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The Rocks Arts and Culture

  • The Rocks art gallery
  • The Rocks person moving through art gallery


Heritage walks in The Rocks and Walsh Bay

This harbourside precinct is one of Sydney’s liveliest arts precincts. A full calendar of events throughout the year offers the best of dance, theatre, visual arts and an annual writers’ festival.

Must Do

Experience the Arts and Culture in The Rocks

The Rocks is a historic inner-city precinct known for its flourishing arts culture and lively streets scattered with a diverse range of cafes, restaurants and pubs.

Go to the Museum of Contemporary Art and wander galleries of paintings, sculptures, multimedia displays and photography exhibitions from around the world.

Stroll down historic cobblestone lanes and winding sandstone staircases until you stumble upon The Rocks Weekend Market. Sample seasonal fruits or decadent gourmet cheeses while browsing over 200 outdoor stalls offering the latest in fashion, original artworks, hand-painted ceramics, crafts and prints.

Be sure to visit the Argyle Gallery, where you will find a collection of Aboriginal paintings, glassware and woodworks or stop by The Rocks Discovery Museum to explore an interactive collection of images and archaeological artifacts found in the historic area. World class dance, theatre and performance from Bangarra Dance Theatre, Sydney Theatre Company and Sydney Dance Company hits the stages of Walsh Bay.

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