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The Rocks, Sydney

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Sitting in the shadow of downtown Sydney, the cobblestone walkways and pastel-colored colonial-style buildings of The Rocks form a juxtaposition with the shiny modernness that characterizes much of the city center. Settled in the late 18th century, the area quickly became a haven for a motley mix of sailors, petty criminals, and prostitutes. Now this upscale neighborhood houses fine-dining restaurants, boutiques, and art galleries. You can step back into Sydney's colorful past by visiting local historical attractions such as Cadmans Cottage, the Garrison Church, the Merchant's House, and Fort Phillip Signal Station. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to The Rocks by using our Sydney day trip site.
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  • There are some very old buildings with lots of history, some lovely little boutique shops and some good bars and cafes in the Rocks. Not the cheapest part of town as it is geared to the tourist but... 
    There are some very old buildings with lots of history, some lovely little boutique shops and some good bars and cafes in the Rocks. Not the cheapest part of town as it is geared to the tourist but...  more »
  • The experience at the Rocks is missing something that is so important is history. It is over commercialised and does not give you a grasp on the history of the area. The Rocks museum is the only... 
    The experience at the Rocks is missing something that is so important is history. It is over commercialised and does not give you a grasp on the history of the area. The Rocks museum is the only...  more »

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