Considered the birthplace of modern Sydney, The Rocks is a labyrinthine maze of cobblestone lanes and historic structures perched beneath Sydney Harbour Bridge. The open-air Rocks Markets buzz with energy, with about 200 stalls selling artisanal clothing, jewellery, textiles and paintings.
The Rocks is home to Sydney’s oldest and dearest pubs and restaurants, which offer beautiful harbour views. On Fridays, The Rocks Foodies Market showcases mouth-watering upscale street food, while restaurants and bars offer happy hour cocktail specials and live music.
Along the harbour promenade, you’ll pass street performers and musicians and can join walking tours to hear tales of the district’s storied past. Stop by the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and Argyle Gallery. If you’re lucky, you’ll run across one of The Rocks poetry, crafts or artisan pop-up projects.
Getting around The Rocks
The main entrance to The Rocks is from George Street, which is a short stroll from Circular Quay when arriving by train or ferry. It’s also less than a 15-minute walk from the Town Hall and Wynyard stations.