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Sydney
NSW overview

Introduction

1. The City
2. Circular Quay
3. Sydney Harbour
4. Harbour Bridge
5. Opera House
6. The Rocks
7. Chinatown
8. Darling Harbour
9. Beaches

10. NORTH
11. EAST

12. Shopping

13.
Olympics

THE ROCKS



The site of the first colonial settlement in Australia in 1788, when about 1400 men, women and children arrived after 250 days sailing in the First Fleet, a fleet of prison ships.
Situated at the northern end of George Street, Sydney. Adjacent to Circular Quay and a short walk from the Sydney Opera House.

The best way to explore The Rocks is on foot, as you wander the many lanes and old courtyards.

ARGYLE CUT: connects Sydney Cove with Millers Point, started in 1843 by convicts with hammers and chisels, completed in 1867 with the help of explosives.

ARGYLE PLACE: on the other side of Argyle Cut, at Millers Point, surviving intact with its little village green from the 1830s.

THE EARTH EXCHANGE: an interactive geological and mining museum.

Garrison Church
GARRISON CHURCH

Built in 1840 for the soldiers to attend services, still used today.



Lord Nelson Hotel
LORD NELSON BREWERY HOTEL

The oldest remaining hotel in Sydney.
Built in 1836, of sandstone.
Converted to a hotel in 1841.
Beer brewed on the premises.


HISTORICAL AND MILITARY MUSEUM: at the Garrison Church.
Open Tues-Sat 11am-3pm, Sun 12-4pm.

Susannah's Place SUSANNAH PLACE

A row of four terrace houses, and a corner shop, occupied by working class
families in the mid 1800s, showing living conditions as they were then.

Open on weekends, 10am-5pm.
Open daily in January.
Open Tues, Wed and Thurs during NSW school holidays.
For group bookings open Tues, Wed and Thurs 10am-5pm.

Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day.

Admission charges.

58-64 Gloucester Street.
Tel. 9241 1893    ...more info

Sydney Observatory

SYDNEY OBSERVATORY
Highest point in the city. Signal station built on summit in 1848, later became the Sydney Observatory. Australia's oldest existing observatory.
Exhibition showing the many constellations in the southern skies with explanation of their creation.
Bookings for group and night visits essential.
Open 10am-5pm daily. (Closed Christmas Day)
Admission free;
Observatory Hill
Tel. 9217 0485    ...more info

THE ROCKS MARKET
Every Saturday and Sunday, set up under a cluster of canopies under the Harbour Bridge, between 10am - 5pm.

SYDNEY VISITORS CENTRE
(In the historic old Sailors' Home, built in 1864 to provide a bed, bath and a meal at a reasonable cost for sailors, cheated out of their earnings.)

For general information on Sydney and NSW, brochures and maps.
Accommodation, tour and booking facilities available.
Multi-lingual staff.
Exhibition and videos on history of Sydney.
106 George Street, The Rocks
Open 9am-6pm daily.
Tel. 9255 1788     .....more info

Old Court OLD CORONERS COURT:

104 George Street, Sydney, with the former City Morgue below.

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
140 George Street, The Rocks
International and local contemporary work.
Open 10am-6pm daily (closed Christmas Day)
Admission free.
Tel. 9245 2400


East meets West at: Chinatown »     


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Access Sydney (Access Sydney, 1st Ed)

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Berlitz Sydney (Berlitz Pocket Guides)