The Rocks, Sydney
One of the first churches in Sydney was located at the top of the Rocks in a place called Miller's Point. This church is the Garrison Church that is still occupying the space today.
The church was built in 1840, and was originally to be known as the Church of the Holy Trinity, but popularly became known as the Garrison Church based on its proximity to the stockpile of weapons for the Commonwealth.
For many years personnel from the nearby Garrison have been attending this church, and still do today.
It is a really nice walk from the Rocks Cumberland Street, through the subway to Fort Street, to the Observatory Park. Go up the hill to the left to get to the Observatory. The gardens and old buildings are superb, and they don't even charge you to go in and see the displays and museum!! Outstanding!
As you're strolling along George St. in The Rocks, you might run across the oldest pub in Sydney. Apparently no one told the patrons that others have sprung up. They all looked like they were around back when this one first opened...
Take the ferry to 'Pinch Gut' That's the small island in the Harbour, where my ancestors were chained, and that's what you looked like when you left - if you left! a Pinched Gut! Walk to the 'Rocks' and take the Argyle Cut to the last remnant of Old Sydney. the Argyle Cut is the roadway cut through solid rock by my ancestors, two men chained together at the ankle, if one fell, the other had to pick him up, carry him, and do his work at the same time. there are two (2) Pubs there, both have the tunnels from their cellars to the waterfront, once used by smugglers to earn a living, visit them, you will enjoy yourself.
An area called the Rocks is in walking distance from the Sidney Harbour. Take a stroll around and view the combination of old ( as old as anything in Australia can be ) architechture and the modern office buildings. In between you'll find great places to have lunch or a beer when you need to rest your feet.
Just North of the Observatory, a couple of quiet streets with iron fenced buildings.
The kind of place that gives you a stupid touristy smile when visiting at slow pace, under the January sun :)
Just so you can see the 'The Rocks' really involves ROCKS. I was told that the gray highrise on top was public housing! [It has a great view of the harbor.]
If you're lucky you might be able to see this MIME at Circular Quay. Hmmm...A male dressed in a female Victorian period dress.