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The Rocks Tours

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The Rocks
Located in central Sydney, the historic precinct of the Rocks is the oldest area in the city and the site of the first European settlement. Full of history and character, today the Rocks is home to fashionable boutiques, artisan markets, historic pubs, trendy restaurants, and a thriving arts and culture scene.
 
The Basics
Numerous Sydney sightseeing tours, focusing on history, culture, shopping, food, pubs, photography, or ghosts, will spend time in the Rocks. Walking tours of the Rocks can be combined with other top Sydney attractions and activities, such as the Sydney Opera House, the Royal Botanic Gardens, or Bondi Beach, or a Sydney Harbor cruise. Visit on a hop-on hop-off bus or boat to see sites at your leisure.
 
The Rocks is a great neighborhood to explore on foot. Highlights include historic Cadman Cottage, Susannah Place, and Foundation Park; historic pubs such as the Fortune of War and the Hero of Waterloo; great views from Observatory Hill; and arts and culture at the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Sydney Theatre Company.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Rocks is a must-visit for those with an interest in history.
  • Don’t forget your camera. Not only are there plenty of photogenic sites within the Rocks, but the neighborhood also offers spectacular views over the harbor.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes; some of the streets are steep or cobblestoned.
  • There is a Sydney Visitor Center located in the Rocks.
 
How to Get There
The Rocks is about a 5-minute walk from Circular Quay. You can take a ferry, train, or taxi to Circular Quay and then walk a few minutes, or take the bus to Bridge Street and walk north. There are a number of car parks in the Rocks area. From Darling Harbor, take Hickson Road via Walsh Bay.
 
When to Get There
The Rocks is a lively neighborhood and can be visited at any time. Popular markets include the Foodie Market on Fridays and the Rocks Markets on Saturdays and Sundays. The Rocks is a popular destination during holidays and celebrations, such as Australia Day on January 26 and New Year’s Eve.
 
The Rocks Discovery Museum
Open daily, this small museum houses an impressive collection on the history of the area, from before the arrival of the first Europeans. It’s a good first stop in the Rocks, and will offer context for later explorations. The museum also offers activities to occupy younger visitors, as well as a self-guided tour map of the neighborhood.
Address: George and Argyle Streets, Sydney 2000, Australia
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The Rocks Walking Tour: the Original Guided Walking Tour of The RocksCultural Tours

The Rocks Walking Tour: the Original Guided Walking Tour of The Rocks

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Delve into the history of Sydney and British Australia on a leisurely 90-minute walking tour in The Rocks district with an expert guide. Along with famous spots like the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, you’ll see historic buildings and colonial-era sites such as Cadman's Cottage and Garrison Church. Weave through old hidden alleyways, lanes and courtyards where the past comes alive as you hear fascinating stories of Sydney’s beginnings from your guide.
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The Rocks Ghost Tours with Guide in SydneyWalking Tours

The Rocks Ghost Tours with Guide in Sydney

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Stroll through The Rocks on this haunted tour in Sydney. Get access to what lies behind locked gages, on narrow alleyways, and exclusive locations while listening to creepy tales from a guide. Learn about Australia's convict history and how that has shaped modern Australia.
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Convicts and The Rocks: Sydney's Walking History Tour Led by HistorianHistorical & Heritage Tours

Convicts and The Rocks: Sydney's Walking History Tour Led by Historian

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Head to The Rocks to learn about Sydney’s colorful past. Your historian guide will regale you with stories of the first convicts to arrive in Sydney, their early experiences in Australia, and how they ultimately transformed a shanty camp to an enduring settlement. Listen to tales of street gangs, see the city’s oldest cottage, visit the Customs House, and check out maps and murals of old and new Sydney.
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The Rocks Pub Walking TourBeer & Brewery Tours

The Rocks Pub Walking Tour

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Discover the history of Sydney on a 2.5-hour walking tour and pub crawl in The Rocks. Your knowledgeable and entertaining guide takes you to four of Sydney's oldest pubs where you try a different glass of craft beer, cider, or wine in each venue. Learn about the early days of the British colony in Australia and hear the stories of these old-time pubs as you enjoy their rich atmosphere and tasty drinks.
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Taste of Sydney - Barangaroo & the RocksWine Tasting & Winery Tours

Taste of Sydney - Barangaroo & the Rocks

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Experience Sydney’s history, food, and culture on this guided excursion to Barangaroo and The Rocks. Enjoy amazing views at Barangaroo Park, sample Italian classics, local beer, and pub food—it’s included in the tour price. Then, head to the Rocks and learn about landmarks like the Opera House and Harbour Bridge with an informative local guide. Finish the night with a delectable dinner of fresh Thai cuisine.
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Sydney The Rocks Historical Pub Tour with Drinks and DinnerHalf-day Tours

Sydney The Rocks Historical Pub Tour with Drinks and Dinner

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Spend some time like a classic Aussie on a historical pub tour of The Rocks, Sydney’s oldest neighborhood. Join a fun-loving and informative guide, and visit some of the quarter’s oldest drinking holes to experience authentic Aussie pub life. Enjoy five drinks and dinner; discover pubs' behind-the-scenes secrets; and uncover the The Rocks' history, discovering how its drink spots have shaped local culture. Includes souvenir gift, photos, and discount vouchers for local shops and restaurants.
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2-Day Combo: Sydney City Tour, Sydney Harbour Lunch Cruise and Blue Mountains Day TripNature & Wildlife

2-Day Combo: Sydney City Tour, Sydney Harbour Lunch Cruise and Blue Mountains Day Trip

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See the best of Sydney when you book this combination of best-selling tours at a great savings. that includes a full day of sightseeing in Sydney followed by a day trip to the Blue Mountains. In Sydney, get to know the city and Bondi Beach on a coach tour, then take a Sydney Harbour lunch cruise to get out on the water. Visit the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains, including Scenic World, Featherdale Wildlife Park, Echo Point, Three Sisters, Katoomba and Leura, then return via a Parramatta River cruise.
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A Photoshoot Session For The Ultimate Sydney Experience At The RocksLuxury Tours

A Photoshoot Session For The Ultimate Sydney Experience At The Rocks

Shadowing the infamous Sydney Harbor bridge, the neighborhood serves as one of Australia’s most popular destinations for touristic sites and attractions. Besides its iconic bridge, the neighborhood provides a variety of attractions and entertainments for touristic and local enjoyments. Offering attractions ranging from picnic and bike tours, local and upscale culinary experiences, to modern art museums and galleries surrounding the clear-blue harbor, The Rocks neighborhood is a must-see for numerous exquisite landscapes and photographic sites for the ultimate photoshoot for a true Sydney-experience.
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Sydney Combo: Hop-On Hop-Off Harbor Cruise and Hop-On Hop-Off City Bus TourBus Tours

Sydney Combo: Hop-On Hop-Off Harbor Cruise and Hop-On Hop-Off City Bus Tour

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Customize your sightseeing in Sydney with a hop-on hop-off coach tour and harbor cruise. The ferry pass is valid for 2 days and the explorer pass is valid for 48 hours, giving you two full days to explore Sydney. The Sydney Harbour ferry cruise stops include Darling Harbour, Circular Quay, Luna Park, Manly, Taronga Zoo, Barrangaroo and more. The double-decker bus tour travels between iconic sites including The Rocks, Sydney Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens and Bondi Beach. Choose to hop off and visit places of interest, or simply remain on board for a comprehensive overview with recorded commentary.
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illi-Langi The Rocks Aboriginal Dreaming TourLuxury Tours

illi-Langi The Rocks Aboriginal Dreaming Tour

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Be touched by the most ancient human culture on earth in a 90-minute leisurely walkabout with an Aboriginal guide in The Rocks Sydney, and journey into DreamTime, the culture of Aboriginal People. illi-Langi The Rocks Aboriginal Dreaming Tour is 100 per cent Aboriginal-owned and was developed by Aboriginal Elder, Margret Campbell, a Dunghutti – Jerrinjah woman. It is led by Aboriginal guides who have her permission to share her cultural knowledge. The tour gives you the opportunity to discover how the ancient Aboriginal DreamTime is still alive within the modern Sydney landscape and how the billion-year-old harbour, marine environment, sandstone strata, waterways, flora and fauna continue to influence how Aboriginal people live today.
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Morning or Afternoon Half-Day Sydney City Sightseeing TourHalf-day Tours

Morning or Afternoon Half-Day Sydney City Sightseeing Tour

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Make the most of your time in Sydney on a morning or afternoon sightseeing tour that crams all the city’s best bits into just a few hours. Snap photos of Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge; visit the glamorous Bondi Beach; travel through The Rocks and Paddington; and take in the views from Mrs. Macquarie’s Point.
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Sydney Bike Tours

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Cycling around Sydney is the perfect way to sightsee in this gorgeous harborside city. Join your expert guide for a fun and fascinating look at up to 30 top sights, including the iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, along with many others. As you pedal around the city, learn about the history, culture and favorite local spots on your choice of four cycling routes. Choose from various tour durations depending on your schedule.
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Sydney Morning City Tour with Optional Lunch Cruise or Opera House Tour UpgradeHalf-day Tours

Sydney Morning City Tour with Optional Lunch Cruise or Opera House Tour Upgrade

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Discover Sydney’s glorious beaches and iconic landmarks on this half-day city tour – ideal for first-time visitors to get their bearings. Get a feel for local life as you stroll around the Rocks and lively Chinatown, then visit Mrs Macquarie’s Chair to enjoy magnificent views over Sydney Harbour, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. Finally, pay a visit to the glamorous Bondi Beach, with its famous lifeguards, golden sands and legendary surf.
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Sydney Half Day Luxury Private Tour - Morning or Afternoon AvailHalf-day Tours

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Sydney Half Day Luxury Private Tour - Morning or Afternoon Avail

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See the best of Sydney in this comprehensive 4-hour tour. Visit major sights like the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, and Bondi Beach, as well as some hidden gems off the tourist track. Enjoy a morning or afternoon tea with incredible Harbour views. This private tour can be customized to suit travelers’ interests.
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Sydney Ghost Walking TourWalking Tours

Sydney Ghost Walking Tour

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Come, if you dare, on a night-time stroll through the haunted corners of Sydney that contain mysteries with a supernatural twist. Your informative guide leads you on a 1.5-hour walking tour around The Rocks district, the site where Sydney was founded and a place full of spine-tingling stories and legendary ghosts. Historical events hold the keys to some of the paranormal phenomena, which include hauntings and ghost sightings that your guide explains in fascinating detail.
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Morning or Afternoon Sydney Highlights Tour with a Local GuideHalf-day Tours

Morning or Afternoon Sydney Highlights Tour with a Local Guide

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Cram all of Sydney’s most memorable landmarks into one tour! Enjoy a 4-hour sightseeing tour, jam-packed with photo opportunities and iconic sights, and pick up insider tips from your knowledgeable local guide. Take in the views from Mrs Macquarie's Chair and The Gap; marvel over Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera house; and visit bustling Chinatown. After strolling neighborhoods like The Rocks, Paddington and Woolloomooloo, head to the coast to discover Bondi Beach, Rose Bay and Shark Beach.
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Sydney: Bondi Beach and City Tour plus Sydney Harbour Lunch CruiseHalf-day Tours

Sydney: Bondi Beach and City Tour plus Sydney Harbour Lunch Cruise

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Enjoy a comprehensive introduction to Sydney with a half-day tour that begins with a lunch cruise on Sydney Harbour, followed by a bus tour that hits the highlights from central Sydney to the eastern suburbs. Admire iconic sights such as Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, drive through diverse districts including The Rocks, Royal Botanic Gardens and Kings Cross, and head to the coast to see The Gap, Bondi Beach, Rushcutters Bay and more. You’ll discover the best of Sydney and get insider tips from your local guide.
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Sydney Shore Excursion: Big Bus Sydney and Bondi Hop-On Hop-Off TourBus Tours

Sydney Shore Excursion: Big Bus Sydney and Bondi Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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When your cruise ship docks in Sydney, enjoy a family-friendly hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour that covers Sydney and Bondi Beach. Travel by double-decker bus with an open-top that allows for unobstructed views of all the sights, including Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Have the freedom to create your own itinerary, choosing from 34 stops where you can hop off and explore in depth. Ejnoy the informative pre-recorded onboard commentary in your choice of eight languages along the route, which includes Circular Quay, Kings Cross, the Rocks, Double Bay and Bondi Beach.
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Sydney Harbour Luxury Sailing Trip including LunchDay Cruises

Sydney Harbour Luxury Sailing Trip including Lunch

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Enjoy an exhilarating half-day sailing cruise on Sydney Harbour aboard a luxury yacht with an experienced captain. Take in stunning views of Sydney's waterside landmarks including the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Mrs. Macquaries Chair, Fort Denison, Watsons Bay, Sydney Heads and more. Anchor in a secluded bay in Sydney Harbour National Park with time for beach walks, swimming, snorkeling and a delicious lunch with Australian wine and beer. This small-group tour is limited to eight people, ensuring a personalized experience with your knowledgeable captain.
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Private Tour: Sydney City HighlightsDay Trips

Private Tour: Sydney City Highlights

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Get around Sydney in a day aboard a modern and spacious 8-seater Volkswagen minibus. With this private city sightseeing tour, you’ll cover plenty of ground, from Bondi to Manly Beach and Watson’s Bay. Hop off to linger at sights like the Sydney Opera House, and walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge from The Rocks to Milsons Point. This comprehensive itinerary offers one of Sydney’s best sightseeing values.
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Secret Food Tours SydneyHalf-day Tours

Secret Food Tours Sydney

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Benefit from exploring Surry Hills with a food-loving guide on a half-day tour of this fascinating district in Sydney. Discover places that most visitors miss as you stop into restaurants and cafes that serve up a range of delectable bites, with enough samples to make a hearty meal. You’ll also see landmarks including the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Royal Botanic Garden, and The Rocks.
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Story of Sydney TourHalf-day Tours

Story of Sydney Tour

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This comprehensive tour of Sydney is perfect for first-time visitors or those short on time. Spend a half-day immersed in the history and culture of Sydney, learning through stops at landmarks such as Chinatown, Darling Harbour, and Australia’s largest urban development, Barangaroo. Your guide will follow a curated itinerary centered on the history of Sydney from 1788 to modern day, adding commentary to illuminate the details.
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Brilliant Sunset Sydney Harbour Photography TourHalf-day Tours

Brilliant Sunset Sydney Harbour Photography Tour

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Snap spectacular photos of Sydney at sunset and master the art of twilight photography on this 3.5-hour photography tour of Sydney. Follow your guide, a professional photographer, around Sydney Harbour and The Rocks, then take in the views from Observatory Hill as the sun sets over the city. With expert advice to help you compose the perfect shot, master tricky lighting techniques and learn to use a tripod; you’ll be sure to take some impressive photos.
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See more of New South Wales with a small-group tour of the Blue Mountains with visits to Fetherdale Wildlife Park and Scenic World. See some of Australia’s unique wildlife, experience the Three Sister’s Rock formation and get a taste of small-town life with free time to explore the charming village of Leura. Then enjoy a river cruise from Homebush Bay back to Circular Quay and see the iconic Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbor Bridge up close.
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