The Rocks to Millers Point…Colonial history trek

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The Rocks to Millers Point…colonial history trek

Starting at Customs House, Circular Quay (nearest x-roads Alfred St and Loftus Street) continuing a historical route through The Rocks and Millers Point.

Starting the tour

Customs House

Section 1:
Directions:

Continue along Loftus St heading to Macquarie Place passing …Bulletin Place…Macquarie Place…Sandstone Lands Apartment on the way. back up Bridge St to your left is The Education Department…Museum of Sydney…Colonial Secretary’s Building…

Stopover:

…Bulletin Place…Macquarie Place…Sandstone Lands Apartment…Education Department…Museum of Sydney…Colonial Secretary’s Building…

Section 2:
Directions:

Continue along Bridge St crossing over Pitt St with the ASX/Australian Stock Exchange and The Old Exchange Hotel in the vicinity. Continue along Bridge, with Headquarters of Burns Philip and The Metropolitan Hotel to your left.

Stopover:

ASX/Australian Stock Exchange…the Old Exchange Hotel…Headquarters of Burns Philip…Metropolitan Hotel…

Section 3:
Directions:

Turn right into George St and the first left into Grosvenor St. Grovenor Place is to your right and St Patrick’s Church straight ahead near Harrington St.

Stopover:

Grosvenor Place…St Patrick’s Church…

Section 4:
Directions:

Continue right into Harrington St. You will pass under the Cumberland Expressway. Follow the old worn steps (to your left) up to Cumberland Place. Susannah Place is in the vicinity (to your right) and the Australian Hotel as you turn right into Gloucester St is on your left at the intersection with Cumberland Street.

Stopover:

Cumberland Place…Susannah Place…Archaelogical Dig location…The Australian Hotel…

Section 5:
Directions:

After walking a short way down Cumberland Street you need to take the subway that goes underneath the Harbour Bridge Stairs. Directly before you is observatory hill + park.

Stopover:

Observatory Park

Section 6:
Directions:

From the park you are able to see the Walsh Bay Wharves

Stopover:

Walsh Bay Wharves

Section 7:
Directions:

The National Trust Centre is back in the other direction, around the hill from the observatory.

Stopover:

National Trust Centre

Section 8:
Directions:

The Agar steps are on your left and a little row of terrace houses worth having a look at.

Stopover:

Agar Steps, terrace houses etc

Section 9:
Directions:

Turn right down Kent st (walking towards the water.) Little St Brigid’s Church School is to your right.

Stopover:

little St Brigid’s Church School…Post Office…

Section 10:
Directions:

Lord Nelson Hotel is opposite on Argle place (turn left into.)

Stopover:

Lord Nelson Hotel

Section 11:
Directions:

Continue along Argyle place (to the right) to the end where it intersects with Argyle St and you’ll see the Garrison Church.

Stopover:

Garrison Church

Section 12:
Directions:

Walk down Lower Fort Street to see The Hero of Waterloo on your left (nearest x-road Windmill St.)

Stopover:

The Hero of Waterloo

Section 13:
Directions:

Cross Windmill St to Ferry Lane

Stopover:

Ferry Lane and Paddock

Section 14:
Directions:

Coming out of The Paddock head along the lane to your left (halfway up Ferry Lane) take the steps on the right. On the corner is Private museum Clyde Bank, and opposite: The Harbour View Hotel. Head back into George Street (north, towards The Rocks) and you will pass Sydney’s last remaining cast iron urinal on your right. On the other side of the road is Dawes Point/Tarra.

Stopover:

Private museum Clyde Bank…Harbour View Hotel…Cast Iron Urinal…Dawes Point/Tarra…

Section 15:
Directions:

There are a few more interesting spots in the Rocks well worth a look: The Rocks Visitor’s Centre is at the intersection of Argyle and Playfair Streets.

Stopover:

Sydney Visitors’ Centre

Section 16:
Directions:

The Rocks Discovery Museum is just beside the Visitor’s Centre.

Stopover:

The Rocks Discovery Museum

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