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  • Address: George and Argyle Streets, Sydney 2000, Australia
  • 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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The Rocks Pub Walking Tour, Sydney, null
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The Rocks Pub Walking Tour

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Drink In History and explore Sydney's most historic settlement on The Rocks Pub Walk. This 2.5 hour small group historical walking tour visits four of Sydney's ...  Read more

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

From USD $60.74
Sydney Photography Tour in the Historic Rocks Area, Sydney, Bar, Club & Pub Tours
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Sydney Photography Tour in the Historic Rocks Area

Learn how to best use your digital camera in manual modes and master composition. Need a local professional photographer to show you the best spots at the best ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.16
2-Day Combo: Sydney City Tour, Sydney Harbour Lunch Cruise and Blue Mountains Day Trip, Sydney, ... 
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2-Day Combo: Sydney City Tour, Sydney Harbour Lunch Cruise and Blue Mountains Day Trip

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Spend one day sightseeing in Sydney and another day exploring the Blue Mountains with this combination of best-selling tours. Start in Sydney with a city and ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: Valid for 2 days over a 7 day period.

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Sydney Morning Tour with Optional Lunch Cruise and Sydney Opera House Tour Upgrade, Sydney, Lunch ... 
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Sydney Morning Tour with Optional Lunch Cruise and Sydney Opera House Tour Upgrade

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Explore the best of Sydney on this half-day city tour as you visit Sydney Harbour, Bondi Beach and the Rocks. Explore the iconic Mrs Macquarie’s chair and ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: Flexible

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

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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 $113.12
The Rocks History and Pub Walking Tour, Sydney, Lunch Cruises
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The Rocks History and Pub Walking Tour

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

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

From USD $36.67
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Private: Historical Sightseeing Walking Tour of Sydney, Sydney, Walking Tours
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Private: Historical Sightseeing Walking Tour of Sydney

Choose between a private one-on-one tour or a small-group private tour for you and 3 friends on this incredible historical tour of Sydney. Visit some of ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: Flexible

From USD $292.30
The Rocks Walking Tour: the Original Guided Walking Tour of The Rocks, Sydney, Private Sightseeing ... 
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The Rocks Walking Tour: the Original Guided Walking Tour of The Rocks

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The Rocks Walking Tour (est. 1978), is Sydney’s longest established walking tour and offers the ‘original’ guided walking tour of The Rocks! Tours depart ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $21.26
Sydney Ghost Walking Tour, Sydney, Walking Tours
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Sydney Ghost Walking Tour

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Delve into the supernatural side of Sydney on an evening walking tour that sheds light on the city's spooky past. During a leisurely 1.5-hour walk around The ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $25.81
Sydney City Private Tour, Sydney, Ghost & Vampire Tours
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Sydney City Private Tour

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Explore Sydney on a 9-hour private tour with a private guide who shows you the real Sydney. Your tour of the city can be tailored to suit your preferences; see ...  Read more

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

From USD $679.51

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