Shop, dine and soak in the history in The Rocks, one of the most iconic neighbourhoods in Australia. Set beneath the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the former stomping ground for European settlers is now a hotspot for trendy cafes, bars and boutiques. Get lost in a maze of cobblestone laneways and stroll along the waterfront, where you’ll enjoy postcard-perfect views over Circular Quay.
Things to do in The Rocks
Learn about the neighbourhood’s colourful past at the Rocks Discovery Museum. Exhibits cover the evolution of The Rocks throughout the centuries, from its colonial past to the present day. Don’t miss the exhibits on the indigenous Gadigal People who have lived in The Rocks for thousands of years.
Shop for fresh produce, handmade gifts and more at The Rocks Markets. The open-air market pops up on the waterfront on weekends and showcases local artisans. Enjoy live music and fill up on delicious street food like hand-stretched pizza, Turkish gozleme and Spanish paella. The market is a short stroll from Dawes Point Park, one of the best places in Sydney to enjoy a picnic.
Admire works by Australian icons like Howard Arkley and Barbara Cleveland at the Museum of Contemporary Art. There’s a special focus on indigenous artists like Ngamaru Bidu, who is famous for her intricate patterns and vibrant colours. The MCA Café pairs excellent food with spectacular views over the Harbour Bridge and Opera House.
From budget-friendly bistros to upscale restaurants with incredible harbour views, you’ll find eats for every occasion in The Rocks. Sip espresso at sidewalk cafes and order craft cocktails and canapes at trendy bars. The Rocks is home to some of the oldest pubs in Australia, including former haunts for sailors, soldiers and convicts.
Getting around The Rocks
The Rocks is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot. The neighbourhood is a five-minute walk from Circular quay, where you’ll find ferry terminals, a train station and a light rail station. Sydney Airport is 30 minutes away by car or train.