Australia is a big place that offers so much to see and discover for the tourists who want to experience a true sense of life down under. In fact, there is almost too much to see and to do in Australia for you to make the most of your holiday! Instead, you should stick to one area at a time and embrace its culture and history to the fullest. So if you are heading to Sydney, for a taste of urban life, you might want to make time to discover the historic area of the city center, The Rocks, which is adjacent to the first European settlement in Australia, dating back to 1788, Circular Quay. The Rocks was established shortly after the colony’s formation and has kept a rough reputation for centuries until a People’s Plan was developed in the 1970s to help the redevelopment of the then aging locality. Now, the Rocks is the home of several artists and history-enthusiasts who have made the place a pleasant and exciting area for tourists and locals. So if you are heading to The Rocks, here’s a little guide of where to stay and how to live like a local for your holiday.
Where To Stay
The Rocks offers a scenic view of the iconic Harbour Bridge which carries traffic above the harbour of Sydney and into the business district. You may even know its nickname, the Coathanger, because of its arch-based design. As a result, you will find a lot of independent hotels and Bed&Breakfast accommodations offering view of the harbour. Do take the advantage if you can and settle at the Harbour Rocks Hotel which is an intimate boutique hotel a few minutes’ walk from the Coathanger and the Opera House. This is the ideal location for tourists, and its quiet surroundings make it also a favorite of business travelers too.
Discover Delicious Food
With a large variety of delicious restaurants and coffee shops, including great thai food The Rocks is the place to be for gourmets on the go. If you fancy something sweet after a long day, head to Guylian Belgian chocolate café that serves delicious cakes and decadent hot chocolates to take your sweet tooth on a one-way ticket to culinary heaven. All you need to do is to walk down the streets to discover independent gourmet choices from all around the world. If you need a break from your chain restaurant or coffee shop, The Rocks is a destination to remember.
Tour Through The Iconic District
The Rocks, located on the harbourside of Sydney where the first European settlement began, has a rich history, paved with cobblestones and quirky cul-de-sacs to take you through the past. This history precinct holds some of the oldest pubs in Sydney and some of the best art museums too, so you can imagine that visitors and locals have all they need to remain endlessly entertained! Do stop at the bright and lively weekend markets to experience the real side of The Rocks.