The Rocks, historic area of Sydney, was established at the end of the eighteenth century. Overlooking the picturesque Circular Quay harbour, and with the Opera House on one side and the Bridge on the other, this old part of the city is packed with tourist attractions, museums, pubs, art galleries and many sandstone buildings.
1. Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney, NSW. A view of the harbour bridge as seen from Milson's Point. The bridge was completed in 1932 to connect Sydney Central Business District with the North Shore
2. Sydney Harbour, NSW. The boat just left a Circular Quay pier and passengers admire the view of the city.
3. Sydney Opera House, NSW. Sydney Opera House as seen from the pier near the Park Hyatt Sydney hotel
4. Sydney Harbour, NSW. A view of the Sydney high-rises from the water
5. Sydney Opera House, NSW. The Sydney Opera House as seen from the ferry travelling towards Manly.
6. Melaleuca, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney. A small plague near the pictured tree says: 'Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second planted this tree Melaleuca Leucadendra on February 8th 1954.'
7. Government House, Sydney, NSW. The Government House is located by the Royal Botanic gardens and overlooks Sydney Harbour. This photo was taken in the late spring afternoon
8. Remnants of the past, Sydney, NSW. With the skyscrapers in the background, on the lawns of the Royal Botanic Gardens are sandstone pieces of old buildings and structures that don't exist any more. The arrangement is a work of the artist Kimio Tsuchiy called 'Memory of Creation Without End' symbolic of a relationship between past, present and future.
9. The Rocks Discovery Museum, Sydney, NSW. The mural representing Sydney 1788 was painted on the wall of the Rocks Discovery Museum along the Kendall Lane.
10. The Rocks, Sydney, NSW. Architectural detail of an old cottage in the Rocks area of Sydney.
11. The Rocks Discovery Museum, Sydney, NSW. The museum is housed in the old sandstone building in Kendall Lane. This interactive place is packed with information and exhibits from the four periods of the local history.
12. Cleland Store, The Rocks, Sydney, NSW. A young convict, Mary Reibey bought in 1828 the Argyle Precinct, a complex of buildings in the pictured area. The Cleland Store was built there in 1913-1914 and as the rest of them was adapted to various uses during their history of existence. Mary Reibey was a prominent businesswoman of her time and is featured on the Australian $20 note.
13. Cadmans Cottage, The Rocks, Sydney, NSW. John Cadmans cottage was built in 1816, the first residential building erected on the shores of the Rocks area. Cadman was the Superintendent of Government Boats and lived there with his family until 1845.
14. Greenway Lane, the Rocks, Sydney, NSW. Named after Francis Greenway, who arrived from England in 1814 as a gentleman - convict. He impressed Governor Macquarie with his building skills and was permited to open a private architectural practice in the area. He was granted a pardon in 1818 and went on to design many important Sydney buildings such as churches, district court and squares.
15. A view from the Observatory, Sydney, NSW. A view of the northern suburbs from the hill on which stand the former astronomical observatory.
16. Sydney Observatory, The Rocks, NSW. The Observatory, a sandstone building in the Italianate style overlooks the Sydney Harbour and the Bridge. Opened in the early nineteenth century, it was an astronomical observatory until the 1980's when it was converted into a museum due to some adverse environmental conditions, and it now serves as a museum.
17. The Rowson Institute for Seamen, the Rocks, Sydney, NSW. The building of high historic value, the Rowson Institute for Seamen was opened in 1859 in the area of the first European settlement and the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788.
18. Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney, NSW. A view of the harbour bridge as seen from Milson's Point. The bridge was completed in 1932 to connect Sydney Central Business District with the North Shore
19. Cormorant, Sydney Harbour, NSW. Perched on a stone, this cormorant is drying its wings in the morning sun.