Where will I go and what will I hear?
The Rocks Wheelchair Accessible Self Guided Walking Tour starts in the park just outside of Circular Quay train station and winds
its way through the atmospheric streets of the Rocks and Miller’s Point districts. 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!
How much does the tour cost, and what do I get?
The Rocks Wheelchair Accessible 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 tour, and how long will it take?
The Rocks Wheelchair Accessible Self Guided Walking Tour is approximately 2.7 kilometres in length. The audio is almost
an hour long, which includes the stories, as well as directions on where to go. The pace at which you do this tour is up
to you! It is recommended that you stop 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 tour?
Every individual is different, and as such, opinions vary on how hard or easy the tour is perceived to be! The wheelchair
accessible route follows level footpaths, however given the nature of the Rocks district, there are a few steep
inclines which can’t be avoided. These inclines shouldn’t trouble a power wheelchair user, however a manual wheelchair user
may need to take their time or ask for assistance if they find it too difficult. If you use any other type of mobility aide,
such as crutches or a walking frame, you will need a reasonable level of cardiovascular fitness to complete this tour. There
are some optional cobblestone and sandstone footpath sections, but alternatives have been provided if this proves difficult.
Keep in mind that there are plenty of scenic places to stop and rest along the way! The beauty of this tour is that you
can do it in your own time, at your own pace and not miss a thing!
What public facilities are along the way?
Accessible toilet facilities can be found in the following locations around Circular Quay and within the Rocks district:
- Circular Quay Train Station – open 7 days during business hours
- Well Courtyard, Suez Canal – open 7 days during business hours
- The Argyle Stores - open 7 days during business hours
- Overseas Passenger Terminal - open 7 days during business hours
- Sydney Visitor’s Centre The Rocks – open 7 days during business hours
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:
CityRail trains run regularly to and from Circular Quay Railway Station, which is wheelchair accessible. Visitors should use the following train lines:
The following information is provided by CityRail, with respect to its wheelchair accessible facilities:
- 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)
Wheelchair accessible means the station has either a lift, level access or a compliant ramp (1:14) from street
level to all platforms, and a portable platform to train boarding ramp.
 The station is staffed from the first train service to the last train service.
 The station is not staffed from the first train service to the last train service. Assistance from a friend or carer may be required after station hours.
The stations listed below are wheelchair accessible.
Circular Quay Ferry Wharf is the terminal point for all ferries traveling throughout Sydney Harbour. All of the
Sydney Ferries fleet is wheelchair accessible and all of the wharves at Circular Quay are wheelchair accessible.
Approximately half of the other wharves within Sydney Harbour are accessible, including the following:
|Abbotsford||Parramatta River Service
|Cabarita||Parramatta River Service
|Chiswick||Parramatta River Service
|Cremorne Point||Mosman Service
|Darling Harbour (Aquarium)||Darling Harbour Service
|Darling Harbour (King Street)||Parramatta River Service
|Darling Harbour (Pyrmont Bay) Not accessible at low tide.||Darling Harbour Service
|Kissing Point||Parramatta River Service
|Manly||Manly Ferry/ JetCat
|Meadowbank||Parramatta River Service
|Mosman Bay||Mosman Service
|Neutral Bay||Neutral Bay Service
|Rydalmere||Parramatta River Service
|Sydney Olympic Park(Homebush)||Parramatta River Service
|Taronga Zoo||Taronga Zoo Service
Approximately 35% of the Sydney Bus network is wheelchair accessible. If you are traveling via bus, it is recommended that
you check your local timetable for wheelchair accessible bus availability. This can be located at:
The following buses are wheelchair accessible and arrive and depart from the bus depot across the
road from Circular Quay Railway Station:
- 301 City – Eastgardens via Surry Hills
- 302 City – Eastgardens via Surry Hills
- 303 City – Mascot – San Souci via Surry Hills and SupaCentre
- 309 City – Matraville via Bondi Road and Mascot
- 310 City – Eastgardens via Botany Road and Mascot
- 324 City – Watsons Bay via Kings Cross, Double Bay and Vaucluse Heights
- 325 City – Watsons Bay via Kings Cross, Double Bay and Nielson’s Park
- 380 City – North Bondi via Oxford St, Bondi Junction and Bondi Beach
- 389 City – North Bondi via Five Ways and Bondi Junction
- 392 City – Little Bay via Anzac Parade and Bunnerong Road
- 394 City – La Perouse via Anzac Parade
- 396 City – Maroubra Beach via Anzac Parade
- 397 City – South Maroubra via Anzac Parade
- 399 City – Little Bay via Anzac Parade and Malabar Heights
Request your driver takes you to Circular Quay Railway Station.
If you have a permanent disability and are a resident of NSW, you may qualify for the Taxi Transport Subsidy Scheme (TTSS),
which entitles you to a voucher, to the value of up to $30 per taxi ride.
For more information, visit the following website:
The following taxi companies have wheelchair accessible vehicles in their fleets:
|Company||Contact Phone No||Hours of Operation
|Taxis Combined Services ||(02) 8332 8888 ||24 Hours
|ABC ||132 522 ||24 Hours
|Manly ||131 668||24 Hours
|Legion Cabs ||131 451 ||24 Hours
|Premier Cabs |
- Northern District
- Western Districts
|131 017||24 Hours
|RSL Cabs ||132 211 ||24 Hours
|Silver Service ||133 100 ||24 Hours
|South Western Cabs ||132 788||24 Hours
|St George Cabs ||132 166 ||24 Hours
Where possible, it is advisable to book wheelchair taxis in advance.
What do I take with me?
- Self guided walking tour
- Audio Device (MP3 player/ iPod / CD player / PDA / Mobile Phone)
- Map / information sheet
The Self Guided Walking Tour package that you need to download will be approximately 80Mb 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 www.therocksmarket.com.au
|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.