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. Summer of Gin at Grain

    Saturday 24 February 2018 to Friday 02 March 2018 ,

    Join Grain on a journey of flavour, appreciation and discovery with the Summer of Gin festival, 12 January to 2 March 2018. From an exclusive Grain Archie Rose Gin to house-made ginfusions, enjoy the spirit as you’ve never had it. The c…

    24 Feb - 02 Mar
  2. Chinese New Year at Café Mix

    Saturday 24 February 2018 to Sunday 25 February 2018 ,

    Feast your senses and celebrate the year of the dog with a sumptuous Chinese New Year buffet at Café Mix. Indulge in a delicious array of authentic Asian dishes including honey glazed barbecue pork, clay pot offerings and everyone’s favouri…

    24 Feb - 25 Feb