Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
The Rocks in Sydney has captured my attention ever since I was a kid and read Playing Beattie Bow by Ruth Park. Even though it is super touristy, I still love wandering around this historical area of the city nestled up next to Circular Quay in the Sydney CBD area. The Rocks area was one of the very first settled areas of Sydney and was first used as an open-air gaol. Thereafter it was a busy port location and attracted all kinds of colourful characters and goings on in the 19th century. These days you can still wander the cobblestoned streets past 19th century former warehouses, sailor’s cottages and the like, but the area has been gentrified beyond belief. It is now a stylish part of the city replete with some excellent restaurants and bars. The Rocks Markets are some of Sydney’s best and the perfect place to start your Saturday strolling with a coffee among the fresh produce and handicrafts. I highly recommend a visit to The Rocks Museum and taking a guided walking tour to come to grips with the rich history of the area. The nightly Rocks Ghost Tour is a fun way to learn more about its convict past, hauntings and history in one of the oldest quarters in the city.