Get a sense of Sydney's past exploring The Rocks' cobbled laneways, cosy cafés and Australia’s oldest pubs. In this historic precinct you'll find great places to stay, eat, drink and shop – and a buzzing annual events calendar. Rent a bicycle in The Rocks from the likes of Bonza Bike Tours and Sydney Bike Tours and pedal to the harbour’s iconic attractions.
About the historic Rocks
As the strip of land where European settlers chose to step ashore in 1788, The Rocks is essentially the birthplace of modern Sydney. A colourful history, The Rocks evolved from a rowdy, raucous settlement of convicts, soldiers, sailors and street gangs into a thriving, modern precinct.
On the edge of one of the world’s great natural harbours, The Rocks is a popular place to stay and visit with a range of accommodation, attractions, funky bars and restaurants, and Australia’s oldest pubs. Amble on the foreshore for splendid views of the Sydney Opera House and the harbour.
Step back in time with The Rocks Walking Tours or wait outside historic Cadman's Cottage every evening at 6pm for the I'm Free Tour. On the tours you'll explore the laneways, pubs and heritage buildings and learn stories of the precinct's striking past.
Tourists and Sydneysiders alike flock to the markets. Bring a healthy appetite on Fridays to The Rocks Foodies Market and its mouth-watering stalls. Browse for gifts and souvenirs at over 200 stalls at The Rocks Markets on Saturdays and Sundays.
A creative and cultural arts destination too, The Rocks is home to the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and artisans, poets or bespoke craftsmen in The Rocks pop-up project. Be sure to check out the Argyle Gallery and The Rocks Discovery Museum, too.
Thinking of staying in the area? The Sydney Harbour YHA offers budget rooms and great views, The Harbour Rocks Hotel is a good mid-range option and luxury hotels include the Four Seasons, Park Hyatt, Quay West Suites, Shangri-La and The Langham.