Discover Sydney’s past by exploring The Rocks, from cobbled laneways and sandstone warehouses to Australia’s oldest pubs. You can climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge for spectacular views of Sydney Harbour and enjoy walking tours, museums, galleries, markets and a delicious range of restaurants.
About the Rocks
As the strip of land where European settlers chose to step ashore in 1788, The Rocks is essentially the birthplace of modern Sydney. Discover the colourful history of The Rocks, from a British colony of convicts, soldiers and sailors to a thriving 21st century entertainment precinct, on various tours.
Amble along on cobbled laneways, enjoy a cool drink in Australia’s oldest pubs, and marvel at iconic attractions – the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. For breathtaking views of beautiful Sydney Harbour, ascend the bridge with BridgeClimb Sydney or go to the Pylon Lookout.
With many things to do and see, a great way to see The Rocks is on foot. There are markets, museums, galleries and delicious food and wine experiences. Take a self-guided tour or join The Rocks Walking Tours. The I’m Free Tour starts at 6pm from outside Cadmans Cottage, built in 1816.
Dave’s Pub Walks will take you to the colonial pubs in the area. The Rocks Dreaming Aboriginal Heritage Tour provides insights into indigenous culture. In a restored colonial sandstone warehouse is The Rocks Discovery Museum. You can also hire bicycles and pedal around the harbour foreshore.
A creative hub, The Rocks is home to the Museum of Contemporary Art. Check out the events calendar for exhibitions and celebrations such as The Rocks Aroma Festival. The Rocks Markets are enticing too, with the food market on Friday and the weekend market has more than 200 stalls.
Thinking of staying a weekend or longer? Accommodation options suit various budgets, from the Sydney Harbour YHA to mid-range options to five-star luxury. Getting to The Rocks is easy. You can walk north along George Street from the city centre or take a train, bus or ferry to Circular Quay.