Arts and Culture in The Rocks

Discover the past on walking tours in The Rocks, from Aboriginal heritage to the British convict settlement to modern Sydney. A lively arts and cultural precinct, the historic Rocks and nearby Walsh Bay offer some of Australia’s best dance, theatre and visual arts too.

One of the best ways to explore The Rocks is on a walking tour. Step back in time with The Rocks Walking Tours or wait outside historic Cadman's Cottage every evening at 6pm for the I'm Free Tour. You'll explore the laneways, pubs and heritage buildings and learn stories of the colourful past.

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The Sydney Theatre Company, the Roslyn Packer Theatre and the Sydney Dance Company are also at Walsh Bay, where you'll also find cafes, restaurants and performance venues on beautifully restored timber wharves. You can even enrol in a dance class with the Sydney Dance Company.

To see some of the best of contemporary art, visit the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, which has a rooftop cafe with stunning views of the Sydney Opera House. With an emphasis on living artists, the MCA’s collection includes paintings, photography, video, sculpture and installation art.

The bustling Foodie Markets, in The Rocks on Friday

If you're exploring the cobblestone lanes and winding sandstone staircases on the weekend, head to The Rocks Markets, which has more than 200 stalls offering original artworks, hand-painted ceramics, crafts and prints as well as mementos and souvenirs.

Be sure to visit the Argyle Gallery and see its collection of Aboriginal paintings, glassware and woodworks, or stop by The Rocks Discovery Museum to explore an interactive collection of images and archaeological artefacts found in this fascinating area.