Sydney is called the ‘city of villages’, and the more I explore the more I realize how unique and diverse the different neighborhoods are. As Alex and I began our apartment search we had no shortage of advice and opinions on the different neighborhoods in the metro area. The one thing that everyone agreed on is that each neighborhood had its own personality, and it was best to explore as many as possible. That sounded like good advice to me, and I thought I’d take you along for the ride. We’ll start where the first European settlers did: The Rocks.
The area is named for the local sandstone, and many of the beautiful older buildings in the city are built from those rocks. Today The Rocks is very popular with the tourist crowd, boasting attractions including The Opera House, The Royal Botanical Gardens, and The Observatory as well as breathtaking views of the harbour and the Harbour Bridge. The Rocks is also home to Circular Quay, an important transportation hub and home to some very lovely ferry rides.
The Rocks has always been a popular area, but not always with the most upstanding crowd. I think my Sydney guidebook said it best: “It was a seedy place, where sailors, whalers and rapscallions boozed and brawled shamelessly in countless harbourside pubs.”
Though it is often overcrowded, The Rocks really is a must see if only for the Opera House (though I promise that you’ll want to see more). Here are several shots from a walk through The Rocks on a lovely Saturday afternoon. Enjoy!
Head over to Flickr for more of The Rocks!