Explore The Rocks
One of the most dynamic and interesting destinations in Oz, The Rocks is packed with history, art, culture, must-do activities, and it’s great places for brews, food and harbour views.
In short, it’s a one-stop spot for some of Australia’s most iconic sights and experiences.
Things to see and do at The Rocks
Just a few minutes stroll from Sydney’s CBD, this historic waterfront precinct is next to Circular Quay and looks out over the water to the Opera House.
There’s a lot to see and do at The Rocks, so allow plenty of time – especially if you’re into heritage-listed architecture, fascinating cobbled laneways and art galleries. The Rocks is a compact area, so your best bet is to go adventuring on foot.
Make your first stop The Rocks Visitor Centre to gather information, collect a free map for a self-guided walk, or book a guided tour.
The Rocks Highlights
One of your ports of call should be The Rocks Discovery Museum, which is in a fabulous 1850s sandstone building. Entry is free and children are welcome. It has wonderful displays of images and artefacts unearthed in The Rocks.
Don’t miss walking up Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylon. As well as being an awe-inspiring close encounter with one of the country’s most important structures, you’ll get jaw-dropping views of Sydney. You can get to the Bridge’s pedestrian walkway via the stairs in Cumberland Street.
Your bucket list should also include seeing ‘The Bounty’ docked wharfside at Campbell’s Cove – the paved area between several swish waterfront restaurants and the harbour.
By now you’ll probably be hungry and thirsty. Fortunately you’re spoilt for choice: The Rocks has many fine restaurants, cafes, cool pubs and funky bars.
A locals’ favourite is The Australian Hotel – one of the oldest pubs in Sydney and one of its most authentic. It’s perched on the hill in Cumberland Street. Tuck into a crocodile pizza and a cold beer while you enjoy some of Sydney’s best harbor views.
Alternatively, grab a coffee and takeaways for a picnic. The wharves and beautiful parks, such as Dawes Point Park at the northern tip of The Rocks, afford some magnificent views. Another great picnic spot is First Fleet Park between the Museum of Contemporary Art and Circular Quay. It’s an excellent vantage point for watching Sydney’s famous ferries go about their business.
Speaking of boats, at The Rocks you can jump aboard a Sydney Harbour Cruise. There’s a raft of cruise operators, with all kinds of vessels – from fast jet cruisers to majestic Tall Ships and authentic paddle-wheelers.