The Rocks was the site of the first European settlement evident by its winding streets and sandstone buildings. It was named for the rugged cliffs that were once a dominant feature. Many historic buildings in The Rocks have been beautifully restored and it is a delight to explore the maze of original, cobblestone lanes that lead to a range of shops, cafes and restaurants.
Cadmans Cottage, built in 1816, is the oldest existing residence in Australia, which now houses an information centre for Sydney Harbour National Park.
The Argyle Cut is a tunnel through solid rock that took 18 years from 1843 for the convicts to finish, as all they were only using was a hammer and chisel.
Weekend markets, street entertainment, galleries, a contemporary art museum, craft shops, traditional pubs and outdoor cafes amongst many historic sites make The Rocks a richly colourful area.
Shopping ranges from Australian design in fashion, art, craft and jewellery to unique collectables and souvenirs.