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Found at the base of the Sydney Harbour Bridge on the shores of Sydney Cove, the Rocks is the most historically significant area in Sydney. The Rocks is the oldest area of the city and has so many historic colonial buildings that it has often been dubbed the “outdoor museum of Sydney.” First developed in the 18th century when it was known as a slum haven for sailors and prostitutes, the Rocks is now a collection of old and new, as heritage buildings surround a vibrant array of restaurants, cafes, and boutique shops.

  • Visit the Rocks area of Sydney on the weekend for the Rocks Market, a diverse collection of handcrafted gift items and food made by artisans from around Australia.
  • Climb to the top of Observatory Hill where you will find the country’s oldest windmill while getting spectacular views of Sydney and the harbour below.
  • Stop and have a frosty pint of beer at the Lord Nelson Pub, a 19th century icon that is the oldest remaining pub in the city.

The Rocks is the main feature of the central business district of Sydney and can be reached in a number of ways using the city’s great public transportation. The Circular Quay station of the train is the nearest stop to the Rocks and is within walking distance. Those who want a more scenic trip can take a ferry that stops at the boat terminal near the Museum of Contemporary Art. Walking is the main activity in the Rocks, as it gives people the chance to see the historic buildings and to stop along the way for snacks and drinks.

What travelers to The Rocks, Circular Quay are saying

Great place to visit for a couple of days.
Therese M 4 Dec 2015
Love it! Had a fantastic time.
Helen 23 May 2015

Hotels in The Rocks, Circular Quay

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From US$235

1 Four Seasons Sydney

5 stars
4.5 / 5 116 reviews


Four Seasons Hotel Sydney is a one-stop destination for business as well as leisure travellers looking for a relaxing stay. Apart from being a popular lodging in the city of Sydney, this hotel is... More

Great Hotel
The hotel is very nice clean and have a very good customer sevice
21 Sep 2015
From US$230

2 Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

5 stars
4.6 / 5 108 reviews

176 Cumberland Street Map

Shangri-La Hotel Sydney provides excellent lodging in the historic Rocks district. The hotel is within walking distance to the Museum of Contemporary Art and Museum of Sydney, two of the city's... More

Birthday celebrations
Staf professional and friendly. Room facilities excellent. The main issue was the warmth of the room. Despite putting the air conditioning on the lowest 18.5 the room remained very hot and...
21 Jan 2016
From US$230

3 InterContinental SYDNEY

5 stars
4.7 / 5 59 reviews


InterContinental Sydney Hotel welcomes discerning travellers to top-class accommodations with old world charm ambience close to the famous Australian harbour. The luxury hotel places visitors close... More

City weekend
The Hotel staff were outstanding. Friendly and welcoming. Nothing was an issue. Our room was very comfortable and clean. Will definitely consider staying here in the future.
22 Sep 2015
From US$212

4 Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay

5 stars
4.5 / 5 127 reviews

30 Pitt Street Map

Rate includes breakfast

Set near iconic landmarks like Sydney Opera House, Darling Harbour and Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel At Circular Quay makes for an ideal starting point for tourists looking... More

Great for a Weekend in Sydney
Great hotel, nice views fo the harbour bridge from our room. Excellent service by Chris at reception when checking in and David in the bar. Definitely will go back there
25 Jan 2016
From US$746

5 Park Hyatt Sydney

5 stars
4.8 / 5

7 Hickson Road Map

Blending luxury and class, Park Hyatt Sydney creates a lavish retreat for travellers looking for top-notch facilities while exploring this vibrant Australia city. Tourists at this Sydney hotel... More

From US$201

6 Holiday Inn OLD SYDNEY

4 stars
4.4 / 5 43 reviews


Holiday Inn Old Sydney welcomes chic business and leisure travellers to a modern haven that offers 360-degree views of popular landmarks in the vibrant Australia city. While on a Sydney holiday,... More

A weekend away for mother and daughter, did the bridgeclimb and went to Darling harbour and Circular Quay. Enjoyin g the beautiful restaurants and went to The Opera House. The Hotel Inn is a...
28 Jan 2016
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7 Quay West Suites Sydney

5 stars
4.6 / 5 39 reviews

98 Gloucester Street Map

Rate includes Breakfast

Offering luxurious accommodations and top-of-the-line facilities within the historic Rocks area overlooking Sydney Harbour, Quay West Suites Sydney Hotel creates an ideal base and a convenient... More

wonderful place for a few nights in Sydney
We love the location of Quay West Suites. We have stayed there before and plan to return again soon.
25 Jan 2016
From US$304

8 Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour

5 stars
4.8 / 5 16 reviews

61 Macquarie Street Map

Rate includes Breakfast

Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour invites travellers to luxurious apartment-style accommodations accentuated by sleek and contemporary furnishings in Circular Quay. This Sydney property provides... More

Great location and good rooms. The 1 bedroom apartment was good there was no charge for a fold out bed unlike other hotels
24 Sep 2015
From US$296

9 Sir Stamford At Circular Quay

5 stars
4.9 / 5 72 reviews

93 Macquarie Street Map

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Sir Stamford At Circular Quay Sydney Hotel invites holidaymakers to stylish and exquisitely designed accommodations while visiting this Australia city. The city centre hotel is near must-see Sydney... More

So happy I chose Sir Stamford!!!
Six days at Sir Stamford with my 8 year old daughter and we did not want to leave!! From the service, to the room, to the location...everything was as perfect as it could be!! Five minutes by foot...
25 Nov 2015
From US$235

10 Pier One Sydney Harbour, Autograph Collection

5 stars
4.4 / 5 81 reviews

11 Hickson Road Map

Rate Includes Breakfast

Pier One Sydney Harbour, Autograph Collection is a plush waterfront hotel offering modern comforts and easy access to the central business district. Tourists can revisit the rich history of the... More

Felt like royalty
Really enjoyed our stay at Peir one Hotel, felt safe and staff were amazing, We went on the Ferries, it was a trip back to memory lane for us we lived in Sydney 15 yrs ago came back for a visit to...
1 Dec 2015
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