Playfair Street, Atherden Street and The Rocks Square

Playfair Street, The Rocks NSW 2000
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Playfair Street, Atherden Street and The Rocks Square are located in the heart of The Rocks.

The cobblestoned streets and recently renovated Rocks Square give this area a unique character. The Rocks Markets is held at these locations on Fridays and Weekends. 

 Application and booking information

Appropriate use
  • Photography Photography
  • Markets Markets
  • Public entertainment e.g. music Public entertainment e.g. music
  • Events Events
  • Functions, Launches Functions, Launches
  • Public gathering place and passive recreation
  • Pedestrian circulation
  • Eating and public entertainment
  • Retail
  • Environmental impact, e.g. noise on surrounding businesses and residents
  • Pedestrian circulation along pedestrian zoned Playfair Street
  • Cumulative impact of temporary events and activations
  • Heritage conservation of sandstone structures and paving
  • Weight loading restrictions in The Rocks Square
  • Limited power access
  • No availability Friday-Sunday during The Rocks Markets unless authorisation is granted by PMNSW
  • Limited vehicle access by coordination with PMNSW
  • No vehicle access between 10am and 2pm
  • Surface


  • Toilets

    Inside The Rocks Centre (including accessible)

  • Pedestrian access
    Pedestrian access

    From Playfair Street and Jack Mundey Place (including accessible), Mill Lane, Argyle Street, George Street

  • Vehicle access
    Vehicle access

    From Argyle Street (south) and George Street (north). No access between 10am and 3pm unless otherwise approved by PMNSW

  • Parking

    Metered spaces along Argyle and Harrington Streets (south)

  • Power

    240v - 10 amp, 2 amp 3 phase (5 pin Wilco outlet)

  • Water

    Potable water available on Playfair Street, near Mill Lane steps

In addition to general standards/criteria, the proposed event must:

  • Maintain a minimum 1 metre overhead clearance beneath The Rocks Square​ shade sails
  • Maintain a 1 metre set back from the fountain and glass wall adjacent to Mill Lane steps
  • Not restrict access to tenants
  • Not use generators