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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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Sydney Walking Tour: The Rocks Including Wine Tasting and Aussie BBQ

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

History comes alive on a guided walking tour through Sydney's historic Rocks precinct. Join your local guide to visit the pubs, lanes and buildings that make ...  Read more

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

From USD $133.61

Sydney and Bondi Hop-on Hop-off Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 764 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 $36.86

Sydney Day Tour with Optional Sydney Harbour Lunch Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 151 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 $105.97

Sydney Guided Walking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 46 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 $36.86

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

4.5 star rating: Recommended 26 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 $128.09

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 $133.52
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