The Rocks: Ex­plore Syd­ney’s his­toric quar­ter

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THE ROCKS IS SYD­NEY’S his­toric old town quar­ter, where colo­nial and mar­itime his­tory is pre­served in ev­ery piece of hand-hewn sand­stone, in the charm­ing cob­ble­stone streets and quaint her­itage ar­chi­tec­ture. It’s where Syd­ney first be­gan with the es­tab­lish­ment of the English colony in 1788. Since then it has been home to sailors, whalers and traders.

Its colour­ful his­tory was saved by a union-led protest in the 1970s which pre­served this unique part of Syd­ney for present and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions to ex­plore and en­joy. To­day, The Rocks is a unique des­ti­na­tion of­fer­ing early colo­nial ar­chi­tec­ture, his­toric pubs, ar­chae­o­log­i­cal dig sites, mod­ern restau­rants, fab­u­lous ac­com­mo­da­tion, unique shop­ping, gal­leries and mu­se­ums, mar­kets, live en­ter­tain­ment, leafy parks and spec­tac­u­lar views of Syd­ney Har­bour.

Take time to dis­cover the sto­ries be­hind ev­ery street cor­ner and ex­pe­ri­ence a precinct steeped in rich lay­ers of his­tory. To find it, take a 10-minute stroll down George Street (Syd­ney city’s main street) to­wards the Syd­ney Opera House and the Har­bour Bridge—you can’t miss it. Al­ter­na­tively, take a train or bus to Cir­cu­lar Quay and wan­der through First Fleet Park.

To make the most of your visit to this unique precinct, make sure to drop into the Syd­ney Vis­i­tor Cen­tre on the cor­ner of Play­fair and Ar­gyle streets. The friendly staff can as­sist you in your ex­plo­ration of Syd­ney’s his­toric vil­lage.

For a truly plea­sur­able Syd­ney shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence, wan­der the cob­ble­stone laneways of The Rocks and dis­cover a haven of spe­cial­ity stores, gal­leries and bou­tiques. Ex­plore The Rocks Cen­tre in the heart of the precinct for spe­cial shop­ping sur­prises. You’ll find fab­u­lous fash­ion, chic ac­ces­sories, fine food and sweet treats.

For those unique me­men­tos of your visit to Syd­ney, or trav­ellers’ needs such as guide books and maps, don’t miss the Syd­ney Vis­i­tor Cen­tre’s huge range of re­tail.

Around The Rocks, you’ll find other hot shop­ping spots in­clud­ing Met­calfe

The Rocks views. Photo: Prop­erty NSW.

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