The Rocks: Explore Sydney’s historic quarter
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.