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The Rocks, Sydney

#1 of 903 in Historic Sites in Australia
Must see · 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. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to The Rocks by using our Sydney day trip site.
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  • You couls say this is Sydney's equivalent of an old town, nestled under the bridge, it has some of the oldest pubs in Sydney, which is very popular on weekends, starting on Friday night, it is...  more »
  • My granddaughter, daughter and I spent a couple of hours wandering around The Rocks area. It was good to see the markets there buzzing with people but it was not packed. Comfortable to wander...  more »

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