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.

Streetscape, The Rocks

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.

Australia Day 2016

A creative hub, The Rocks is home to the Museum of Contemporary Art.  The Rocks Markets are enticing too, with the food market on Friday and the weekend market has more than 200 stalls. Check out the events calendar for exhibitions and celebrations around this historic quarter.

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.

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  1. Deadhouse Tales of Sydney Morgue

    Thursday 26 April 2018 to Saturday 19 May 2018 , The Rocks

    Immerse yourself in some classic Australian true crime as you’re guided through an 1850s sandstone building not far from the old Deadhouse in Sydney Morgue and Coroner's Court in The Rocks. The first Deadhouse season takes you back in time …

    26 Apr - 19 May
  2. The Night Is Ours

    Saturday 28 April 2018 to Saturday 23 March 2019 , The Rocks

    Everything you thought you knew about Saturday nights at The Argyle prepare to be amazed, as they’re upping the ante, as they launch The Night Is Ours. Week in and out, every Saturday night they’re bringing you a revolutionary entertainmen…

    28 Apr - 23 Mar