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The Rocks is the oldest area of Sydney and has recently undergone an amazing metamorphosis, the old district being transformed into a vibrant pocket of cafes and restaurants and interesting tourist shops and stalls. This has been achieved without destroying the area’s Old World charm and historic buildings. Sydney’s town planners have put in place a sensitive conservation program that has preserved the heritage and character of The Rocks and brought about an interesting fusion of modern amenities in an old and valued setting.
The Rocks, along with Dawes and Millers Points, form Sydney’s oldest residential precinct–the rocky promontory where convict tents were erected in 1788.
Despite generations of change, traces of early convict settlements can still be found pubs and churches, archaeological digs and houses all evoke memories of past lives and ways.
The city’s oldest building, Cadman’s Cottage (circa1816), is located here, along with the Argyle Cut, excavated by convicts in the 1840s.
Enjoy the diverse selection of historic pubs offering everything from a quiet drink and a meal through to live bands and DJ’s.
On weekends and at festival times, there is usually free entertainment, with outdoor concerts and street theatre. Many of The Rocks’ pubs offer live music – jazz, folk and pop. The Rocks Market operates every weekend, from 10am to 5pm each day, and until 6pm in summer months. Some 100 stalls are set up under a series of sail-like canopies, filling the lower end of George Street . The stalls are filled with a wide range of Australian gift ideas, homewares and collectibles.
Of special interest to children is the Puppet Cottage, in Kendall Lane, while grown-ups may be more interested in taking a look at the colony’s first windmill, up on Observatory Hill, or dropping in to Sydney’s oldest remaining pub, the Lord Nelson, built in 1844.
Within The Rocks district the Museum of Contemporary Art, The Merchants House, Susannahs Place, Discovery Museum and Cadman’s Cottage (at 110 George Street), which was built in 1816 as barracks for the crew of the governor’s boats and is Sydney’s oldest surviving dwelling.
Museums, Galleries & Attractions
o Government House (HHT)
o Justice & Police Museum (HHT)
o Museum of Contemporary Art
o Museum of Sydney (HHT)
o Pylon Lookout & Exhibition
o The Rocks Discovery Museum
o S H Ervin Gallery
o Susannah Place Museum (HHT)
o Sydney Observatory
o Sydney Visitors Centre
East Promenade, Circular Quay
Tel: 02 9247 3800
Theatres & Performance venues
o Sydney Conservatorium of Music
o Sydney Opera House
o Wharf Theatre
Shop 22/The Rocks Centre Playfair Street The Rocks, NSW
Phone: (02) 9251 1445
Playfair Terrace (Old Sydney Holiday Inn)
Level 1/55 George Street The Rocks, NSW
Phone: (02) 9252 0524.
Vivaz Restaurant & Nightclub
80 George Street The Rocks, NSW
Phone: (02) 9251 4467
27 Circular Quay West The Rocks, NSW
Level 36 176 Cumberland Street The Rocks, NSW
Phone: +61.2 9250 6123
Blu Horizon Bar
Level 36 176 Cumberland Street The Rocks, NSW
Phone: (02) 9250 6000
Gloucester Walk, via The Argyle Stairs The Rocks, NSW
Phone: (02) 9241 3700
Level 1 176 Cumberland Street The Rocks, NSW
Phone: (02) 9250 6206
Fitness and Health
Alysium Spa & Health Club
Lvl 2 176 Cumberland, The Rocks 2000
Ausdance-Australian Dance Council (Nsw) Inc
The Rocks 2000
A major civic space, the forecourt to Customs House at Circular Quay.
Located in a quiet precinct, adjacent to historic St Phillip’s and St Patrick’s churches and the former Scot’s Church, this pleasant wedge-shaped park is a haven for office workers seeking sun and green grass.
First Fleet Park
Between the Museum of Contemporary Art and Circular Quay and ideal for basking in the sun, or just watching ferries and people go by.
Observatory Hill Park
Stunning views of Sydney Harbour, the Harbour Bridge, Walsh Bay, Parramatta River and Balmain from the highest point in the City.
Royal Botanic Gardens
Tropical plants, duck ponds, palm groves and stunning harbour views are just a sample of what you will find at these magnificent gardens.
The Rocks is best known for its gift, fashion, duty-free and ‘Australiana’ shopping. You’ll find dozens of enticing stores around George Street, Nurses Walk, the Argyle Centre and Playfair Street, and there is a good selection of Aboriginal and other art galleries.
There are also shops around Circular Quay, and upmarket clothes shopping at Circular Quay East, while The Rocks Market (Saturday and Sunday) and Sydney Opera House Markets (Sunday) are great places to browse or buy good quality gifts and crafts.
Phone: (02) 9247 3666