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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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  • Remains the nicest part of the CBD to me. Loads of history, and beautifully preserved buildings and architecture. Lots of signs explaining the significance of particular landmarks. Missing some of... 
    Remains the nicest part of the CBD to me. Loads of history, and beautifully preserved buildings and architecture. Lots of signs explaining the significance of particular landmarks. Missing some of...  more »
  • The original heart of Sydney, we found this an excellent area to walk around and explore. There are still some old buildings and a number of historic plaques to explain them. Lots of shops... 
    The original heart of Sydney, we found this an excellent area to walk around and explore. There are still some old buildings and a number of historic plaques to explain them. Lots of shops...  more »

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