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The Rocks, Sydney

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Sitting in the shadow of downtown Sydney, the cobblestone walkways and pastel-colored colonial-style buildings of The Rocks form a juxtaposition with the shiny modernness that characterizes much of the city center. Settled in the late 18th century, the area quickly became a haven for a motley mix of sailors, petty criminals, and prostitutes. Now this upscale neighborhood houses fine-dining restaurants, boutiques, and art galleries. You can step back into Sydney's colorful past by visiting local historical attractions such as Cadmans Cottage, the Garrison Church, the Merchant's House, and Fort Phillip Signal Station. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to The Rocks by using our Sydney day trip site .
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  • Sydney has a bunch of areas to see, things to do located close together near the Opera House. This includes ferries to the zoo, Darling Harbour (with lots of restaurants and views), the Opera House (o...  more »
  • This area is among the oldest in Sydney. It has been spruced up in recent years, and it is a very interesting neighbourhood now. Great location too, near the Bridge, the Harbour and the gardens. Don't...  more »
  • Nice quaint little town. Very heritage and clean. A lot of good photos taken here along with a good story  more »

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