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Local Area Profile

Pyrmont - Ultimo

The Pyrmont-Ultimo peninsula was once a vital component of Sydney's industrial waterfront, with wharves, shipbuilding yards, factories and woolstores. As industry moved out, the population declined and the area became rundown, but in recent years it has experienced a building boom and an influx of residents and office workers.

Ultimo was formerly the setting for a sandstone quarry and a vast power station, now the Powerhouse Museum, but this leafy suburb, home to a large Chinese community, now contains parks, historic pubs and terraced houses, the ABC Centre, TAFE and the University of Technology.

Did You Know?

The Aboriginal name for this area was Pirrama, but 'Pyrmont' was adopted in the early 1800s, after Bad Pyrmont, a fashionable spa and watering place in northern Germany. Sydney's Fish Market is second only to Tokyo's for its extraordinary variety of seafood and international reputation.

The Rocks

The Rocks is one of the most-visited parts of Sydney. It is not hard to see why. Nestled at the foot of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and on the western shores of Sydney Cove, The Rocks is the foundation place of Sydney and Australia, and of enormous historical significance. It is often described as "Sydney's outdoors museum".

The Rocks is the oldest area of Sydney and has recently undergone an amazing metamorphosis, the old district being transformed into a vibrant pocket of cafes and restaurants and interesting tourist shops and stalls. This has been achieved without destroying the area's Old World charm and historic buildings. Sydney's town planners have put in place a sensitive conservation program that has preserved the heritage and character of The Rocks and brought about an interesting fusion of modern amenities in an old and valued setting.

The Rocks, in the heart of Australia's most cosmopolitan city, encompasses the past, present and future. The Indigenous Cadigal people inhabited the rocky headland and surrounding shoreline for thousands of years. Then in 1788, Australia's first European settlers-British convicts and their overseers-claimed the land and built their camp atop the sandstone cliffs.

The Rocks eventually grew from an open-air gaol into a vibrant port community. Its colourful history-filled with tales of 'shanghaied' sailors, rough gangs, and gritty life-can still be traced in the many surviving buildings from the last two centuries. But today the renovated former warehouses, sailors' homes, and dens of iniquity house a unique mixture of fine restaurants, one-of-a-kind shops, and galleries showcasing both established and emerging talent.

The Rocks is a uniquely historical Australian quarter, one where you can explore Cadman's Cottage, eat in restaurants located in some of the oldest surviving buildings in Sydney, or browse boutique shops and galleries in the place where Australia's European settlement began. It's a village which echoes a long and colourful past and can be enjoyed by everyone in an equally colourful present.

The Rocks is lively, scenic, and varied enough to capture anyone's imagination. But it's the area's many layers of history that make it a unique Sydney destination. Fortunately, that history has been studied, preserved and documented. Visitors can tap into this wealth of information to find out about the lives of The Rocks' previous occupants, as well as learn about the history of individual buildings and sites they see today.

The Rocks is in central Sydney, 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. The Rocks extends from the harbour in the north and east, to Kent Street in the west, and Grosvenor Street in the south.

Traditionally the home of the Indigenous Cadigal people, the rocky sandstone ledge known as The Rocks is where members of the First Fleet stepped ashore on 26 January 1788 and British settlement of Australia was first established. 

Today it is Sydney's historic old town, nestled between the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. Discover the stories behind its charming cobblestone laneways and historic buildings on an entertaining walking tour or simply wander about and experience a precinct steeped in history.

Location

Sydney Wharf

Pirrama Road, Pyrmont Bay

Sydney Wharf forms the northern part of the landmark known as Wharves 7 to 10.

The rectangular shaped land extends from the mainland of Pyrmont Bay and is bound by Jones Bay to the west, Darling Harbour to the east and Pyrmont Bay Park to the south.

Located on the eastside of Pyrmont peninsula north of the Australian Maritime Museum.

Transport

1km walks over the Pyrmont Bridge to the city centre,

500m to Murray Street,

Light rail station to the south, Darling Harbour Ferry stop