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The Rocks Self Guided Walking Tour

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Where will I walk and what will I hear?

The Rocks Self Guided Walking Tour starts at Circular Quay train station, and winds its way through the streets and back alleys of the Rocks and Miller’s Point. There are 9 stops along the way, where you’ll listen to tales about the first fleet’s landing, the horrific conditions at Sydney’s first hospital and gaol, the unruly ‘Rocks Push’, Cadman’s Cottage and the inspired entrepreneur Robert Cambpell. You’ll also visit Sydney’s shortest street, relive the times when plague gripped the city and stop off at the Susannah Place Terraces!
View Map of The Rocks Walk.

How much does the walk cost, and what do I get?

The Rocks Self Guided Walking Tour will cost you $10AUD. We use a safe and secure online credit card transaction system called Paypal, and there are no hidden costs. After your payment has been confirmed, you will be granted access to download the audio, a track listing, a map and several other information pages, including tips on getting there and away.

How far is the walk, and how long will it take?

The Rocks Self Guided Walking tour is approximately 2.5 kilometres in length. The audio is almost an hour long, which includes the stories, as well as directions on where to walk. The pace at which you do this self guided walking tour is up to you! You might like to take a seat and listen to the audio when you reach one of the points of interest along the way…take your time, and soak up the atmosphere in this character filled district of Sydney.

How difficult is the walk?

The walk will vary in difficulty depending on your level of fitness. Some may find it more difficult than others. The walking surface is concrete or gravel for the majority of the walk, however there are some cobblestone and sandstone footpath sections. There are several stairways that are included in the route, which are quite steep.

What public facilities are along the way?

There are public toilets located at Circular Quay train station, Suez Canal and the Rocks Visitor’s Information Centre. The location of these toilets will be marked on your map when you purchase The Rocks Self Guided Walking Tour. There is occasional seating located along the designated route, and there are numerous food and drink outlets located within the Rocks district.

Getting there and away:

How do I get to the start of the walk near Circular Quay Railway Station?
Train: CityRail trains run regularly to and from Circular Quay Railway Station. Visitors should use the following train lines:
  • The South Line (indicated as a blue line on your CityRail network map)
  • The Inner West Line (indicated as a purple line on your CityRail network map)
  • The Airport and East Hills Line (indicated as a green line on your CityRail network map)
  • The Bankstown Line (indicated as an orange line on your CityRail network map)
Ferry: Circular Quay Ferry Wharf is the terminal point for all ferries traveling throughout Sydney Harbour. Ferries arrive at the wharf via the following routes:
  • Pyrmont Bay
  • Birkenhead
  • Parramatta
  • Rydalmere
  • Woolwich
  • North Sydney
  • Mosman
  • Manly
  • Watson’s Bay
Bus: The following buses arrive and depart from the bus depot across the road from Circular Quay Railway Station:
  • 301
  • 302
  • 303
  • 309
  • 310
  • 311
  • 324
  • 325
  • 326
  • 371
  • 373
  • 374
  • 376
  • 377
  • 380
  • 389
  • 392
  • 394
  • 396
  • 397
  • 399
Taxi: Request your driver takes you to Circular Quay Railway Station.

How do I get from the end of the walk at The Susannah Place Terraces, in The Rocks, back to Circular Quay Railway Station?
Taxi: Pick up from Gloucester Street, The Rocks, to your final destination.
Walk: Walk down the stairs next to the terraces. You will pass across Harrington Street, and as you walk down the next set of stairs, you will find yourself back at the Nurses walk. From here, it is a simple 5 minute walk back to the station, heading in the opposite direction to the way you came during The Rocks Self Guided Walking Tour.

What do I take with me?

Download Information

The Self Guided Walking Tour package that you need to download will be approximately 50Mb in size. We recommend that a Broadband internet connection is used to download this tour.

What annual local events are on?

The Rocks Markets The Rocks Markets are held every weekend from 10am to 5pm, on George Street. To find out more visit
The Rocks Aroma Coffee Festival The Rocks Aroma Coffee Festival is the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. Coffee roasters from around the state offer their specialty brews for as little as $1 per cup.

Related Links…

Learn more about The Rocks by visiting the following websites.
The Rocks Village:
Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority:
Sydney Visitor Centre:
City Of Sydney:
Susannah Place Museum:

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