The Rocks, Sydney
If your wanting to check out a classic aussie pub then you cant go past The Fortune of War
They serve great australian beer here nice and cold of the tap ,as aussies wouldnt have it any other way believe me . This pub is also a meeting place for war veterans after there anzac marches held annually and inside youll find memorabillia on world war 2.,Oh and i forgot to mention its sydneys oldest pub dating back to 1828 .
Yes, a twist. This is where it all started. The twisty, hillly little lanes leading up from and parallel to the shoreline of Sydney Cove across the water from the Opera House is the area of the first settlement that is now Sydney.
Wander around a bit to see a statue called "First Impressions," which features the shapes of three types of settlers carved *into* sandstone slabs.
Then sneak around behind a row of tourist shops through an archway between two of the shops to Founder's Park. Here you can see what is left of a cluster of homes that were demolished during the bubonic plague in 1900 (photo).
The Rocks is one of the most-visited parts of Sydney and is the foundation place of Sydney so is of enormous historical signifiance. It is often described as "Sydney's outdoors museum".
The Rocks 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.
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.
Woops,..........wrong rocks haha.
I had to mention it and this is the closest pic I could find of The Rocks..lol.
The Rocks is a quaint spot within walking distance from the Harbour. It is very European looking with cute cobblestone streets and lots of gift shops, cafes and pubs. I love it there and I'm sure you will too.
The Rocks is definitely an area that you should check out. This is one of the oldest areas in Sydney; the buildings are some of the oldest you'll find in the city and they are beautiful. Many areas of The Rocks have been renovated, and now it's a big shopping and restaurant area. There are a lot of touristy and artsy shops here. Prices, for the most part, are on the high side, but not as bad as you'd expect. There are some great bargains if you look around. About 1 block off the main road that runs along the water, there's the amazing take-away place that has Greek food - it has some of the best souvlaki and gyros that I've ever had.
It's worth taking a walking tour of The Rocks if you are going to go. Stop into the tourist center (the big white building on the main street); they sell pamphlets so you can take a self-guided tour, and they also run tours led by volunteers/historians. I took the guided tour; it lasted about 1.5 hours and the cost was very reasonable. I recommend this! I learned so much about Sydney and Australian history and also got much more info about the buildings and the area. My guide was a woman who had just finished her MA in history. She was so informative and enthusiastic!
On weekends and at festival times, there is usually free entertainment, with outdoor concerts and street theatre. Many of The Rocks' pubs offer live music - jazz, folk and pop. The Rocks Market operates every weekend, from 10am to 5pm each day, and until 6pm in summer months. Some 100 stalls are set up under a series of sail-like canopies, filling the lower end of George Street.
This is the Historic District of Sydney. It was here, in the great harbor of New South Wales that history began in Australia. In the years following the American Revolutionary War, England looked for a new place to send its unwanted and its convicts. The region originally mapped by Capt. James Cook was perfect. Starting in the 1780s, shiploads of convicts sailed here. Eventually, many obtained their freedom. And it wasn't long before free men and women came here. It wasn't long before the area became a thriving colony.
The Rocks maintains some of the original buildings erected in the late 18th and early 19th Centuries. And there is a monument to the men and women, convict and free, who settled here and formed the basis for the nation that was eventually to be.
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.
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
The Rocks is a very picturesque area of the city. You can easily spend hours just walking around its old streets and explore its numerous old buildings, pubs, cafes, and shops. The waterfront is green, much like the rest of the area, and is lined by expensive hotels and condos. It also offers some great views of the harbour and the Opera House on the other side.
Amazingly enough, up until only several decades ago The Rocks used to be home to drunks, whores, and lots of other unsavory characters; not to mention horrible living conditions for the other unlucky masses that couldn't afford better accomodations. Luckily, the area has been restored and is now one of the nicest & desirable parts of Sydney. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time (at least half a day) to properly lose yourself in the maze of its narrow streets, alleys, and staircases.
The Rocks is the name for the stretch of area around the Harbour Bridge. . .it's past incarnation was as the slums of the city ~ today, it's clean, bright and a great place to explore at leisure.
For me, the highlights of the area were the Sydney Observatory, The Rocks Marketplace and the harboufront along Circular Quay West (some beautiful architecture).
If you follow the path you will eventually get to the rocks. Its a fairly historical place in the harbour and offers some great view of the bridge and Opera house as well as having some great private art gallerys, restaurants, pubs and bars.
The Rocks is one of the most-visited parts of Sydney. It is located at the foot of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The Rocks is the foundation place of Sydney and Australia, and of enormous historical signifiance. The Rocks is Sydney's oldest preserved colonial district.
If you are interested in The Rocks historical significance, the best place to start is at the Sydney Visitor Centre.
There are so many things to do in The Rocks such as:
Entertainment. Usually free performa on weekends.
The Rocks Markets on weekends.
Art Galleries and museums.
The site of the first colonial settlement in Australia in 1788, when about 1400 men, women and children arrived after 250 days sailing in the First Fleet, a fleet of prison ships. Sydney’s historic Rocks precinct is a charming blend of the past and present.
Wander through the maze of cobbled lanes and beautifully restored sandstone buildings, learn about Sydney’s history at a museum or gallery and discover some of the best contemporary shopping, sightseeing and dining the City has to offer.
TIP: visit The Rocks on a Saturday or Sunday and you will be able to enjoy the "Rocks Market" - these innovative street markets are held just beneath the Harbour Bridge, in George Street. There are over 150 stalls offering gifts, antiques and homewares, as well as cafes, pubs and great entertainment.
I started my day walking from my hostel in Lee Street to the Opera House, mostly along George Street, with a small detour along Market Street to Pyrmont Bridge and Darling Harbour.
I discovered Nurse Walk when I nearly reached Argyle Street. From George Street, I thought it's just an area of fine restaurants or shops but when I walked through this area, I simply liked it... especially the stone pavement. Shops are small but nice, full of art and culture. It's like another world, so different from the busy city.
Simply walk around the Rocks area, which was the first part of Sydney to be settled. It's history is amazing, and you can see it all around you. It is worth going into the Information Centre, and getting a guided tour, or a brochure with which you can follow a set tour at your own pace. A great way of seeing some of the history of Sydney.