A Day Out at The Rocks: Local art & culture trail
As one of Australia’s oldest and most fascinating suburbs, The Rocks is positively brimming with art and culture.
There are countless local art galleries, intruiging historical sites and some of the world’s best latte art - all less than 10 minutes walking distance from each other. That’s why, if you’re looking for things to do in Sydney, The Rocks art and culture trail is a great place to start.
Local markets and museums
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)
The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia is the Southern Hemisphere’s leading contemporary art gallery. It showcases the work of the country’s most talented living artists, with ever changing exhibitions in a modern gallery space right on the edge of Sydney Harbour.
Grab a coffee afterwards at the rooftop cafe and soak in stunning views of the iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. For a completely unique experience look out for MCA Late, a Friday night event where you can enjoy art after-dark and sip cocktails over looking the harbour.
The Rocks Markets
The Rocks Discovery Museum
Inside a restored 1850s sandstone warehouse The Rocks Discovery Museum tells the long story of the area’s fascinating history from pre-European days to the present. Through artefacts, fascinating images and interactive elements you’ll learn about the area’s traditional landowners, the establishment of the English colony and much more.
The best art galleries in The Rocks
You can view his bright unique oil and acrylic paintings at his gallery in The Rocks.
His works hang on the walls of the Vatican, the British Royal Collection and the White House but the biggest collection in the world is right here in The Rocks at the Charles Billich Gallery.
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island art in The Rocks
Gannon House Gallery
Special Australian historic sites
Space was at such a premium in this area in the late 1800s that homes were built wherever they would fit, and were often smaller than a single room in a modern property. Visit soon and walk through the ruins of the homes to get a feel for what it was like to live in the Rocks way back then.
Historic watering holes
The Doss House
It’s now a luxurious speak easy bar, serving fine whiskeys and wines, but for years it was an opium den. There are still hints of the buildings past uses in its cosy rooms, original fireplaces and terraced area.
The Fortune of War
Sorry Italy but it’s a known fact that Australia is home to the world’s best coffee - our cups are so good that you could call them works of art. Here are two of the best places to grab a coffee in The Rocks.
The Fine Food Store
ASLAN Coffee Roasters
These guys import beans directly from farmers on the Indonesian Archipelago and roast them themselves in-house. The result? One of the most complex and delicious coffees you’ve ever tasted.