10 Things to do in the Rocks at Night

Sydney by night is a wonderful sight. The Rocks precinct is a friendly neighbourhood district situated just by the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge. Featuring historic laneways, on trend boutiques, classic pubs and moreish food carts. Not to mention the host of upscale dining options – many of which offer terrific overwater views. Yes, it’s well worthwhile exploring this interesting city vicinity, particularly after dark. Read on to discover our hitlist ‘must do’ guide when venturing through the Rocks by night.

Get Snap Happy

happy snap of the rocks at night

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You’re in the prime locale to take a myriad of photographs of iconic Australian landmarks including the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and surrounds. So, ensure you set your camera on flash and take a series of snaps to capture your special time here.


The Sydney Theatre Company

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Why not see a play at the famed Sydney Theatre Company? Take a brief walk to nearby Walsh Bay and reserve a prime seat to enjoy memorable theatre experience. Established in 1978, the company is a powerhouse of Australian drama that is becoming increasingly popular on an international stage too.


A Gourmet Food Truck Haven

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Food trucks by their very nature are oft on the move. Hence, if you spot one amid the Rocks scene you’d be wise to get in quick. Rest your feet and grab a delicious bite to eat as you admire the nightlife passing by. Tip; the Eat Art Truck offers up the best beef brisket bun around.


An Arts and Culture Tour

2014 Art and About Festival launch at Hyde Park

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Explore the arts and culture areas of interest that help make this place so unique. The Rocks Walking Tours come highly recommended at a reasonable price or simply wait by the historic Cadman’s Cottage at 6pm and take part in the I’m Free Tour. Find your way through enigmatic laneways, art galleries and more!


 Sunset Drinks at Blu Bar on 36

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Located on the 36th floor of the Shangri-La Hotel, the aptly named Blu Bar 36 features some of the best Sydney Harbour views. Kick back and relax in a classy yet relaxed atmosphere as you enjoy a signature cocktail or an ice-cold beer.


Rocks Teppanyaki

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The Sydney city dining options rival the best in the world – fact. Step on out to the Rocks Teppanyaki and enjoy amazing Japanese cuisine served with flair. Housed in a historic sandstone building built circa 1880’s, this is a charmingly good dining place.


The Australian Hotel

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One simply must visit the century old plus Australian Hotel. This fine pub is a thriving relic from a bygone era. Again, the Edwardian architecture of the building is stunning with its ornate ceilings and antique furnishings. Hint; the Kangaroo pizza is superb. By far one of the best places to visit in the Rocks!  


Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

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What better way, albeit an adventurous one, to see the Rocks and greater Sydney city by night. Book in to experience a Sydney Harbour Bridge climb and tick that adrenaline-charged event off your bucket list.

Pony Dining, The Rocks

Seek and you shall find. Our favourite restaurant for an unforgettable evening is Pony Dining, The Rocks, tucked between Argyle Street and Kendall Lane and right opposite the Discovery Museum. It’s an institution for lovers of Argentinian wood fired barbeque and superb food in general.


The Rocks Night Markets

Depending on when you visit the Rocks precinct you might be lucky enough to see the vibrant night market. Think craft stalls, handmade gelato, artisanal chocolates, mini shops and live music. It’s a real treat to be here at night when the atmosphere is truly alive.

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