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The Rocks

The Rocks

George and Argyle Streets, Sydney, 2000

The Basics

Numerous Sydney sightseeing tours, focusing on history, culture, shopping, food, pubs, photography, or ghosts, will spend time in the Rocks. Walking tours of the Rocks can be combined with other top Sydney attractions and activities, such as the Sydney Opera House, the Royal Botanic Gardens, or Bondi Beach, or a Sydney Harbor cruise. Visit on a hop-on hop-off bus or boat to see sites at your leisure.

The Rocks is a great neighborhood to explore on foot. Highlights include historic Cadman Cottage, Susannah Place, and Foundation Park; historic pubs such as the Fortune of War and the Hero of Waterloo; great views from Observatory Hill; and arts and culture at the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Sydney Theatre Company.

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Sydney The Rocks Guided Walking Tour
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Sydney The Rocks Guided Walking Tour
$25.12 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great Rocks tour
Great tour. Very informative. We are locals but don’t know the rocks area all that well and decided to play tourist. Not too long but covered a lot. Well worth it. Would recommend
Katrina_G, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Sydney

star-5
Great tour!
Katherine_B, Apr 2022
The Rocks Pub Walking Tour
Craig from Dave’s tours was a fantastic guide! He kept it fun while interspersing some really interesting history about The Rocks, and he had great beer recommendations at all the pubs we went to. He even stayed to chat with our group after the tour ended and shared many stories about life in Australia. I’d highly recommend the Rocks Pub Walking Tour to anyone visiting Sydney.
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Rocks Pub Crawl
Susan_M, May 2022
Sydney The Rocks Historical Pub Tour with Drinks and Dinner
Adam was fun, informative and experienced with the area. Great tour guide. 👌 Really great night. Loved all 4 x pubs (Hart's, The Australian, Hero Waterloo and Nelson's). Excellent fish and chips at The Australian, purchased separately. 😀
star-5
The Rocks Tour
Kim_B, May 2022
Sydney The Rocks Guided Walking Tour
Our lovely knowledgeable guide. The wonderful history. The small group. The photos that accompanied the tour.
star-5
Awesome tour thanks to Fiorella our tour guide.
Laura_D, May 2022
Sydney The Rocks Guided Walking Tour
Both my friend and I thought it was an awesome experience. Very informative and interesting. I will be returning with my family at the first opportunity.
star-5
Great deal!
Tamara_B, Apr 2022
illi-Langi The Rocks Aboriginal Dreaming Tour
Great accommodation and informative. Little walking so wear comfortable shoes. Excellent for solo travelers as well.
star-5
Very informative
Grace_M, Apr 2022
Sydney The Rocks Guided Walking Tour
Very interesting to know The Rocks were once the slums of Sydney and now prime real estate and has the best views
star-5
Highlight of my Trip
Neill_P, Apr 2022
illi-Langi The Rocks Aboriginal Dreaming Tour
One of the highlights of my trip to Sydney. I learned so much about the Aboriginal culture and our guide was very open to questions and discussing the answers in great detail! I would absolutely recommend this trip to anybody visiting Sydney or anybody that lives there that has not experienced it yet. I would give 6 stars if I could!
star-5
Great tour of 4 pubs!
ChariseMorganJoseph, Apr 2022
The Rocks Pub Walking Tour
Best tour of my Sydney trip! Adam was funny and accommodating and informative throughout. Lots of historical facts! Definitely would recommend him for friends traveling to SYD.
star-5
An interesting and fun experience
Jean_H, Dec 2021
Convicts and The Rocks: Sydney's Walking Tour Led by Historian
April knew her history, and made the experience a fun and interesting one. It was an easy walk and she introduced us to things we would otherwise not have noticed.
star-5
The whole tour! Fionella...
Valerie_L, Apr 2022
Sydney The Rocks Guided Walking Tour
The whole tour! Fionella explained the history of Sydney so well... We stood in the actual areas she was talking about, and learned what happened there.
star-5
Fabulous Tour
Karen_W, Mar 2020
Convicts and The Rocks: Sydney's Walking Tour Led by Historian
This was one of the best tours we have ever done. Our guide, April, was fantastic. She was both knowledgeable and entertaining. Whoever said history was boring has never taken a tour with April. If you only do one guided tour while you are in Sydney, this has to be the one.
star-4
The rocks tour rocked
William_B, Mar 2020
Sydney The Rocks Historical Pub Tour with Drinks and Dinner
Tough place to find to start the tour Rob What is an X excellent guide/historian who knew both his history and his beers lots of fun great crowd and good beers

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Rocks is a must-visit for those with an interest in history.

  • Don’t forget your camera. Not only are there plenty of photogenic sites within the Rocks, but the neighborhood also offers spectacular views over the harbor.

  • Wear comfortable walking shoes; some of the streets are steep or cobblestoned.

  • There is a Sydney Visitor Center located in the Rocks.

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How to Get There

The Rocks is about a 5-minute walk from Circular Quay. You can take a ferry, train, or taxi to Circular Quay and then walk a few minutes, or take the bus to Bridge Street and walk north. There are a number of car parks in the Rocks area. From Darling Harbor, take Hickson Road via Walsh Bay.

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When to Get There

The Rocks is a lively neighborhood and can be visited at any time. Popular markets include the Foodie Market on Fridays and the Rocks Markets on Saturdays and Sundays. The Rocks is a popular destination during holidays and celebrations, such as Australia Day on January 26 and New Year’s Eve.

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The Rocks Discovery Museum

Open daily, this small museum houses an impressive collection on the history of the area, from before the arrival of the first Europeans. It’s a good first stop in the Rocks, and will offer context for later explorations. The museum also offers activities to occupy younger visitors, as well as a self-guided tour map of the neighborhood.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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