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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

15 hotels in The Rocks, Circular Quay

1 Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

5 stars
4.5 / 5 107 reviews

199 GEORGE STREET Map

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

2 Harbour Rocks Hotel Sydney - MGallery Collection

4 stars
4.7 / 5 16 reviews

34 Harrington Street Map

Harbour Rocks Hotel Sydney - MGallery Collection is a centrally located boutique hotel that features elegantly furnished accommodations suited for chic business and leisure travellers visiting... More

3 Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

5 stars
4.6 / 5 92 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

4 Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay

5 stars
4.5 / 5 109 reviews

30 Pitt Street Map

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

5 Quay West Suites Sydney

5 stars
4.7 / 5 35 reviews

98 Gloucester Street Map

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

6 Holiday Inn OLD SYDNEY

4 stars
4.6 / 5 34 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

7 InterContinental SYDNEY

5 stars
4.7 / 5 53 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

8 Rendezvous Hotel Sydney The Rocks

4 stars
4.3 / 5 57 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

9 Pier One Sydney Harbour, Autograph Collection

5 stars
4.3 / 5 69 reviews

11 Hickson Road Map

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

10 The Langham Hotel Sydney

5 stars
4.8 / 5 19 reviews

89-113 Kent Street Map

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