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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

Vibrant always something going on. We did Bridge Climb, Hop on/off Ferry, Jet Boat, Opera House Tour, 9D Cinema, Imax, Viewing/walking Circular Quay area, Darling Harbour
Jacqui Lo 10 Apr 2015
Love it! Had a fantastic time.
Helen 23 May 2015

Hotels in The Rocks, Circular Quay

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From US$176

1 Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay

5 stars
4.5 / 5 125 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

Perfect girls weekend away
Perfect girls weekend away, we were able to check into a harbour bridge view room upon arrival at 1pm for a small fee of $30, the hotel was in a perfect location very close to the harbour bridge,...
29 Oct 2015
From US$176

2 Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

5 stars
4.6 / 5 105 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

This is a hotel you like to reture.
I had two nights stay with my husband for a leisure trip to Sydney. I am happy I have chosen to stay in a room with a view of Sydney opera house. It is worth of the money I spent on. The view is...
16 Nov 2015
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3 Holiday Inn OLD SYDNEY

4 stars
4.5 / 5 40 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

Perfect place to stay if doing the bridge climb
Great location if your going on the bridge climb, breakfast was fantastic, only there was no parking in hotel, it was full, I thought it was supposed to be for guests only, my husband went around...
17 Nov 2015
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4 Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

5 stars
4.5 / 5 116 reviews


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

Great Hotel
The hotel is very nice clean and have a very good customer sevice
21 Sep 2015
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5 Pier One Sydney Harbour, Autograph Collection

5 stars
4.3 / 5 79 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

First anniversary
Amazing stay. We received a free bottle of wine as it was our first wedding anniversary. We might stay there for our second. Great rooms and staff
16 Nov 2015
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6 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
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7 Sir Stamford At Circular Quay

5 stars
4.9 / 5 71 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

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
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8 Rendezvous Hotel Sydney The Rocks

4 stars
4.2 / 5 65 reviews

75 Harrington Street Map

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

The Rocks Experience
A most enjoyable stay. We were a few metres from at least a dozen eateries as well as weekend Street markets. Staff at hotel were welcoming and very helpful.
13 Oct 2015
From US$309

9 The Langham Hotel Sydney

5 stars
4.8 / 5 23 reviews

89-113 Kent Street Map

Inc. Breakfast for 2, Valet Parking + Wifi

The Langham Hotel Sydney is built like a grand Australian home and has a colonial ambience blending well with its location near Sydney's historic Rocks and central business district. Boasting of a... More

Yearly Holiday Trip
We flew from Gold Coast to Sydney and since we stayed with airbnb accommodation in Gold Coast because of the awesome view, we wanted to try a hotel in Sydney, pampering ourselves a little. We have...
28 Sep 2015
From US$116

10 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
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