The Rocks, Sydney

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    Cadmans Cottage

    by cjg1 Updated Apr 8, 2010

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    The Exterior of the Cottage
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    Cadman's Cottage was once home to John Cadman and is now the oldest house in Sydney being built in 1816. The Sydney Harbour National Park Information Center is located here as well as a dig on the lower level you can walk through. You can't miss the cottage but it is a nice look back into history.

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    Manly, Port Jackson and The Rocks

    by Henk.Irene Updated Nov 13, 2009

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    Woke up early this morning by the Kookaburra's laughter. Eric has the beaches of Manly this morning show. The Palm Beach was beautiful, sandy beaches with palm trees and flowering shrubs with as background the blue ocean. Manly seems us a beautiful suburb of Sydney. After farewell of Eric and a cappuccino at the Manly Pier, with the ferry back to Sydney Cove and Circular Quay. A beautiful cruise on Port Jackson, a strait that through many immigrants as first was seen as the new homeland. Of Circular Quay, we walked to The Rocks. An old but colorful area of Sydney. An area known for Hans so he has given us a tour there. Streets full of cafes, restaurants, boutiques and shops. Our visit to The Rocks, we have completed in the oldest pub in Sydney. Then back to Richard and Maureen. There we have with a pleasant evening our visit to Sydney ended. Richard and Maureen thanks for your warm hospitality. Tomorrow morning we go to Tasmania.

    For a visual impression see my video Manly, Port Jackson and The Rocks .

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    Fascinating history at every turn

    by sirgaw Updated Oct 30, 2009

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    Under the shadow of the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge is the fascinating, historic area of Sydney known as The Rocks. Today it is a mix of quirky shops, art galleries, museums, bars, pubs, restaurants, the odd little park, walking areas, history, with the occasional accommodation establishment all somehow mixed together.

    The Rocks was the first area of Sydney to be settled in 1788 and therefore has a very important place in the history of Sydney and therefore Australia. As the settlement of Sydney expanded, The Rocks had a notorious reputation for crime - luckily for Sydney visitors, the area is well “gentrified” and the only chances of crimes are the high prices charged by some of the shops and restaurants.

    The Sydney Visitors Centre and The Rocks Discovery Museum are well-worth a visit and so too is strolling along the pedestrian only zones such as Nurses Walk - an area where the first hospital for the fledgling colony of New South Wales was established. Interestingly, the first members of the nursing staff for that hospital were convict girls and women.

    The overseas passenger terminal is located beside The Rocks and some of the ships are so large that they dwarf The Rocks area.

    During the weekends The Rocks Market is open along parts of Argyle and George Streets - check the web site for details.

    Included in the photos is a monument to the pioneers and quaint Atherden Street - both worth visiting along with a row of terraced houses, so popular in inner Sydney

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    The Rocks Discovery Museum

    by sirgaw Written Oct 29, 2009

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    Located in a renovated sandstone warehouse, The Rocks Discovery Museum has an amazing array of artifacts, time lines and so much more and all housed in a 2 story building that dates from the 1850’s. The floor boards creak and at times it’s necessary to duck the head when walking through doorways - perhaps we have grown taller in the past 150 years!

    The Rocks has been such an integral part of the history of Sydney and therefore Australia and we are lucky that so much has been preserved - and some was even found in rubbish dumps and now displayed in the museum.

    Interactive games for kids as well as intriguing exhibits from the past.

    Entry is free and the museum is open10am - 5pm daily (Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day)

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    The Sydney Visitor Centre

    by LadyRVG Written Jul 28, 2009

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    The Sydney Visitor Centre is full of information about Sydney; its attractions and history. Free information and literature is available ffrom 9:30am-5:30pm. The Visitors Cneter also has a large selection of Sydney Souveniers, books, toys and collectibles.

    Chris and I puchased some lovely Christmas Balls that has Sydney scenes handpainted on them. We got one for my Mom, Chris's Mom and one for our tree. We purchased THe Australian Night Before Christmas book for Chris's niece Ava as a gift.

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    The Rocks

    by muratkorman Written May 23, 2009

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    The Rocks consists of restaurants, fine colonial buildings, narrow streets and more. It is fun to take a walk in this area to enjoy the architecture and the warm atmosphere. At the weekends there is also Rocks Market for shopping where you can find food, fruits and crafts.

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    VISIT SYDNEY'S HISTORICAL ROCKS AREA..

    by DennyP Written Dec 1, 2008

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    WELCOME TO THE ROCKS...LOWER GEORGE STREET
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    When at the Quay..visit the historical Rocks area of Sydney...right by the Quay (FERRY WHARVES)at the southern end of the bridge and also lower George Street..situated in this area is what is left of the very first buildings that were built here at time of settlement..time obviously has taken its toll here with a lot of the buildings being demolished at the time of the plague in Sydney town..also being by the docks this was a certainly dangerous place to be at night in early days ..with all sorts of theives and villains occupying this area...There was a move to demolish most of the old buildings in the early seventies but thanks to the black bans introduced by the BLF unions and after many demos..these unique and prescious buildings of Sydneys heritage and history were saved..this historical area today can be enjoyed just walking around the streets and taking in this old part of Sydney...the first and oldest pub(s) are here (see my tips)and Cadmans cottage (headquarters of the NPWLS) National Parks and Wildlife Service..it is all so easily accessible by foot...

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    Miner's monument

    by b1bob Updated Jan 28, 2008

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    miner's monument in The Rocks

    The history of Sydney from 1825 until the 1860s is that of a prison slowly evolving into a society where free settlers and emancipated convicts worked together. The turning point occurred in May 1851 when Edward Hargraves brought 120 grams of gold to Sydney triggering the goldrushes. Overnight workers in Sydney downed tools and headed for the goldfields. Miners and prospectors from all over the world passed through Sydney eager to try their luck in the goldfields. The memorial (Monument) was erected by the Sisters of Mercy in dedication to the sick, injured or dead miners who helped shape the city. I took this picture in 1991 only because it stood out like a fly on a wedding cake.

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    Quaint shopping area and great cafes..

    by passingshadows Updated Jul 9, 2007

    The Rocks is a nice place to visit if you'd like to spend a leisurely day shopping and seeing the historic parts of Sydney. Most restaurants in this area are waterfront so it's a nice place to relax and have lunch or dinner while the rest of the City goes by..

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  • Take a Self Guided Audio Tour of The Rocks

    by rimu1 Written May 28, 2007

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    Sydney Harbour Bridge from Gloucester Walk
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    The Rocks is certainly a special place with a mix of old, historic buildings that you can smell the history in. Fortunately the whole area was saved from re-development in the 1970s and those old buildings now contain galleries, cafes, boutique shops and the museum or two.

    A great way to discover the stories behind the buildings and learn more about this area is to take a self guided walking tour. By following a route you will see the best of the area and not miss any of the mainmparts. By going self guided you can stop whenever you want for however long you want.

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    A "Must Do" in Sydney

    by chinaIze Written Jan 15, 2007

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    There is definitely something charming about The Rocks. Readily accessible by car, train, ferry or bus, this place and its cobbletone streets make you feel as though you are in London.

    The view of the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge is definitely something stunning.

    All visitors should definitely try The Rocks Cafe and their sticky date pudding! It's big enough to be shared by 2, so bring a date or a friend and spend an afternoon just admiring the historical landmarks of Sydney Harbour.

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    The Rocks

    by Joseph69 Written Jan 11, 2007

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    View of The Rocks from the Sydney Harbour Bridge

    The Rocks is a very historic area of Sydney... this is where it pretty much all began! There are numerous old pubs to enjoy a meal/beer, souvenier shops and the Sydney Observatory if you're into some night-sky viewing. This should not be missed!

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    The Rocks and Circular Quay

    by nora_south_africa Updated Nov 25, 2006

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    The Rocks is a maze of sandstone lanes, cul-de-sacs and courtyards, packed with shops.The Rocks was once home to Sydney’s dockworkers .Visit the Sydney Visitor Information Centre for the latest on what to do and see in The Rocks. Walk the foreshore from Circular Quay to below the Harbour Bridge.

    Climb the span of the Harbour Bridge with BridgeClimb or visit the Pylon Lookout.

    Book a Rocks Ghost Tour and learn about tales of murder, suicide, hanging and hauntings.
    The Rocks Markets are on weekends

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    The Rocks Market

    by lisha74 Updated Oct 21, 2006

    Only open on the weekend and some stalls could be kind of pricey, but nice for a walk-through nonetheless. If you're looking for traditional Australian souvenirs like opals or boomerangs, you'll find a big selection here.

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    Cadman's Cottage

    by saw50st8 Written Sep 13, 2006

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    The cottage is a small structure that was built in 1815 as Coxwain's barracks. It became John Cadman's residence in 1827. The building is actually below street level. Inside, you can see the old plumbing inside.

    Tue-Sun 10:00am-4:30pm
    Closed: Mondays, Christmas and Good Friday

    Free

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