The Rocks
The Rocks
The Rocks

The Rocks Tours and Tickets

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Located in central Sydney, the historic precinct of the Rocks is the oldest area in the city and the site of the first European settlement. Full of history and character, today the Rocks is home to fashionable boutiques, artisan markets, historic pubs, trendy restaurants, and a thriving arts and culture scene.

  • The Rocks, Sydney, New South Wales, 2000

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Daylene_F, Nov 2023
Incredible historical pub tour!
We have been on many walking tours all over the world with Viator and have loved every one! But I must say this one ranks probably number 1! Robin was a fantastic tour guide and filled us in on an incredible amount of history in a fun and entertaining way! Loved the pubs in The Rocks tour, and great beer!!
Kimberly_B, Nov 2023
Excellent history and tour
Loved the history with the tour of the Rocks. Could really imagine the challenges the Colonizers faced. Max was engaging and a great tour Guide.
Dwayne_B, Nov 2023
Awesome Afternoon on "The Rocks"
We booked this walking Pub tour only two hours in advance and had an awesome experience. Our Guide "Dave" otherwise known as Pi No led our group through the Rocks stopping at 4 different pubs. The stories and history were great with many stops along the way. We loved the history of the pubs, the rocks, and Australia that Dave provided. We would recommend this tour to anyone who is looking to spend a few hours in the Rocks and learn about the history.
Jack_C, Oct 2023
A hysterical, historical pub crawl
This was a fantastic tour full of great beer and unique history of the Rocks. Our tour guide made the experience! Funny, and very knowledgeable. I would highly recommend this tour if you like history and beer.
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Q:What is the Aboriginal name for the Rocks?
A:The Aboriginal name for The Rocks is Tallawoladah, given by the local Gadigal people. The area of Sydney around Circular Quay today is known as Warrane. These names have been used locally for thousands of years, long before the area received the name the Rocks in 1788.
Q:Why are The Rocks in Sydney so famous?
A:The Rocks in Sydney is famous for being the city's oldest settled area and for having a vibrant dining and nightlife scene. It's also the neighborhood where you can best see the Sydney Harbour Bridge and begin the bridge climb to see the city from its lofty vantage point.
Q:What is the oldest building in The Rocks?
A:Built in 1816, Cadmans Cottage is now the oldest building in The Rocks. It is one of the few surviving buildings from the colony's early days. The Rocks is home to several historic pubs that are among Sydney's oldest, including the Fortune of War (1828) and Lord Nelson Brewery (1841).
Q:Why is it called The Rocks?
A:The first convicts to live in the area after the arrival of European settlers named it The Rocks after the rocky landscape full of sandstone outcrops. It's kept the name even though much of that sandstone was used to construct the early buildings that obscured its landscape.
Q:What movie is set in The Rocks?
A:The iconic area of Sydney close to several famous landmarks has been a filming location in movies including Mission: Impossible 2 and Mao's Last Dancer. Many TV shows have filmed at the Rocks including The Amazing Race and Modern Family, thanks to its waterfront views of the Sydney Opera House.
Q:Is The Rocks the oldest part of Sydney?
A:Yes, The Rocks is the oldest part of Sydney’s city and was the first place settled by Europeans arriving at Sydney Cove on January 26, 1788. It is believed that the British flag was planted somewhere on The Rocks’ waterfront by Captain Phillip and the First Fleet on that day.