The Rocks Arts and Culture

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Heritage walks in The Rocks and Walsh Bay

Discover the past on walking tours in The Rocks, from Aboriginal heritage to the British convict settlement to modern Sydney. A lively arts and cultural precinct, the historic Rocks and nearby Walsh Bay offer some of Australia’s best dance, theatre and visual arts too.

  • 19th Biennale of Sydney, MCA, Sydney

Experience arts and culture in The Rocks

Discover the past on walking tours in The Rocks, from Aboriginal heritage to the British convict settlement to modern Sydney. A lively arts and cultural precinct, the historic Rocks and nearby Walsh Bay offer some of Australia’s best dance, theatre and visual arts too.

One of the best ways to explore The Rocks is on a walking tour. Step back in time with The Rocks Walking Tours or wait outside historic Cadman's Cottage every evening at 6pm for the I'm Free Tour. You'll explore the laneways, pubs and heritage buildings and learn stories of the colourful past.

Bangarra Dance Theatre, Sydney

The Sydney Theatre Company, the Roslyn Packer Theatre and the Sydney Dance Company are also at Walsh Bay, where you'll also find cafes, restaurants and performance venues on beautifully restored timber wharves. You can even enrol in a dance class with the Sydney Dance Company.

To see some of the best of contemporary art, visit the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, which has a rooftop cafe with stunning views of the Sydney Opera House. With an emphasis on living artists, the MCA’s collection includes paintings, photography, video, sculpture and installation art.

If you're exploring the cobblestone lanes and winding sandstone staircases on the weekend, head to The Rocks Markets, which has more than 200 stalls offering original artworks, hand-painted ceramics, crafts and prints as well as mementos and souvenirs.

Be sure to visit the Argyle Gallery and see its collection of Aboriginal paintings, glassware and woodworks, or stop by The Rocks Discovery Museum to explore an interactive collection of images and archaeological artefacts found in this fascinating area.

  1. Argyle Gallery

    Argyle Gallery

    Argyle Gallery at The Rocks in Sydney presents a collection of all Australian and Aboriginal art and fine crafts. All works are sourced directly from artists and Aboriginal communities. Argyle Gallery also carries a...

  2. Ken Done Gallery

    Ken Done Gallery

    Ken Done's first solo exhibition was held in Sydney in 1980. Since then, he has held over 50 one-man shows, including major exhibitions in Australia, Europe, Japan, and the USA. His work has been described as the most...

  3. Sydney Photography Tours

    Sydney Photography Tours

    Sydney Photography Tours slogan is 'Unlock Your Creativity' which is exactly what they do when they teach you all about photography. Shoot in manual modes.Come along and learn digital photography from a...

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