The Rocks, Sydney

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#1 of 386 in Historic Sites in Australia
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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  • August 16, 2017
    This feels like it was from 100 years ago! I really liked the area and wish I could have spent more time here. It's right by the Circular Quay so easy to get to.  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Old buildings very well-kept, peacefulness and Sundays have an excellent craft fair.
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  • August 15, 2017
    I don't see the interest in this place. It was quite dead, and the area is not big at all. Unless you want to see something in particular, I wouldn't bother coming here.  more »

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