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Markets set up in The Rocks, looking towards the Harbour Bridge, SydneyMarkets set up in The Rocks, looking towards the Harbour Bridge, Sydney

The Rocks Self Guided Walking Tour

For the independent traveller who loves to get out and explore, this tour of the Rocks area is a must-do.

Why go there

This harbourside neighbourhood of sandstone warehouses and merchants' houses has been transformed into a cosmopolitan gateway to Sydney. Today there are art galleries, boutiques, cafes, a weekend market, great shopping and some of the best views of Sydney's icons.

Set your own pace on a Rocks Walking Tour when a guide explains the quirky stories, scandals and history of an earlier era.

If you pay a small fee over the internet, you can download audio files, a map and instructions. The audio files can be saved to a CD, iPod, audio device or MP3 player. You can also download self-guided tours from Bondi to Bronte and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Don't miss

The Rocks wheelchair accessible tour, which is a recent addition to the Self-Guided Walking Tours collection.

Access for all

Mobility access throughout venue and toiletsClear path of travel for blind and low vision

The Rocks wheelchair accessible tour starts at Circular Quay, wandering through The Rocks to the historic Lord Nelson Hotel before returning via an archaeological dig in the area. The walk takes about 90 minutes.

Audio files identify sections which may be difficult to access, such as the hill down Suez Canal which is bumpy and narrow where it meets George Street.

The Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority has been improving access for visitors in recent years and the accessible walking tour may well suit people with impaired vision.

An accessible toilet is located in the Sydney Visitors Centre, which has ramp access from the Rocks Square.

Eating out

Visitors to the Rocks can enjoy plenty of excellent dining options, from harbourside restaurants to historic pubs with outdoor gardens, and quaint cafes.

How to get there