The Rocks

The Rocks
Sydney NSW 2000

PIxar projection on the argyle cut


The Rocks has a special place in the heart of Sydney. This harbour side precinct was one of the first areas settled in the colony of New South Wales, and has survived numerous calls for demolition and redevelopment. Now mostly gentrified and full of heritage-listed sites, the area thrives as a cultural hub and historic tourist destination. 

Part of the appeal of The Rocks is the number of old world pubs and cafes alongside top restaurants and hip bars. Food stalls, pop ups and makers’ markets also attract locals and visitors in droves.

During Vivid Sydney, weave your way through the eat streets and laneways where you can play a ‘thongaphone’ called Flip Flop, an illuminated hopscotch game Rayuela and an interactive hide and seek Bug|Hunt. Reinvent yourself as a Bubble Magician and dance with the Regal Peacock. You’ll also see flocking seagull behaviour in Watch Your Chips! and discover the antics of Bin Chickens. Look up to admire clusters of clouds in Nostalgia Above and a raging Torrent of light. These light works are as fun and inspiring for youngsters as they are for the young at heart.

The Argyle Cut is one of the heritage-listed sites in The Rocks. Within this vaulted cutting, Academy Award(TM) winning film studio Pixar Animations has created a heart-warming 3D projection in which their magical animated characters such as Woody and Buzz Lightyear seemingly come to life.


During Vivid Sydney, you can shop and dine under the stars and savour the magic of a winter night by wandering through The Rocks Night Markets.

Stop off on your Light Walk journey to sample gourmet fare, including gozleme, piping hot pizza, skewers, okonomiyaki, burgers, cheeses, paella, donuts and all sorts of sweet treats. With chill-out zones and plenty of seating, it’s the perfect place to rest, relax and soak up the vibrant atmosphere before continuing through lit up laneways and installations.

Explore an eclectic range of specialty stalls where there is something for everyone – from works by emerging designers to handcrafted jewellery, beautiful fabrics, organic candles and skin treatments. And as a bonus, there'll be live music too. 

Lights, sights, eats and tunes, sorted!


With free neon face painting, you’ll become a living, breathing work of art. From 5pm – 10pm Thursday to Sunday nights in Atherden Street.

Stroll through hidden laneways to discover eye-catching projections by local artists from The Rocks. Squidiniki, Pop on The Rocks and ATTY all colour the walls of Nurses Walk. 

Strike a pose at The Rocks Instagram wall, a colourful neon artwork showcasing some of The Rocks most loved landmarks. You’ll find it at the end of Atherden Street in the heart of The Rocks.

Get your toes tapping as you enjoy live entertainment each Thursday through Sunday during The Rocks Night Markets in The Rocks Square.

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