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The Rocks, Sydney

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Must see · Historic Walking Area · Neighborhood
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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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  • Great on A Sunday. Went for a pub crawl and had a great lunch from the grill. Parking is hard to find so recomend catching public transport. 
    Great on A Sunday. Went for a pub crawl and had a great lunch from the grill. Parking is hard to find so recomend catching public transport.  more »
  • The oldest part of Sydney and no trip would be complete without a visit to wander around the Rocks. Lots of eateries, galleries, shops. Nice to visit the Contemporary Art Museum and eat at its... 
    The oldest part of Sydney and no trip would be complete without a visit to wander around the Rocks. Lots of eateries, galleries, shops. Nice to visit the Contemporary Art Museum and eat at its...  more »

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