11 Oct History and Friday Foodies Day
Nestled in the shadow of the imposing Sydney Harbour Bridge and just a short walk from the western sweep of Circular Quay is the Rocks – the harbour side precinct where European settlement began in Australia. The meandering cobblestone alleys and cul-de-sacs will take you on a journey through the colourful and often dubious history of the area.
Taking its name from the blocks of sandstone used for the construction of the buildings, the Rocks reveals some of Australia’s architectural and historical curiosities. Earmarked for demolition, with the intervention of the Rocks Residents’ Group, the area was restored to its colonial integrity in the 1970’s and has evolved into a thriving commercial and tourist hub, boasting boutique restaurants and motels, quaint galleries, elegant retail outlets and historic pubs, two of which, the Fortunes of War and the Lord Nelson, vie for the title of Australia’s oldest. As the haunts of sailors, soldiers and stevedores, seeking escape from their isolation and loneliness, what intriguing tales are secreted within their walls?
The area also hosts the renowned weekend Rocks Markets. Operating Saturday and Sunday between 10.00 and 5.00, the 100 plus stalls are a treasure trove for quality hand-crafted items ranging from unique giftware and jewellery to silk scarves, stylish clothing, home décor and gourmet condiments. On Fridays the Friday Foodie market operates between 9.00 and 3.00 and during summer, night markets add to the character of the area.
A visit to the Rocks is a must for all visitors to Sydney. Adjust your pace to the more relaxed measure of the era. Allow at least half a day to immerse yourself in the history and connect with the colourful characters of the colony’s early days. For further information or advice, contact one of our friendly migration agents, who are always on hand to help. http://www.ausentry.co.uk