The Rocks & Darling Harbour

The Rocks & Darling Harbour

Local vibe: A place to celebrate

From cobbled courtyards and hand-hewn sandstone, to the shimmering city lights on the water, The Rocks and Darling Harbour pay homage to Sydney, from European settlement to the bicentenary and beyond.


Explore The Rocks, the historic site of Australia’s first European settlement in 1788, and marvel at The Argyle Cut – hand-hewn by convicts to connect Sydney Cove with Darling Harbour and Millers Point. Be inspired at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Play, discover and relax at Darling Harbour, home to family friendly sites the Australian National Maritime Museum, SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, Madame Tussauds Sydney and the Chinese Garden of Friendship.


The Rocks’ cobbled laneways and squares are bursting with shops selling clothing, mementos and more. Wander the weekend Rocks Markets, with its vibrant range of artisan crafts, jewellery and food. Browse the Museum of Contemporary Art’s gift shop – offering crafts, glassworks, ceramics and more. At Darling Harbour, indulge in shopping at Harbourside, open until 9pm daily.


Relax with locals and a beer at historic Rocks pubs including Sydney’s oldest, The Fortune of War, and The Argyle. Pick up some pastries for brunch or lunch at Baroque Bistro and book dinner at the stylish Sake Restaurant & Bar.

Enjoy the Opera House views from the rooftop café of the Museum of Contemporary Art, or chill out over a cocktail and ‘dude food’ snacks at The Push, underneath The Russell Hotel. Stroll the Darling Harbour promenade, and choose from everything from seafood to steaks. Indulge in exquisite lunch or dinner at Quay, one of Australia’s – and the world’s – best restaurants.

Last updated: Thursday, 6 August 2015