The Rocks District Sydney Australia

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Walk with ChaMike at The Rocks District.

While I was doing my research months before our Sydney trip, I was convinced that staying in the Rocks District would be the best option. This charming area was our home for 5 days in Sydney.

The Rocks District as they say is Sydney's birthplace. It is the original settlement of convicts in Sydney's early eras. The well preserved cobblestone streets and stone buildings give its visitors a peek on how Sydney looked like centuries ago. The close proximity to Circular Quay, weekend markets, historical museums, hotels and restaurants with harbor views make the Rocks precinct a famous tourist attraction.

The Rocks District
How to get to the Rocks District
Alight Circular Quay station walk for 5 minutes
or alight Wynyard Station walk for 10 minutes

Old Colonial Houses

The Rocks #OOTD
Black Jumpsuit | Forever21
Hat | Soak Swimwear
Shades | Georgina Sasha
Bag | Michael Kors
Shoes | Tutum Shop

Walking along the cobblestoned street
Mike at the icon of the Rocks' old settlers 

Staying here was really convenient and affordable. Sydney Harbour YHA is a famous hostel  in Sydney not only because of its cheap offerings but also because of its unique features like the parcel of history they preserved at the ground floor of the building and the magnificent view of the harbor at the rooftop deck.

Sydney Harbour YHA
The Big Dig at the ground floor
Harbor view at the roof deck terrace

The Rocks Weekend Market
Every Saturday and Sunday a lively market can be seen everywhere in the Rocks. Vendors sell unique and eclectic items you will not find anywhere. Most if not all of the vendors make the items they sell. From photo albums, accessories, artworks to unique art pieces, the Rocks Weekend Market has became a part of Sydney's tradition.

Opening Time
10am - 5pm, Saturday and Sunday

The Rocks Market
Street performers
Selling artsy stuff

Mugs, photo albums, accessories and spices
More unique finds

Looking for a unique item to buy

Found this, got to even talk to the actual artist

Every Friday you can go on a food trip at The Rocks Friday Foodie Market from 9am to 3pm. Too bad we were only in Sydney until Thursday.

The Rocks Discovery Museum
This free for all historical museum is a three-story display of artifacts about the Rocks history from pre-European up to the present.

Opening Time
10am- 5pm, Daily

The Rocks Discovery Museum

Tucked in an alley from Argyle Street
Cadmans Cottage
Just in front of the harbor lies the oldest building in Sydney. Built in 1816, this sandstone cottage had been a water transport headquarters, sailors home and water police station.

Cadmans Cottage
The oldest house is just right in front of the harbor so it's easy to find
Susannah Place
An old residential house turned into a museum that has a terrace of four brick and sandstone buildings dating back to 1844. Discover how it was to live in Sydney's oldest neighborhood.

Opening Time
2pm- 5pm, Daily

Entrance Fee
Au$ 8

You can only visit the museum thru a guided tour that runs everyday at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm.

Susannah Place
I also read that ghost tours are also being conducted in this place. So for tourists who love spooky adventures you can check it out.

Ghost tours being conducted while going back to our hostel
Museum of Contemporary Art
Australian and international modern art gallery nestled between Circular Quay and the Rocks precinct.

Opening Time
10am- 5pm, Monday- Wednesday, Friday-Saturday
10am- 9pm, Thursday

Entrance Fee

Museum of Contemporary Art

A popular bike rental services in Sydney is in the Rocks District. They have 3 self guided tours which you can explore. Mike and I biked around Sydney Opera House and Hyde Park for 1 and half hours. 

Bike with ChaMike
Observatory Hill
This million-dollar viewing point is located just a walking distance from Sydney Harbour YHA. The hill offers a magnificent panoramic view of the harbor and the bridge for free. A relaxing escape after you exhausted yourself from all the walking you've made around the Rocks.

Observatory Hill
After our exhausting bike tour we went here to end the day
#ChaMikiss at the Observatory

Dawes Point
At the corner of Hyatt around the Rocks you can get a magnificent view of the two iconic Sydney landmarks- Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Square.

View of Sydney Opera House from Dawes Point
View of Sydney Harbour Bridge at Dawes Point
Dining at the Rocks
Because of its location, there are tons of restaurants and bars around the Rocks. We tried a few of them. 

Australian Heritage Hotel
This was the closest establishment from Sydney Harbour YHA. In fact, the two buildings are just right beside each other. This well-known accommodation is popular for its best tasting Kangaroo and Emu Pizza. However, Mike and I didn't get to taste the Emu Pizza as they already ran out of stock. The Kangaroo Pizza was sooo good! You've got to try it. Seriously.

Australian Heritage Hotel
Kangaroo Pizza!

Pancakes on the the Rocks
A casual dining place that features great tasting pancakes and other offerings. This was the place recommended to us by Mike's family friends, Tito Nides and Tita Beth. Indeed their pancakes rock! BTW their hash brown is to die for.

Our orders at Pancakes on the Rocks

ChaMike with Tito and Tita

Tea Cosy
Run by an Irish-Australian family, Tea Cosy is a quaint tea room serving delicious scones and old style devonshire tea. I fell in love with the photos and great reviews online, so I made sure to visit this homey place.

Soon Tea Cosy The Rocks Sydney Australia

Tea Cosy
This fascinating old town was a perfect venue to stay in Sydney. Just by walking along the street can make you fall in love with this district. If ever I will be given a chance to go back, I'll definitely book in the area again. 

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