featured in 3 Days in Sydney and 10 other guides
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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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US$62.44*
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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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Great neighborhood but some parts are being gobbled up by developers who are flipping the houses for big bucks displacing the elderly residents. As a tourist, you might not notice... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great neighborhood but some parts are being gobbled up by developers who are flipping the houses for big bucks displacing the elderly residents. As a tourist, you might not notice this but you should be aware that the face of the rocks is changing.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The rocks has many a sight and things to do. This historical area of Sydney set next to the circular quay area of the harbour can keep you entertained for a full day. Take your time to walk around and view the older parts of Sydney whilst taking in some breathtaking views of the opera house and harbour bridge from... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Buzzy place great atmosphere and restaurant. Met up with an old school friend in the Glenmore what a place. Efficient service; great location with brilliant rooftop view over the Harbour.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Interesting to wander around the old streets and buildings. Plenty to see and there's an open air market at weekends. Susannah Place Museum is particularly interesting

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Rocks has two tours, a free tour you can do on your own. Or a paid tour but you must visit The Rock museum to buy a tour which is by reservations & different time frames. On Saturday they have a very nice Market called The Rocks Market Fair of vendors with necklaces, dresses, arts & crafts & lavender... More 

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We visited here on a weekend when the markets were open, lovely place, lots of unique stalls,it's buzzing at the weekends

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Although this is supposed to be the historic part of the city, I found it like a "fake" area only for visitors. Didn't like it that much

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The first place most people tell you to visit in Sydney is the historic Rocks district. And while a Saturday market or pub crawl can be enjoyable, it's certainly not a on my highlight reel. I enjoyed the walk, which at times was very hilly, and the scenery and views of the harbor and bridge are great. Just not my... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I heard about it and read about it so I visited it. You can get better photos of the bridge but really. A peaceful little area.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This should be on your 'must visit' list if you want somewhere to mooch about. Particularly good on a rainy day in Sydney as there's lots of places to zip into to avoid the downpours! Nice cafe and restaurant area, historic feel, nice perspectives of the Harbour Bridge looming above it.

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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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