The Rocks, Sydney

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    Visit the Rocks, Sydney's historic heart

    by 850prc Updated Jul 22, 2005

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    The Historic Russ Hotel Building, the Rocks

    "The Rocks" is site of Sydney's oldest settlements. Years ago, prostitutes, hoodlums, criminals and probably politicians (just joking) used to roam these streets, making life a bit dicey.

    Today, "The Rocks" has been gutted and restored as a historical treasure. It's now home to cafes, pubs, shops and other items of tourism interest.

    On Saturdays, there is a huge outdoor market held at the Rocks, and we had a chance to enjoy it. There's nothing of major consequence for sale at said market....just lots of "flea market" type stuff... Jellies and jam, calenders, handicrafts, music, incense, and even emu oil. (see my warning regarding emu oil. : )

    There are quite a few restaurants in "the Rocks", and some of them are quite pricey. We had some pizza at Zia Pina (see tip), and it was very good. I also noticed the famous Lowenbrau Keller on our way down George Street. They advertise it as being the place where "it's always Oktoberfest". Looked kind of like Oktoberfest to me, except that a few patrons weren't completely drunk. ; )

    Anyway, go explore the Rocks. See what treasures you can dig up. BTW, you'll be passing through the Rocks on your way to the Harbour Bridge.

    If you'd like to take an official walking tour of the Rocks, contact "The Rocks Walking Tour" at phone number 02 9247 6678.

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    Observatory

    by martin_nl Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Observatory

    The first building at the same place where you will now find the Observatory, used to stand a windmill and that was also the first european building. The Observatory houses some of the oldest astronomical instruments of Australia. Entrance to the Observatory is free. However if you want to have a peek through the telescopes you have to make an appointment for the evening and then you do have to pay a few dollars.

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    Take a walk at the Rocks

    by Gypsystravels Updated May 16, 2006

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    Harbour Bridge view from The Rocks

    The Rocks is one of the most-visited parts of Sydney. Nestled at the foot of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and on the western shores of Sydney Cove, The Rocks is the foundation place of Sydney and Australia, and of enormous historical signifiance. It is often described as "Sydney's outdoors museum". The Rocks is the oldest area of Sydney and has recently undergone some amazing changes. The old district has been transformed into an area of vibrant cafes and restaurants along with interesting tourist shops and stalls.

    The Rocks is Sydney's oldest preserved colonial district and through the transformation has brought about an interesting fusion of modern amenities in an old and valued setting. Most activities centre around walking, looking and eating.

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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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    The Rocks

    by FlyingShanice Written Apr 25, 2004

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    The Rocks Yeah ~~

    The Rocks is nestled at the foot of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and on the western shores of Sydney Cove. It is the foundation place of Sydney and Australia, and of enormous historical signifiance. It is often described as "Sydney's outdoors museum".
    The Rocks is the oldest area of Sydney and has recently undergone an amazing metamorphosis, the old district being transformed into a vibrant pocket of cafes and restaurants and interesting tourist shops and stalls. This has been achieved without destroying the area's Old World charm and historic buildings. Sydney's town planners have put in place a sensitive conservation program that has preserved the heritage and character of The Rocks and brought about an interesting fusion of modern amenities in an old and valued setting.

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    The Rocks Market

    by ATXtraveler Written May 7, 2005

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    Sarah at the Rocks

    Although alot of travel trips are not booked perfectly, if your plans include a weekend in Sydney, I would highly recommend strolling through the Rocks. On weekends it is turned into a large shopping area where you can haggle on some great local art, handicrafts and also sample some unique food. Although alot of the shops in this marketplace also have storefronts throughout Sydney, your best bet is to come in late in the day when the shop owners are fretting over having to pack up all the wares to ship back to the store, and might be enticed to drop a couple bucks off the price rather than repack.

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    The Rocks

    by martin_nl Written Nov 2, 2004

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    Live music in the Rocks

    The Rocks was the first european settlement in Australia. It wasn't a very nice nice place and it hasn't been for a very long time. Development in the 70's turned everything for the better, and also into the historic precinct that it still is nowadays. It's wonderful to walk around here, especially in the weekend when it is at it's most lively, with live music and of course the Rocks Market. In the Rocks you will also find the Observatory and the start of the Harbour Bridge!

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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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    The Rocks

    by RedEaredPanda Updated Sep 8, 2005

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    The Rocks is one of the most-visited parts of Sydney. It is not hard to see why. Nestled at the foot of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and on the western shores of Sydney Cove, The Rocks is the foundation place of Sydney and Australia, and of enormous historical signifiance. It is often described as "Sydney's outdoors museum".

    There are plenty of restaurants and coffee shops as well as little stores along the street.

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    THE ROCKS

    by amyhenderson Written Mar 10, 2004

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    The Rocks is one of the most-visited parts of Sydney. It is not hard to see why. Nestled at the foot of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and on the western shores of Sydney Cove, The Rocks is the foundation place of Sydney and Australia, and of enormous historical signifiance. It is often described as "Sydney's outdoors museum".
    The Rocks is the oldest area of Sydney and has recently undergone an amazing metamorphosis, the old district being transformed into a vibrant pocket of cafes and restaurants and interesting tourist shops and stalls. This has been achieved without destroying the area's Old World charm and historic buildings. Sydney's town planners have put in place a sensitive conservation program that has preserved the heritage and character of The Rocks and brought about an interesting fusion of modern amenities in an old and valued setting.

    Most activities centre around walking, looking and eating. The Rocks is Sydney's oldest preserved colonial district so the main emphasis is on the historical importance of the area. The Sydney Visitor Centre, at 106 George Street, is a logical and excellent starting point. This centre has a wealth of information on points of interest around The Rocks and provides free information and literature, as well as having souvenirs and momentos that can be purchased.

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    The Argyle Cut

    by Quero Written Nov 25, 2004

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    The Argyle Cut is a tunnel along Argyle Street which was chisled by hand out of the bedrock by convict labor. It took over 20 years to complete the work. When you walk through the tunnel you can notice the individual chisel marks in the stone. It gives you a real sense of the dynamics of the early society in Sydney.

    Unfortunately, the photo didn't come out... but anyway, here is a picture of the stairs leading down from Cumberland Street, which runs above the tunnel, to Argyle Street at the tunnel entrance.

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    The Rocks

    by bijo69 Written Mar 27, 2006

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    This is the place of the first Euopean settlement in Sydney. The area has been redeveloped in the 1970ties and now is a nice area full with small restaurants, galleries and souvenir shops.
    It's an excellent place to go for a stroll and have a drink afterwards.

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    The Rocks Market

    by martin_nl Written Nov 2, 2004

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    The Rocks Market

    Every weekend in the Rocks you will find a very nice, but busy and touristic market, the Rocks Market. It's great to browse through all the stuff for sale here. Most of it is Australiana, and though usually more expensive then in the rest of Australia you have everything here. So if you want to buy everything at one place before leaving the country this would be a good place to do so. And if not, it's nice to see what's on sale in the rest of the country and a good place to compare prices.

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    The Rocks

    by leffe3 Written Feb 4, 2004

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    In the shadow of Sydney Harbour Bridge, The Rocks, site of the first landing in 1788 in what became known as Sydney Cove, is one of the city's main attractions.

    Sadly, much of the 18th and 19th century original was demolished to make way for the new city in the 1960s, but sense prevailed and what remained became protected and consequently converted into shops, restaurants and bars!! But there are some historic sites mixed in among the commercial outlets, cobbled streets and great views of the Bridge and Opera House.

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    Colonial Australia

    by Marpessa Written May 8, 2004

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    Postcard - The Rocks

    To the left of Circular Quay there is an area known as 'The Rocks'. It is a glimpse of colonial Australia - as this area is historically important as the foundation of Sydney and Australia when she was young. It is only a glimpse because it is full of 'Australiana' type places - souvenir stores, etc. But the architecture, tree lined streets, Argyle Cut (a 'tunnel' under the road leading up to the Sydney Harbour Bridge) and the ambiance of the place is very nice and relaxed.

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