It’s the start of the new year and I have been neglecting this blog for a while. So it’s time to start my travel tales again. To start things off, we are off to Down Under.

Anyone who has visited Sydney would have heard of “The Rocks”. Located near the Sydney Harbour Bridge, this area was the site of the first settlement when convicts from England arrived here. It used to be a slum in it’s early years but has now evolved into a tourist attraction in it’s own right. During my first visit to Sydney (you can read it here) I didn’t get a chance to visit The Rocks. So on my second visit, I made sure to see as much as I could of it.

You can visit The Rocks anytime, but the best time is to visit it during weekends when they hold their weekend market that runs on Saturdays and Sundays. Well, I happened to be there just before Christmas, and they were running the Christmas market which makes it a little more festive, and the opening hours get extended into the night.

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The Rocks is located next to the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The government at one time wanted to demolish the whole area and convert it into prime housing, but for the actions of civil groups that protested, this place has been conserved.
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Memorials scattered through The Rocks tell a bit of the history of the early settlers in Sydney.
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Even dogs get their own memorials like this statue of a dog named Biggles. He died while chasing rats off a cliff in 1994.
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The old buildings and structures in the area make for good photography.
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Every weekend, there is a street market at The Rocks.
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The Rocks weekend market is a great place to mingle with tourists and locals, and also shop.
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And there are activity corners for you to paint, play on a giant chessboard, or just lie down.

Unlike a lot of other flea or weekend markets in some parts of the world where you find mostly mass produced souvenirs from China, the shops at The Rocks weekend market sell locally handcrafted stuff. So if you are looking for something unique for yourself or friends back home, this would be a good place to start.

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Miniatures of Australia’s native animals for sale.
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Here are some stuff for the more adventurous shopper.
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And if you are even more adventurous, why not chow down on some of these native meats.
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One of the roads is closed to traffic and converted into a street market.
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As I was there on the last weekend before Christmas, the market was opened on a Friday and until 9 pm, along with street performers.

So if you are in Sydney during the weekend, this could be an interesting place to visit and get a souvenir at the same time.

Getting There

The Rocks is directly south of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the best way to get there is to go to Circular Quay and take a short walk towards the bridge. The subway and ferries will both take you to Circular Quay, which is the main tourist area.

5 thoughts on “The Rocks

  1. It looks more lively than when I went. But then I think I wasn’t there during the weekend. Did you get any souvenirs in the end? Those miniatures of Australia’s native animals are really cute.

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