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.

Heritage listed Sydney Harbour Bed and Breakfast, 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.

Markets set up in The Rocks against the backdrop of the Harbour Bridge, Sydney

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. Festive High Tea at Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

    Wednesday 12 December 2018 to Monday 31 December 2018 , The Rocks

    Add a touch of festive magic to your seasonal celebrations with a merry Festive High Tea, created by Executive Pastry Chef, Anna Polyviou. Delight in three tiers of mouth-watering sweet and savoury treats including the fluffiest buttermilk…

    12 Dec - 31 Dec
  2. Giant Gingerbread Train

    Wednesday 12 December 2018 to Monday 31 December 2018 , The Rocks

    All aboard! They invite you to embrace the most wonderful time of the year and delight in the festive magic of their Giant Gingerbread Train, lovingly created by their very own Punk Princess of Pastry, Anna Polyviou. Treat your loved ones…

    12 Dec - 31 Dec
  3. Night photography class: The Rocks

    Wednesday 12 December 2018 to Friday 29 April 2022 , The Rocks

    Enjoy a hands-on learning experience in the beautiful area of The Rocks and its surrounds. If you have a DSLR or hybrid camera that allows for manual control of your camera then this is the perfect course for you. You'll get to shoot…

    12 Dec - 29 Apr