The Rocks#5 in Best Things To Do in Sydney
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Earning its name from the sandstone rocks that line Sydney Harbour, this neighborhood is as quaint as it is cool. Its cobblestone streets and 19th-century buildings are oh-so charming, but the shops, pubs, restaurants and galleries are very fun and very au courant. Plus, its prime location next to attractions like the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge makes this trendy neighborhood extremely convenient for tourists.
Though the neighborhood offers plenty to explore any day of the week, on weekends, the area features an arts and crafts market (Saturdays and Sundays) and a foodie market (on Fridays). Some prior visitors caution that the market items can be a bit pricey, but they also note these goods are a more unique alternative to the stereotypical Sydney souvenirs found in other parts of the city. Other visitors simply enjoyed exploring the area and checking out the historic architecture.
To get to The Rocks, visitors can take a ferry, bus or train to Circular Quay and then walk a few blocks northwest. Most stores in The Rocks are open from 10 a.m. to 5 or 6 p.m. daily, while cafes, restaurants and bars are open throughout the day and evening. The Rocks Friday Foodie Market occurs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays, and The Rocks Markets take place every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except on major holidays). The neighborhood itself is free to visit, but you'll want to bring money for food and shopping. And if you have an iVenture Card, take advantage of the free walking tour included in your card's purchase fee. Also, download the free "Walking The Rocks" smartphone app for historical context about the area.
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#1 Sydney Harbour Bridge
The Sydney Harbour Bridge stands next to the Opera House as one of the city's most iconic landmarks. Lovingly called the "Coathanger" by locals, this towering structure is one of the world's largest steel arch bridges. And while you can capture stunning pictures of the bridge from one of Sydney Harbour's ferry boats, for an unforgettable experience, sign up for a bridge climb through BridgeClimb Sydney. Ranging from nearly two to nearly four hours in length, the bridge climb provides visitors with panoramic views of the Harbour, the Sydney skyline and the Opera House.
Although some former visitors complained of the high price tags, many said the bridge climbs are the best way to experience this iconic attraction, calling it a must-do experience. While climbs are offered throughout the day every day, travelers recommend scheduling a climb at twilight, which will give you three different views – daylight, sunset and nighttime – in one. If you're afraid of heights, reviewers still suggest you consider the experience as the staff is well-trained to help you overcome your anxieties.
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