The Rocks, Sydney

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    The Rocks Walking Tour

    by margaretvn Written Aug 24, 2002

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    The Rocks Walking Tour is fun to do and you can get a free self guided tour sheet from the Rocks Visitors Centre at 104 George Street
    Open Monday to Friday: 8.30 to 5.30
    Saturday to Sunday: 9.00 to 5.00
    Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday.
    The Rocks was named by working parties of convicts who were first landed from the First Fleet in January 1788 on the rocky sandstone peninsula forming the western side of what is now known as Circular Quay. The Rocks is made up of 23 hectares of land. From the early 1880’s the city developed as a seaport and the Quay was surrounded by cheap lodgings, grog shops and brothels. The increasing population meant that there was a housing shortage. By 1900 the area around Cumberland street and Cambridge Street was a slum and the first case of plague was registered. 103 people died of it. The government demolished buildings on the peninsula in an effort to clean up the area. The harbour, built in 1926-32 cut the area of the Rocks in two. A review in 1983 sorted out the problem of economical realities and real estate development of the area and the wish to preserve the historical and sentimental value of The Rocks.

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    Photos in the Rocks

    by BlackPearl Written Aug 24, 2002

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    One funny thing we found in the Rocks (oldest part of Sydney) was a little photoshop in a small shopping mall. There you could get some photographs of you, looking like those from the 19.th century.
    The price should be around 30 A$. Pretty ok for such a fun. :o)

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    The Rocks

    by Koleno Written Aug 24, 2002

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    The Rocks
    The Rocks is the oldest part of Sydney and the most historical. This was the location of Sydney's first buildings and has been fully restored. The Rocks know offers some great shops, restaurant and pubs.
    Begin located next to the Harbour Bridge offers some unique views of the bridge, so bring your camera!.

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    Take a walk around the historical area

    by littleman Written Jun 29, 2013
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    There is always something to do in the Rocks as this is the main tourist area.It is a little overpriced but plenty of little shops/cafes tucked away down small lanes to visit.

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    The Rocks

    by Jim_Eliason Written Oct 26, 2008

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    The Rocks is the original city center founded with Convict labor in 1788. Today the narrow streets are full of tourist shops.

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    The Rocks

    by freemanexp Updated Mar 18, 2007
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    The date we did the city tour is on weekday. There was no weekend market but it is still a good place to take photos of the Sydney Harbor, the Sydney Harbor Bridge and the Sydney Opera House.

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    Sandstone Sculpture

    by saw50st8 Written Sep 13, 2006
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    Located in the Rocks, this sculpture shows the many sides of the settlers, including the convicts, the free settlers and the soldiers. The sculpture was built by Bud Dumas.

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    The Rock

    by imstress Updated Oct 5, 2005

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    Take a walk to the Rock where you can find the Visitor's Information Centre.

    Alot of restaurants are located in this area.

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    The Rocks

    by mario_spring_83 Updated Mar 27, 2005

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    Walking to The Rocks from Circular quay

    This is the oldest part of Sydney. Here you can find historic buildings and museums in addition to some good (and often expensive) restaurants. Walking here around is lovely.

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    The Rocks

    by MikeAtSea Written Jan 8, 2005

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    The Rocks

    The Rocks is Sydney's first settlement and a must for every visitor. Historic streets, excellent shopping and dining, museums and galleries are all lined up in this old part of Sydney.

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    The Rocks

    by joanj Written Dec 20, 2004

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    The Rocks

    The hisoric Rocks area is a joy to wander around.

    Settled first by convicts and troops in 1788, it is not a museum, but an area of 19th century heritage on the harbour.

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    The Rocks

    by mypriority Written Dec 25, 2003

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    The Rock

    Bunch of boutigue shops for retail therapy. A few minutes walk from Circular Quay. I'm not quite a shopping fan, so no detail on this section. : (

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    The weekend market in 'the Rocks'

    by coolbananas Written Apr 25, 2003

    This market contains stands with all kinds of art. There are live demonstrations by artists, you can get a Chinese massage and there's plenty more!

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    Go for a ride on the Aussie...

    by piersend Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Go for a ride on the Aussie Duck! It only operates on weekends, but is a really great way to see Sydney from the water and land!
    Amphibious landing craft, great fun for kids big and small!

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    algol's Things to Do Tip

    by algol Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Don´t miss one visit to the first urban site in Sydney. One of the sides of the Sydney Harbour Bridge is accessible from here.

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