The Rocks:

Population: 614(2006)
Postcode: 2000
Area: 0.2 km (0.1 sq mi)
Location: 1 km (1 mi) from Sydney CBD
Local Government Area: City of Sydney
Parish: St. Philip
State District: Sydney
Federal Division: Sydney
In and around The Rocks:
Dawes Point Dawes Point Sydney Cove
Millers Point The Rocks Port Jackson
Millers Point Sydney CBD Sydney CBD
Campbell's Cove

The Rocks is an urban locality, tourist precinct and historic area of Sydney's city centre, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. It is located on the southern shore of Sydney Harbour, immediately north-west of the Sydney central business district. The precinct and its immediate surroundings are administered independently of the local government area of the City of Sydney, by a New South Wales state government statutory authority, the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority.

The Rocks area borders on the Bradfield Highway, leading to the Sydney Harbour Bridge, with the localities of Dawes Point and Millers Point, to the west. It is immediately adjacent to Circular Quay on Sydney Cove, the site of Australia's first European settlement in 1788.

Convicts, Castles and Champagne Tour on Sydney Harbour more_vert
$99.00 AUD Book
Join us for a unique tour of Sydney Harbour and historic Goat Island and get up close and personal with Sydney’s colourful convict past. Enjoy an entertaining and fascinating guided  convict history walking tour on the island with catered lunch, along with a relaxing cruise around the harbour. Sit back and take in Sydney’s beautiful harbour vistas whilst sipping on delicious chilled champagne!

Step ashore Goat Island and walk in the footsteps of Australia’s early convicts. Enjoy a personally guided tour of the island that contains some of Australia’s most important and intact convict-built buildings. Your guide will engage you with tales of punishment, deaths and escape whilst you visit sites such as the amazing early 1800s military gun powder magazine, the solders’ barracks complex and Sydney’s oldest Water Police Station. This is an easy 1.5km walk.

Cruise aboard one of our historic timber vessels past some of the wealthiest and most prestigious suburbs in Australia. See Sydney’s modern-day waterfront castles and learn about the history of beautiful Kirribilli House and Admiralty House.

Cruise Highlights:

Fascinating and unique three-hour guided tour of Sydney Harbour.

Visit historic Goat Island and learn about the island's convict past.

Enjoy a tasty lunch prepared & served by your crew.

Australian bubbly, juices and water included. Other drinks available at regular bar prices.

  • $99.00
  • query_builder 90 minutes
  • flight_takeoff The Rocks
  • flight_land New South Wales

Turn of the Century Sydney - Historical Walking Tour more_vert
$55.00 AUD Book
Discover the oldest parts of Sydney on a 2-hour guided walk through the heart of The Rocks. Your small group tour will be led by Rob, a local Sydneysider with expert knowledge and a passion for his home city. This is not your average history tour, Rob will take you on an incredible journey through Sydney at the turn of the twentieth century. Starting at Circular Quay on the shores of Sydney Harbour, you will visit historical sites, meander through old cobblestone lane ways, stop for a drink at one of Sydney's oldest pubs, and finish at the massive foundations of the awe-inspiring Sydney Harbour Bridge. Rob brings these places to life with stories of government control, social change, and the triumph and defeat of great men and women who forged their lives here. Throughout the tour you will take in spectacular views of Sydney including the harbour, city skyline, Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

Meet Rob outside the MCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) in front of the giant arrow on the building - you will know it when you see it! This is on the side facing Circular Quay, looking at the Sydney Ferries and the Opera House.

The walk starts from here, weaving through the old buildings and alleys of The Rocks, following the story of the people who lived in Sydney at the end of the 1800's. As Rob describes daily life in Sydney, he shows you old photos of many of these same places from this time. You will hear about major difficulties the people of Sydney had to face, such as the great depression, the arrival of the Plague, widespread demolition and redevelopment in Sydney, the great maritime strike, and the hungry mile. These significant events would bring about great change, and shape the future of Sydney.

The walk continues through the Argyle Cut and over to the lesser-known side of The Rocks, and after seeing the beautiful Holy Trinity Church, we stop for a refreshing drink at the nearby Hero of Waterloo - a 175 year old sandstone pub which retains most of it's original form and all of it's character. This is one of Sydney's hidden gems, and is full of stories.

You will then head down to the waters edge in Walsh Bay, a historical port precinct where you will see an incredible series of wharves, sheds and bridges built at the beginning of the 1900's. Many of the old industrial features of these wharves such as cranes, lifts and machinery have been preserved, and there are also great views of the harbour from here.

Finally you will exit the wharf complex with the Harbour Bridge nearby looming overhead. As you make your way around the base of the massive bridge pylon - the point where the arch meets the ground - this is one of the best places to get up close and personal with "The Coathanger" and provides a fantastic opportunity for photos of Sydney's best icons including the harbour, the Bridge and the Opera House.

The walk concludes here, and it's just a short stroll back to Circular Quay and public transport, or stay on in the area and take a recommendation for some of Sydney's best places to shop, eat and drink.

Optional extra:
If you have an extra hour to spare, continue on with Rob to finish up at the Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylon Lookout for not only spectacular views, but a history of the construction of the Harbour Bridge. See displays, models and exhibits inside the structure as you climb the 200 easy stairs to the top of the southern pylon, where you will enjoy 360 degree views around Sydney Harbour. This add-on is highly recommended, and is a great way to finish the tour!

  • $55.00
  • query_builder 2 to 3 hrs
  • flight_takeoff The Rocks
  • flight_land New South Wales