DFS Destinations: The Rocks — Must-See Sights

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Charming waterfront quarter The Rocks is one of Sydney’s most historic areas, home to heritage sandstone buildings, atmospheric cobbled lanes, and jaw-dropping views of Sydney Harbour Bridge (plus lots of other Instagrammable spots. Get your Insta filters chosen!


Not content with appreciating Sydney Harbour Bridge from afar? BridgeClimb guides guests up this iconic steel structure via various vertiginous routes, with jaw-dropping summit views.  

3 Cumberland Street

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

Your go-to for inspiring Australian art, the MCA displays modern and indigenous works in a striking heritage-modern building, with a free permanent collection and ticketed exhibitions. For local contemporary design and art buys, MCA Store sells cards, books, homewares, toys, jewelry, and fashion accessories.  

140 George Street 

Sydney Observatory 

Get starry-eyed at Sydney Observatory, set in a little park above The Rocks with dramatic views. This historic site includes the city’s first Time Ball, used daily to signal the time to ships.  

1003 Upper Fort Street, Millers Point

The Rocks Discovery Museum 

Delve into local history at The Rocks Discovery Museum, a free attraction housed in an 1850s sandstone warehouse. Exhibits cover archaeological artifacts, Aboriginal and colonial heritage, and more recent struggles to preserve this fast-gentrifying area.  

Kendall Lane

The Rocks Markets 

Every weekend, The Rocks Markets brings this historic quarter alive (Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.). Stalls tout fab food, fashion, jewelry, beauty booty, and art and craft pieces, with local artisan makers also selling their wares online. There’s a Friday night edition too (4 p.m.–9 p.m.). 

George Street, Playfair Street and Jack Mundey Place

The Rocks Walking Tours 

Explore Sydney’s oldest colonial area by foot with The Rocks Walking Tours<https://www.rockswalkingtours.com.au/> to learn the stories of Australia’s first British settlement. Guided 90-minute tours depart twice daily with highlights including historic Cadman’s Cottage, skinny alleys Nurses Walk and Suez Canal, and epic rock cutting the Argyle Cut.  

Clocktower Square, Shop 5, corner Argyle and Harrington streets

We recommend checking websites before visiting, as some venues are currently impacted by the Sydney lockdown; others are offering takeout, virtual experiences, and online shopping services or Click & Collect.