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The Rocks Guide: Spend Less, Do More

Welcome to The Rocks

Established shortly after the British colony’s formation in 1788, The Rocks has become one of Sydney’s most frequented precincts. Historic sandstone buildings and narrow cobblestone streets of the area create a feeling of old world charm whilst blending in perfectly with contemporary restaurants, bars and luxurious fashion boutiques. The unique harmonisation of old and new will intrigue, fascinate and entertain visitors of all ages.


Being ideally situated at the foot of the Harbour Bridge, The Rocks is an exciting location for an activity-filled day. For those wishing to do something a bit out of the ordinary, the Harbour Bridge Climb (UP TO HERE)

Take a walk across the Bridge or try something more daring such as the Harbour Bridge Climb. The Bridge Climb is the ultimate Sydney experience. Small groups are guided up the arches and over the catwalks of the bridge to reach the summit, where professional climb leaders will take pictures of you and the thrilling views of Sydney Harbour.

Take in some artwork at one of The Rocks’ galleries, which boast an array of talent by both international and home grown artists.

The Rocks Markets open every weekend from 10am to 5pm and offers more than 200 stalls, which showcase a collection of designer and unique products. What you will find there - fashion items and accessories by emerging designers, locally produced home wares, beauty products, arts and crafts, photography, cuisine, and much, much more.

Food and Drink

The Rocks is brimming with a diverse mix of restaurants, pubs, bars, and eateries. Try the Lowenbrau or The Belgian Beer Café for a hearty meal and some flavoursome beer originating from Central Europe, or slip into the Guylian Chocolate Café on George Street for a well deserved sugar hit. Alternatively, enjoy a romantic dinner for two filled, with culinary excellence at one of The Rocks’ fine dining restaurants, such as Wildfire, situated at The Overseas Passenger Terminal.

For a relaxed night on the town, sign up for The Rocks Pub Tour. Starting from Cadman’s Cottage, this trip will take you through the convict-built lanes and give you the opportunity to visit three iconic pubs such as The Lord Nelson (which claims to be the oldest surviving pub in Australia) and The Australian. This experience will give you the opportunity to taste the local brews and finish off the evening with a discounted meal at your preferred hotel.


The Rocks is located in the centre of the city and next to Circular Quay, which means it is easily accessible by ferry, train, and bus, and is less than a thirty-minute train ride from the airport. If you are coming by rail, alight at Wynyard Station and take a five minute walk down George Street, if you are heading down from the CBD and central shopping district, walk down George or Pitt Street, if your travelling by car, park in one of The Rocks convenient parking stations. For those heading to The Rocks from the inner city suburbs there are a number of bus services available and for those coming from Darling Harbour, The Rocks is an easy walk or short ferry ride.

Hotels in The Rocks

Being centrally positioned and looking across to Sydney Opera House, The Rocks is an ideal base to spend the night. Whilst there are over 125 hotels in The Rocks, most hotels cater to the upper end of the market. To mention a few, The Rocks Hotel is situated within walking distance from The Harbour Bridge and offers it’s guests 55 stylish boutique rooms and the Shangri-la hotel provides it’s guests with 5-star service, which includes 363 luxurious guest rooms, one of the city’s finest restaurants, and a cocktail bar, boasting views of the city from level 36.

Your Cheaperthanhotels Team

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