Itinerary: The Rocks

Quick walk around the Rocks


Must Do Sydney

This is the place of the very first European settlement in Australia, and it lives and breathes history in every cobble stone. Be aware there are many steps and uneven paths and keep your eyes on the ground.

The Rocks: An area for walking and strolling, and losing yourself in shops and cafes, just a short walk from Circular Quay, face the water and walk left.

It’s really best to download the map onto your phone and just walk.This area does not really need an itinerary, as you just follow your nose.

A few things I’d suggest you see are:

The hidden Foundation Park with its over-dimensional furniture

Further historical places worth mentioning are: The Rocks Discovery Museum, Cadman’s Cottage, Sydney Learning Adventures, Susannah Place Museum and the award-winning Big Dig Archaeology and Education Centre.

For views, it is also great to walk around the Hyatt Hotel. If you follow the path, you end up in Walsh Bay, which is in the Barangaroo walk

Buy souvenirs at Natural Selection and have a quick lunch at Pancakes on the Rocks  or the Rocks Markets (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, see here). Avoid the tourist touts along Playfair Street, but do walk through and peek into courtyards and little houses like they used to be. For dessert, head to the Guylian Cafe and try their hot chocolate (do it yourself!) or mocha or flat white for the coffee lovers, they all come with decadent chocolate that makes you wonder why you ordered cake, but it’s just too divine to turn down.

If you’re still around at night, a great evening/night option is The Argyle – check their website as well. Their food offering is delicious and cheap and cheerful, and they usually have live music on till late as well.

If you want to splurge and have a by the water option, Wolfies Grill is good. The prices are higher but the views make up for it. But you must book in advance.

You can easily head towards Circular Quay from here again down the path to the water and turn right, and maybe there is a cruise ship docked.

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