THE ROCKS :: SYDNEY :: NEW SOUTH WALES
FOR TOURISTS, THIS IS THE PLACE TO GO TO SEE WHAT REMAINS OF CONVICT AND HISTORIC SYDNEY. For locals, this is the place to go to get pissed (drunk), and if you are unlucky, maybe find yourself in the middle of a blue (fight). Especially on a public holiday like Australia Day! This is the one part of Sydney where, wandering in, you might think you have stumbled into Europe -- it has it all, the tight-packed old stone houses and old stone cobbled streets. There is a reason for this -- The Rocks is in fact the oldest settlement on the entire Australian mainland, and much of the ambience of this area has been preserved. But if you could imagine what would happen if you picked up a chunk of Georgian England (all cobblestone and narrow lane), carried it halfway around the world, and then dumped it on the most unsuspecting sandstone shore you could find -- then imagine you seared the said creation beneath a blue sky and dazzling Australian sun, and loomed over it with skyscrapers -- well anyway, the result would be something like The Rocks.
To complete the picture, gentrify the area with an assortment of old school pubs, selling a variety of Old World beers and other drinks (and the occasional aggressive drunk).
e -- to make it really authentic you have go to flood the place with foreign tourists.
What do you have -- voila!, The Rocks! It is not the kind of place I went to often when I lived in Australia, but I can understand its appeal with tourists. As The Rocks Village website reported:
"Today it is Sydney's historic old town quarter, nestled between the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House."
FIRST A RUN-DOWN OF SOME OF THE THINGS YOU CAN SEE I THE ROCKS, ALL THE TYPICAL TOURIST STUFF, AND THEN, FOR A BIT OF SPICE, I WILL RELATE ONE OR TWO OF MY MOST RECENT EXPERIENCES THERE. First, those stats and recommendations about what to see in The Rocks:
--+- Shop for antiques, collectibles, souvenirs and a wide variety of original Australian art (Aboriginal pieces), crafts, fashions and designer jewellery (opals, etc).
++-+ Have a drink at Australiafs oldest licensed hotel. Click here for a list and description of places where you can drink and party in The Rocks.
lking tours of this fascinating area.
Go to the American Express lounge at Circular Quay... and maybe get a discount! Membership has its privileges.Reconnect with my faith at the Soka Gakkai Centre!