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The Rocks

George & Playfair Streets, Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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  • The Rocks
    Lydia M
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    3 Nov 15, 2013

    Once you are in this place, for me I felt like its a different world. If you are here make sure you try the pancakes at "Pancakes on the Rocks". Those pancakes are the best! I found this is the only best place for me in this place. One inconvenient thing was we walked all the way from Opera house to this place and It was hard to locate restrooms here :|

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    Becky Mahan
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    4 Oct 26, 2013

    The Rocks is the Bohemian and often crowded section of Sydney, crawling with tourists, shops, and restaurants. You'll pay the tourist price for things here, too, except maybe at the Sunday Rocks market, where delightful little trinkets and crafts can keep you busy for hours. There are also wonderful views of the harbor, Opera House, and bridge from The Rocks - as well as the access point for the bridge climb/walk.

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  • The Rocks
    Jenny Weiss
    4 Oct 20, 2013

    The Rocks is a cool little area near Sydney Harbor that reminded me of a saloon-filled town in the Old West. It has a bunch of bars and restaurants with a cowboy-esque flair, and a lot of young people hang out in this area. Great to walk around and stumble upon a hole-in-the-wall type bar.

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  • The Rocks
    Matthew Crompton
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    4 Oct 18, 2013

    Take Sydney as a kind of playground, with certain neighborhoods being perfect for specific things, and you'll see why it's easy to like the Rocks. With heritage brick buildings and narrow lanes heading up the cliffs overlooking the harbour and the famous Harbour Bridge, you can't argue with the scenery, and though tourists will rightly decry its lower reaches as touristy, locals know that just up the hill it's a zone of amazing pubs with oodles of character -- some of the city's best. If you're in for a bit of a walk, head to the Lord Nelson Brewery, or just wander the lanes enjoying the erstwhile seafaring ambiance. Beware outlandish pricing at the restaurants near Circular Quay.

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  • The Rocks
    Stephen Bocking
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    4 Oct 12, 2013

    The oldest part of Sydney and easily the best. Lots of great pubs and restaurants and central to a lot of the Sydney icons (The Opera House, The bridge and the Museum of contemporary art)...Save money on a Sydney Harbor tour by catching a ferry from Circular Quay....

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  • The Rocks
    panda
    5 Mar 30, 2013

    Great area for exploring historic downtown. There's a path here that leads up to the Harbour Bridge which lets you get great views of Sydney harbour without doing the harbour bridge climb.

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  • The RocksPro 2014
    Wanugee
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    4 Feb 24, 2013

    The Rocks are an area of the north tip of Sydney proper that is a popular shopping and dining area, particularly for tourists. It is next to the Circular Quay, where you can catch ferries to other parts of the greater Sydney area, and not far off from the famous Sydney Harbour bridge.

    It is not unlike San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf and Ghiradelli Square area and Pier 39. Near the water, near the famous bridge, and full of tourists.

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    Yoko
    4 Feb 23, 2013

    Candle factory in Rocks.
    Many things are made of candles!!
    animals,sweets...and also opera house;))

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  • The Rocks
    Carol Flegel
    5 Jan 18, 2013

    So many bars and restaurants to choose from, very fun and high energy place after the sun goes down.

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    Nomadic by Nature
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    4 Jan 08, 2013

    The vibe is a touristy and overpriced, but there are some great views of the bridge and surrounds from here, and some nice places to grab drinks or a meal as long as you do not mind paying a couple extra dollars for being in the rocks.

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    Giovanna Söus
    5 Nov 22, 2012

    Great place for Saturday breakfast and some shopping on the street markets. This is one of my favourite places in the whole world. You can find anything from pancakes, beer, swiss chocolate, flowers, dresses, art, zen stuff... absolutely amazing!

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    Joseph Coureur
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    4 Nov 09, 2012

    The Rocks is the neighborhood under the southern landing of the Sydney Harbor Bridge. There's a park at the waterfront, which is swamped with tourists taking photos of the opera house, but farther away from the water are lots of things to do that the tourists haven't discovered.

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    Lina Samsudin
    4 Oct 17, 2012

    A nice place to hang out on a weekend. Hope the cute elderly couple selling Greek yogurt is still there. It's the best!

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    Alfredo Scimone
    5 Aug 29, 2012

    No better place to stay together...remembering the good old times in life and watching the future with a smile...

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  • The Rocks
    Jade Harley
    4 Jul 05, 2012

    The Rocks is one of Sydney's most historic areas, a favourite for tourists and locals alike. As the oldest area of Sydney, The Rocks features a wonderful mix of past and present. Check out the markets on the weekend, the best local pub is the Lord Nelson and for fine dining you have to try Pony Lounge and Dining on Kendall Lane.

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    Lightwork
    4 Jul 04, 2012

    I like The Rocks - but can someone please fix the pic? That is definitely not Sydney, but Cinque Terre (Manarola, I think)...

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  • The Rocks
    Margaret Miles
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    3 Jul 04, 2012

    go further back to get the old Sydney feel, around Windmill Street, the Mitchell Library also has etchings of this area at its prime in the 1700/1800's

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  • The Rocks
    Menske
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    5 Aug 26, 2013

    it Rocks!! like to stroll along the old buildings and see the wonderful views from here.

    Recommended for:Nightlife Lovers
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    Ivy Tsang
    4 Mar 06, 2013

    beautiful waterfront, very relaxing and surrounding with all different kind of restaurants...

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  • The Rocks
    Nicole Gauvin
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    4 Jan 11, 2013

    Great restaurants and shops. Lots of history. Lots of ambiance.

    Recommended for:History Buffs
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4.0 out of 5
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Description

The Rocks is a vibrant urban locality, tourist attraction and historic area located in Sydney's center. The Rocks was originally inhabited by the Indigenous Cadigal people until 1788, when Australia's first European settlers claimed the land. The name "The Rocks" is derived from the local sandstone used to construct many of the buildings. Since the arrival of European settlers, The Rocks evolved ... read more
from an open air gaol into a busy port community. While at The Rocks, visitors can purchase Australian-made souvenirs, explore the numerous restaurants and pubs, and visit historic buildings such as Cadmans Cottage, the Sydney Observatory and the Dawes Point Battery.

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