The Rocks has become one of Sydney's buzzing precincts made up of beautiful historic laneways filled with places to eat, drink and explore. Set between Circular Quay and Sydney Harbour Bridge, on any given day you can expect the area will be pulsing with life. Initially, The Rocks was known as a rowdy area made up of convicts, soldiers and sailors, yet it has now evolved into a modern and creative precinct. Its location is second to none and walking the streets, and you'll spot a mix of both tourists and locals.
On the weekend, begin your experience at the Rocks Market, an open-air market filled with street food and fashion to spend hours exploring. Made up of over 200 stalls wander along the cobblestone streets and make your way through the artisan items like locally designed fashion, textiles and homewares. Or if you're visiting on a Friday, eat your way through The Rocks Friday Foodie Market, tantalise your taste buds with gourmet delights and sweet treats mixing cultures and cuisines; a true reflection of Sydney city. Walk along the streets of The Rocks for a glimpse into Sydney's history, showcasing some of Australia's oldest pubs and charming cafes. Upscale restaurants line the harbour with views across the water, providing a memorable treat if the occasion permits it.
The Rocks is also home to the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) made up of interchanging exhibitions filled with local and international exhibits. The collection is made up of over 4,000 pieces all by Australian artists including painting, photography, sculptures and moving image, as well as work by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. With over one million visitors each year, the MCA enables art to be shared and celebrated.
The best way to explore the area is either on foot or by bicycle, so you can see the many attractions and incredible views up close. Hire a bike at Bonza Bike Tours or Sydney Bike Tours for the day. As you wander through the streets, get up close with local talent busking along the promenade as the sound echoes through the streets.
Get your bearings quickly with The Rocks Walking Tours, a fun way to learn about the area, or stop at the Cadman's Cottage at 6 pm for the "I'm Free Tour". Gain insight around the intricate laneways and heritage buildings surrounding and hear The Rocks incredible past. This world-class location is a popular attraction for those travelling to Sydney with the incredible foreshore featuring views across the famous Sydney Opera House and harbour.
If you can't get enough of The Rocks or it sounds like a place you'd like to spend some time in, you'll find a mix of accommodation suitable for all budgets. From hostels with budget rooms to luxury accommodation options with sweeping views across the water, and all else in between. Just a five-minute walk from Circular Quay, the Airport Link train will connect you directly to Circular Quay too. Explore the colourful precinct and taste the best of what Sydney has to offer.