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The Rocks, Sydney

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Historic Walking Area Neighborhood
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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  • This is the area where the first Europeans came and settled and remains home to some of the original buildings plus a number of excellent museums. You can see dozens of old building that were from the...  more »
  • No matter what you cant visit sydney and not visit the rocks. Plenty of eateries, shoppping, weekend markets and boutique hotels.  more »
  • With cosy cafes, funky pubs, old world warehouse charm, this area along the Harbour, offers lessons in conservation with a modern touch. Perfect for a saunter and a stroll in the evening, it has a qua...  more »