The Rocks is the historical heart of Sydney in the shadows of the harbour bridge. This village is where the first European settlers in Sydney – British convicts and their prison guards – first made their homes in 1788. The Rocks has a colourful past but now it’s a thriving area with independent shops, restaurants and galleries.
The Rocks Discovery Museum is free to enter and tells the story of The Rocks. This interactive museum is housed in a sandstone warehouse, dating back to the 1850s. I spent a good hour or so absorbing the exhibits and really enjoyed it. I do love a good museum, especially a free one!
The weirdest and coolest thing about The Rocks is its proximity to modern Sydney. It’s such a juxtaposition.
The Rocks is nestled between Circular Quay and the Bradfield Highway, which leads over the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It would be a pretty cool place to stay, really central with loads going on. If the likes of the Shangri-La fall outside your price range, which I’m sure is true for most people, there’s a new offering. YHA Sydney Harbour is deluxe hostel that was opened in late 2009 right in The Rocks. It’s the only hostel in this part of Sydney and has views to die for! Next time I’m in Sydney I will definitely be staying there!
Sydney is a wonderful city with loads going on for the budget traveller. Exploring The Rocks is free and so worth while. The Rocks is literally next to Circular Quay so really easy to get to by public transport but most places in the city centre are walk-able. I was staying near to Central Station about 2.5km away just a leisurely 30 minute walk through downtown Sydney. I always prefer walking in cities as you get a much better feel for the place and stumble across sights that you may have otherwise missed.