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  • Address: George and Argyle Streets
  • Hours: Open daily
  • Admission: Free

With its Georgian sandstone buildings, narrow alleyways, historic pubs, and regenerated warehouses, The Rocks is one of Sydney’s oldest and most popular precincts. Set back from Circular Quay, it was one of the earliest parts of Sydney to be settled. Formerly a raffish area, today this city-center quarter has been gentrified and given a good polish.

You’ll find Sydney’s oldest pubs here, a vibrant weekend street market specializing in handicrafts, historic Cadmans Cottage, the Sydney Observatory, Museum of Contemporary Art, and a swag of shops and boutiques. Some of Sydney’s best restaurants are also here, including Sailors Thai, Altitude, Neil Perry’s Rockpool, and Doyles at the Quay.

The best way to get a feel for The Rocks is to just follow your nose down 200-year-old cobbled laneways like Playfair St, Mill Lane, and Nurses Walk.

Practical Info

The Rocks precinct extends behind the Museum of Contemporary Art and George St, best reached from the Circular Quay ferry, bus and train transport hub.

If you’re walking from Darling Harbour, access is from Hickson Rd. Streets include Kent St, Grosvenor St, Cumberland St and Argyle St, while to the north Dawes Point leads to the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

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Small-Group Sydney City Tour with Luxury Sydney Harbour Cruise

Take in the best of Sydney by land and water with a deluxe small-group city and harbor tour. Choose from two itineraries that include a luxury yacht cruise on ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: Varies

From USD $171.79

Private Tour: Sydney Sightseeing Experience

See the very best of Sydney on a private tour that takes in the city’s historic center and beaches, colonial heritage and natural beauty. Admire the historic ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 4.5 or 7.5 hours

From USD $141.09

Sydney: Bondi Beach and Kings Cross Tour plus Sydney Harbour Lunch Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 28 Reviews

See Sydney's spectacular icons, such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge and World Heritage listed Opera House, from the comfort of your lunch time harbor cruise ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $115.36

Sydney Day Tour with Optional Sydney Harbour Lunch Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 156 Reviews

Discover Sydney and its surroundings on a full-day tour that combines a morning visit to Manly with an afternoon tour of downtown Sydney and a drive out to see ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $95.44

The Rocks History and Pub Walking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Explore the historic Rocks district in Sydney with a knowledgeable local guide who shares tales from the neighborhood’s colorful past. Wander through alleyways ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $73.86

Sydney Chocolate Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Discover the finest chocolate treats in Sydney on a relaxed walking tour of six chocolate boutiques and specialty shops. Join an experienced local guide to ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $49.80

Sydney Guided Walking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 47 Reviews

Fall in love with Sydney on this 2-hour guided walking tour taking in the main sights of the Sydney Opera House, The Sydney Harbour Bridge, The Rocks and Hyde ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $33.20

Sydney and Bondi Hop-on Hop-off Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 818 Reviews

Explore Sydney and Bondi Beach on this hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour, which takes you by double-decker bus to 34 stops around the city including Sydney Opera ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 24 or 48 hours

From USD $33.20

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