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On The Rocks

Encompassing the area where Europeans first made landfall on the Sydney coast, The Rocks comes chockablock (as the Aussies might say) with history. The district has seen plenty of ups-and-downs in its long coming-of-age, but the blend of historical ambience (cobblestone lanes, centuries-old pubs) and thronged shops, art galleries, museums, bars, and eateries makes it a hugely popular tourist destination.

Among the specific attractions in The Rocks are Cadman's Cottage, constructed in 1816; The Rocks Discovery Museum with its fascinating overview of neighborhood history; and the open-air harborside shopper's paradise of The Rocks Markets.

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