Top 10 Things To Do in The Rocks, Sydney | Bridgeclimb
1. Experience a BridgeClimb in The Rocks
There is no better way to see The Rocks than from above on a BridgeClimb. To dial up the Climbing experience, we suggest climbing during the sky’s most picturesque hours. Witness the sunrise over the harbour at dawn’s first light – or if you’re not keen on an early morning start, opt for the twilight hour where you can watch the colours of the sky melt into the evening, and see the The Rocks come to life. Book a Dawn or Twilight for a truly unforgettable weekend experience in The Rocks.
2. Enjoy a Drink in an iconic Aussie Pub in The Rocks
A visit to The Rocks is not complete without a visit to one of the many traditional pubs in The Rocks area two spring to mind; The Glenmore Hotel and The Australian Hotel. The Glenmore is famed for its rooftop bar with views of Sydney Harbour and the latter for its ‘Australian coat of arms’ pizza featuring both emu and kangaroo!
Both hotels are much loved watering holes for both BridgeClimb staff and our climbers due to their friendly staff, wide selection of drinks and delicious local menus. For even more reasons to visit The Rocks including The Australian's ‘Aussie Beer Passport’ which challenges you to taste your way through their complete craft beer selection of 130 Australian craft beers, check out the suggestions on what to do in The Rocks from the General Managers of Sydney's top pubs 'The Glenmore' and 'The Australian' in our recent chat.
3. Check out The Rock's boutiques
The Rocks precinct in Sydney is contemporary art galleries, independent boutiques and awesome unique stores including one-of-a-kind delights from Sticky, a candy store in The Rocks focusing on hand-made, vegan, cruelty personalised lollies. Their owner David King suggests If you are having trouble deciding between all of their amazing flavours and colour on your next visit, getting one bag of each flavour - as the perfect great Rocks souvenir for you to share with family and friends. David believes half the fun is coming into the store, watching how we make their sticky treats and quizzing staff on their favourite flavours! We also spoke to David about his favourite thing about The Rocks and why you should visit which you can check out here.
Other favourite shops to browse include Matt Pearson's fine art photo gallery which houses a collection of the world’s most beautiful land and seascapes and Squidinki, a colourful Australian gift shop from interior designers Max Mendez and Kerry Findlay.
4. Enjoy afternoon tea in The Rocks
Who better to ask on their top things to do in The Rocks than James Nobleza, Concierge at The Langham, a 5* hotel is nestled in the heart of The Rocks. It is regarded as one of the top hotels in the city due its luxury rooms with panoramic city views and personalised service. James is backed with over 20 years of hotel concierge experience, making him the ultimate expert on local tips for enjoying The Rocks, his recommendation is The Langham's afternoon tea by Wedgewood. This traditional pastime is popular with both locals and overseas guests and was born over 150 years ago and offers guests tranquility and an escape from the hustle and bustle of The Rocks outside. For more tips on how to make the most out a trip to The Rocks, check out our interview with The Langham's Concierge James Nobleza.
5. Get spooked on a Ghost tour of The Rocks
If you are looking for a frightful Sydney activity, we've found your answer in the heart of The Rocks. According to The Rocks Ghost Tour Guide Jonathon Brian, A Ghost Tour through The Rocks will take you below ground, into little known cellars and basement areas where you can, if you are open to it, truly sense the energies of the spirits from the early days of Sydney! These nightly ghost tours through The Rocks precinct will tell spooky tales of early European life in Australia, and is one of the most unique Sydney’s history tours. When Jonathan isn't spooking locals he also enjoys exploring The Rocks which according to him is a multi-cultural, exciting and dynamic place - we couldn't agree more!
6. Enjoy The Rocks culture hotspot, MCA
The Rocks is home to one of Sydney's top cultural spots, The Museum of Contemporary Art. It's dedicated to exhibiting, collecting and interpreting the work of today’s artists with over 4000 works by Australian artists on display. Our favourite way to explore this 5 storey museum is through their late sessions every Friday, where you can also enjoy some of the best views of The Rocks whilst enjoying a glass of wine from the rooftop terrace.
7. Enjoy a sunrise yoga session in The Rocks
The Rocks is home to an entire array of accommodation from 5* hotels, boutique guesthouses and affordable accommodation. One of our favourite best value stays has to be YHA in The Rocks. It’s built above archaeological remnants of colonial Sydney and combines state-of-the-art facilities with a heritage experience. The deputy manager of this hidden gem Gemma Linton suggests borrowing a yoga mat from the hotel's reception to do some stretches on the terrace as the sun rises. The spacious rooftop terrace looks over the iconic harbour and takes in everything from the Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and cityscape views. You can find more of Gemma's top tips for enjoying The Rocks in our recent interview here.
8. Check out the famous Rocks Markets
A visit to The Rocks is not complete without a trip to the Markets, there really is something for all ages and tastes! Friday afternoon kicks off with food stalls featuring gourmet street food, Bridgeclimb staff favourites include Dare's gozleme featuring sweet and savoury fillings, La Gitana's range of Spanish Paellas - the seafood being the overall winner as well as Nata's & Co's authentic Portugese custard tarts and pastries for a sweet treat. Across the weekend you'll find plenty of pop up artisan goods stalls with unique gifts such as jewellery, handmade cards and eco conscious accessories. Check out our chat with Park Hyatt's Chief Concierge Jonathan Fambart, who not only recommends a trip to The Rock's markets but an entire weekend jam packed with his insider knowledge. Jonathan explains how The Rocks are one of the most historic areas of Australia. The predicent offers so many tales, history and is one of the most visited locations in the country. The area has a myriad of exciting things to see from historic museums to world-class restaurant dining and the world's most iconic hotel, Park Hyatt Sydney.
9. Get your art on in The Rocks
The Rocks is full of art, whatever your taste - from galleries to market stalls - The Rocks is one of Sydney's top spots jammed packed full of art. Be sure to check out The Argyle Gallery in The Rocks which is home to a large collection of unique Aboriginal art and fine crafts, sourced directly from Aboriginal communities and the artists themselves. This 20 year old gallery houses an impressive collection of Aboriginal art which is available to buy and features dreamtime stories which tell the tales of Indigenous bloodlines and languages.
We also love checking out Matt Pearson's gallery on George Street in The Rocks. Matt perfectly captures images of some of the world's most beautiful land and seascapes including many of Sydney Harbour and the surrounds. In fact Matt's photography skills won BridgeClimb's inaugural 'Bridge Insider photography competition', which you can check out here. The competition celebrated Sydney’s local arts and creative industry, and saw a select group of professional photographers invited to create a new series of work, shooting from the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Pylon.
10. Enjoy an artisan Coffee in The Rocks
In our opinion, The Rocks precinct is home to some of the best coffee makers in Sydney, there really is no better place to sit down, enjoy your favourite mug of the smooth stuff and watch the world go by. Our top recommendations are Aslan coffee which tucked away in Nurse Walk and offers batch brew, cold brew and nitro alongside your standard coffee. Other crowd pleasers include enjoying a decadent hot chocolate at the Guylian Cafe in the centre of The Rocks or the new Black & White Espresso bar which offers uber cool, hipster vibes.