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Rocks

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.

Hotels in The Rocks, Circular Quay

Recommended hotels

From US$105

1 Holiday Inn OLD SYDNEY

4 stars
4.6 / 5 36 reviews

55 GEORGE STREET Map

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

Wonderful hotel
Holiday Inn Old Sydney is the perfect location. It's near some great restaurants, outdoor market, and of course the gorgeous Sydney harbor. I'd definitely stay here again and highly recommend it.
16 Mar 2015
From US$155

2 Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay

5 stars
4.4 / 5 120 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 Location
This hotel is perfectly placed for exploring the harbour and the city. Walking distance to all the attractions. A fabulous stay and a lovely room
4 Aug 2015
From US$172

3 Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

5 stars
4.7 / 5 100 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

Fantastic honeymoon
The hotel met our expectation the moment we got to checkin, we got upgraded to a lovely Opera House view and spent our wedding night in the most cosiest bed.. Room service was delightful and we...
6 Aug 2015
From US$183

4 Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

5 stars
4.5 / 5 114 reviews

199 GEORGE STREET Map

Executive Club Access

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

awesome family trip
all good.............................................
8 Jul 2015
From US$119

5 Rendezvous Hotel Sydney The Rocks

4 stars
4.3 / 5 64 reviews

75 Harrington Street Map

Business Benefits Package

Rendezvous Hotel Sydney The Rocks provides modern accommodation and friendly hospitality for both business and leisure trip. Within a kilometre from this property is the Sydney Wildlife World, a... More

Great location
Easy walk to Opera House, Sydney ferries, buses. Comfortable hotel with good facilities
9 Aug 2015
From US$191

6 InterContinental SYDNEY

5 stars
4.7 / 5 56 reviews

CNR BRIDGE AND PHILLIP STREETS Map

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

Wonderful chill out time
We took this opportunity to discover the Intercontinental Sydney while looking for a way to treat ourselves after a somewhat traumatic few weeks. A car accident, a cancer removal and then a...
26 Aug 2015
From US$134

7 Pier One Sydney Harbour, Autograph Collection

5 stars
4.3 / 5 78 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

Special Occasion
Always a delight to spend time here with its proximity to live theatre, good quality restaurants and city attractions. Staff always make you feel very welcome and are most helpful.
30 Jun 2015
From US$105

8 Sydney Harbour Bed and Breakfast

4 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews

140-142 Cumberland Street Map

A fully restored heritage mansion with cosy accommodations, Sydney Harbour Bed and Breakfast makes for a suitable base for travellers looking to explore the vibrant Sydney. This charming retreat in... More

concert night stay
stayed here as we had a concert at the Opera House. Convenient location, parking station not far away, older building with creeky floor but very clean & good breakfast
1 Mar 2015
From US$169

9 Sir Stamford At Circular Quay

5 stars
4.9 / 5 70 reviews

93 Macquarie Street Map

Book Early & Save 10%

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

Long weekend getaway
My wife and I loved this Hotel. It usually has good reviews, and I can see why. The location is fantastic. The staff were happy and very helpful. The decor is sumptuous and in the style of an...
8 Sep 2014
From US$213

10 Quay West Suites Sydney

5 stars
4.6 / 5 37 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

Great place to stay. Easy to find.
Easy to find. Straight off the harbour bridge. Great room, but next time we will get a harbour view. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Really enjoyed the breakfast, lots of variety. Our...
24 May 2015
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