The Rocks precinct is the historic site of Sydney’s first European settlement. Encompassing Circular Quay, the area bursts with a colourful history dating back to convict days and is a maze of sandstone lanes, cul-de-sacs and courtyards, jam-packed with shops, warehouses and terraces that were built in the early 19th century. While The Rocks was once home to Sydney’s dockworkers and stevedores, it’s now a magnet for international visitors, who flock to its many shops, boutiques, markets, pubs and restaurants. As a creative and cultural arts hub, a visit to The Rocks must include the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Argyle Gallery and The Rocks Discovery Museum.
GOOD TO KNOW
The Rocks Markets, where carefully curated artisanal wares, gourmet street food and harbourside views come together upon the cobblestone streets.
10am – 5pm, Saturdays & Sundays
Playfair Street, George Street, Jack Mundey Place
YOU WILL FIND…
The natural features and built heritage of The Rocks can make it a challenging environment to navigate for some visitors.
Restrictions are created by the design of heritage buildings, paving irregularities, narrow paths, steep ramp grades, stairs and the steep natural grade between Millers Point and Circular Quay.
However many initiatives have been implemented to improve the precinct’s accessibility.
Designated accessible parking spaces for visitors with disability parking permits are located at:
- Cumberland Street (outside KGV Recreation Centre)
- Harrington Street
- George Street (near the corner of Lower Fort Street)
- Hickson Road (near the corner of Lower Fort Street)
Several commercial buildings in The Rocks, including the Metcalfe Bond Store and the Foreshore Authority building, have lift access.
Circular Quay train station has lift access to the station platforms.
All wharves at Circular Quay ferry terminal are accessible to wheelchairs.
Accessible lifts also provide access to the Cahill Expressway viewing platform from Circular Quay, and the upper level viewing platforms at the Overseas Passenger Terminal.
Accessible toilets are available around The Rocks. Refer to The Rocks Accessibility Map for further details.
The Rocks is just a short stroll from the city’s two most recognisable landmarks, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. It is also just around the corner from the Circular Quay transportation hub and a short walk from Wynyard railway station. The Rocks extends from the harbour in the north and east, to Kent Street in the west, and Grosvenor Street in the south.
WHY ISN’T THE GOOD ACCESS BADGE TURNED ON?
Some listings are here because we think they’re pretty cool and you should know about them! And some, we just haven’t quite got enough info to make the ‘Good Access’ call yet.. so to answer the question, a business could be listed on our site if:
A. The business indicates they have some accessible facilities, but we haven’t quite gotten around to chatting through the details, stay tuned! If you’ve been here, leave a review and let us know about your experience!
B. We have spoken to their team.. the facilities aren’t quite what we’d call accessible BUT we’ve provided you with ‘good to know’ tips in case you’re keen to give it a go anyway!