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The Rocks and Circular Quay

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Some architectural details in The Rocks, Sydney The Rocks and Circular Quay Historic harbourside area with shops, pubs and restaurants.

 


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Must do

Fast facts

  • Where Sydney's convict days blend with life today
  • City centre
  • Five-minute walk from Circular Quay

Why go there

Bursting with a colourful history dating back to convict days, The Rocks is a maze of sandstone lanes, cul-de-sacs and courtyards, jam-packed with shops, warehouses and terraces that were built in the early 19th century.

While The Rocks was once home to Sydney’s dockworkers and stevedores, it’s now a magnet for international visitors, who flock to its many shops, boutiques, pubs and restaurants.

Things to do

  • Visit the Sydney Visitor Information Centre for the latest on what to do and see in The Rocks.
  • Walk the foreshore from Circular Quay to below the Harbour Bridge.
  • Climb the span of the Harbour Bridge with BridgeClimb or visit the Pylon Lookout.
  • Explore shops and galleries in converted workmen’s cottages and sandstone terrace houses in Playfair Street.
  • Book a Rocks Ghost Tour and learn about macabre tales of murder, suicide, hanging and hauntings.

Don’t miss

  • A Rocks Walking Tour.
  • Sydney’s oldest pubs, including the Fortune of War, Hero of Waterloo, Lord Nelson and the Orient.
  • Museum of Contemporary Art.
  • Rocks Markets on weekends.
  • Australia Day celebrations on 26 January.

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  • Circular Quay, Image Hamilton Lund

     

Towns within The Rocks and Circular Quay

Some architectural details in The Rocks, Sydney The Rocks and Circular Quay Historic harbourside area with shops, pubs and restaurants.

 

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