Meet the locals
As the traditional home of the Gadigal, and the place of first European settlement in Australia, The Rocks has plenty of secrets to share. The best thing is you don’t have to go far to find them.
You can see them in the rock face that gave the area its name, the roughly-laid cobblestone laneways, the solid wooden beams in the warehouses, and the crushed cockle shells that make up the mortar between huge, hand-carved sandstone bricks.
Home to The Rocks Discovery Museum, Cadman’s Cottage, Sydney Learning Adventures, Susannah Place Museum and the award-winning Big Dig Archaeology and Education Centre, there’s also plenty of places where you can literally touch the local history as well.
Find out more about our heritage role. To find out more about heritage items owned by the Property NSW, visit our Heritage and Conservation Register which provides descriptions, history and a statement of heritage significance for each item.