The Rocks is a popular Sydney spot, usually for gorgeous views, places to eat, and shopping areas, but it is also filled with a lot of history. It was the place of one of Australia's first European settlements, to get a taste of the historical side why not visit Cadman's Cottage, a slice of history that is still standing.
Cadman's Cottage is one of the only building left from the first settlement at Sydney Cove. The small sandstone house is almost 200 years old, and offers a glimpse into the past. Unlike some other historical sites, Cadman's Cottage is not restored to look as it would in the past. There are no strange mannequins, and no furniture, instead you can see the old building and how it has worn over time.
Information boards help tell the story of the cottage, how it was the 'Coxswain's Barracks' and how a convict John Cadman lived there, and gave it his name. You can learn about the history of Sydney Cove, and of Jon Cadman and his family. You can look down and see where the floor has been excavated, in an attempt to learn more about Sydney's history.
If you're interested in Sydney's early colonial history, then there are plenty of things to check out. Why not head out on a self guided Sydney Hertiage Walk. The guide will take you past 20 historical sights, and you can learn about their significance. Or why not take a different journey and take on of the Aboriginal cultural walks around the city and surrounds.
Cadman's Cottage is just one example of how history is still so deeply ingrained in metropolitan city. You can't spend hours exploring Cadman's Cottage, it is only a small building, but when you're already in the are why not check it out.
Last time I was in the Rocks, I was in Sydney for the day with my uncle and aunt and cousins - we saw Cadman's Cottage - we did not see inside it but it was amazing to see it standing juxtaposed to the modernity around it.