The district in Sydney known as The Rocks is quite close to the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the CBD. The Overseas Passenger Terminal is also located here (see the photo above), which makes it easy for cruise passengers to see the highlights of Sydney while in port.
It is also close to the transport hub of the city, Circular Quay, making it very easy to get to and from The Rocks.
Below I’ve posted a series of photos of some of the buildings in this area.
While visiting The Rocks in Sydney late last year we came across this very unusual Christmas Tree.
It was made up entirely of old chairs.
A very unusual form of artistic expression.
Nearby there was a large memorial to the early settlers.
While we were in Sydney visiting the Weekend Markets at The Rocks, we came to a spot where you can stand under the Sydney Harbour Bridge approach carriageway. This gives a totally different perspective of this iconic Australian place.
What most people do not know is that there is a much smaller architectural delight right under the bridge. In the photo below I’ve shown this very ornate toilet that has existed there for as long as I can remember.
Just a word of warning though: it is exclusively for men!
And it is so small there is standing room only.
Click on the photos to enlarge the images.
During our holiday in Sydney last Christmas we went to visit The Rocks Weekend Markets. The Rocks area is close to the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Circular Quay, and are therefore very accessible to locals and tourists alike.
The Weekend Markets are held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday and are a mixture of open air a temporarily covered sites.
The Weekend Markets are an amazing array of goods for sale, ranging from books, jewellery, clothing, original artwork, prints, photographs, CDs and DVDs, food, confectionery, home wares, health products and cosmetics. Prices range from bargains through to very expensive. There are many food and drink outlets in the area too.
For more information to to the website here.
The Susannah Place Museum in the Rocks district of inner Sydney preserves some of the social history of this interesting part of Australia. This group of terrace houses was built in 1844 and has been in continuous use ever since. Now it is only a museum, but one of the houses was still occupied a few years ago.
Each of the former homes have been decorated and furnished in a different era of its history. Moving through the various homes and rooms in each home on the guided tour is like walking through the pages of early Australian history.
This museum is only a short walk from Circular Quay in central Sydney. It has proved to be very popular with tourists and locals wanting to taste a little of Sydney’s past.