The Rocks

Suburb located north of the central business district on the western shore of Sydney Cove. Characterised by a precinct of restored nineteenth-century buildings which are a major tourist attraction, it was recognised as a separate suburb in 1993.

Milestone
Died
27 Feb 1788
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Aboriginal
Tallawoladah
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The Rocks

CC BY-SA 2.0
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2008

Called Tallawoladah by the Cadigal, The Rocks was the convicts' side of town after Europeans arrived, and kept some of its unruly, disreputable air into the twentieth century. Residents' action saved it from destruction in the 1970s, and now a tourist attraction, The Rocks miraculously escaped both high-rise and grid.

Painting Old Sydney

CC BY-SA 2.0
,
2014

Just over a century ago, a unique collection of paintings opened a window to the urban life of the Rocks and Millers Point before their major transformation. No part of Sydney had been depicted so intensively. The Old Sydney Exhibition succeeded in bringing the loss of Old Sydney to the attention of the public, and so planted the seeds of the heritage conservation movement.

Merriman Stairs

CC BY-SA 2.5 AU
,
2018

Merriman Stairs linked Argyle Street, Millers Point with Princes Street in The Rocks. They were constructed in 1859 and demolished in 1931 due to the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Playfair Stairs

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2018

Playfair Stairs in The Rocks was an unusually shaped stairway, which did not fit neatly into the typical stairway typologies of the city. The stairway bent around the corner into Cambridge Street like an elbow.