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The Rocks, Sydney

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Sitting in the shadow of downtown Sydney, the cobblestone walkways and pastel-colored colonial-style buildings of The Rocks form a juxtaposition with the shiny modernness that characterizes much of the city center. Settled in the late 18th century, the area quickly became a haven for a motley mix of sailors, petty criminals, and prostitutes. Now this upscale neighborhood houses fine-dining restaurants, boutiques, and art galleries. You can step back into Sydney's colorful past by visiting local historical attractions such as Cadmans Cottage, the Garrison Church, the Merchant's House, and Fort Phillip Signal Station. Plan to visit The Rocks and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Sydney attractions using our Sydney trip itinerary builder.
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  • The rocks has huge historical significance on both sides of Australian history. However, it is badly signposted. It is lost to the Harbour, and there are no clear pathways for tourists to follow to ma...  more »
  • I am so glad that I stayed in The Rocks area of Sydney. I loved the atmosphere, the nearby attractions and the fact that I could walk to see the sights I wanted to see. The area is full of delightful ...  more »
  • Of historical significance but only worth an hour or two. We were hoping to see an "old town" with many quaint shops and restaurants. Didn't find it to be so.