The Rocks holds a unique place in Sydney’s colonial history and is considered to be the birthplace of European Australia.
In January 1788 a fleet of 11 British ships safely moored in Sydney Cove. The fleet carried a human cargo of convict exiles doomed to live out their prison terms in this alien land and so began the fascinating story of the founding of a nation.
On this rocky peninsula, convicts replaced the traditional way of life of the Indigenous inhabitants, the Cadigal people.
As Sydney developing into a port city, The Rocks took on all the characteristics of a dockside area, welcoming the sailors of the world to the haunts of entertainment and friendly company.
Nestled beneath the dominance of Sydney's Harbour Bridge, The Rocks village has retained its unique heritage qualities in a spectacular picturesque, harbourside location. The ambiance and setting of The Rocks is enhanced by the preservation of the heritage buildings and streets of nineteenth century Sydney.
Visitor’s and locals alike find within this setting of beautifully restored buildings a cosmopolitan vibrant place offering the finest restaurants and cafes, friendly pubs, exclusive shopping , street festivities, museums and galleries.
The Rocks is an essential visitor destination and promises to be a memorable Sydney experience. Come and linger amongst the many reminders of our intriguing past while leisurely strolling along our present historic streets, cobbled alleys and narrow laneways browsing and discovering the delightful shops and charming cafes.