Friday, October 1, 2010
Is The Rocks in Sydney the original home of the Sydney Rock Oysters?
We could not help but pondered over this question by one of our interstate visitors. Honestly, we do not know whether this oyster species which is found and farmed in estuarine areas and rivers north up to Hervey Bay Queensland, from the Victoria and New South Wales border and at Albany in Western Australia has any connection with the The Rocks in Sydney. Even it has recently changed the Latin name from Saccostrea commercialis to Saccostrea glomerata, we Sydneysiders love to claim them as our own. Just imagine for a moment to combine the two together. For sure, the world is our oyster, when we are getting everything we want from some of Sydney's finest food and magical harbour views found in The Rocks and the aphrodisiacal Sydney Rock Oysters, a unique experience not to be missed-and a wonderful place for our interstate visitors to start their culinary exploration of Sydney.
The Rocks was traditionally the home of the Aboriginal Cadigal people, 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, with its precinct steeped in history where charming cobblestone laneways and historic buildings are listed on the National Heritage List by the Australian Government to list places of outstanding significance to Australia. It is a stone throw from the Sydney's two most
recognisable landmarks, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. The Rocks extends from the harbour in the north and east, to Kent Street in the west, and Grosvenor Street in the south. We are definitely sure it will provide an entertaining walking tour for our visitors or letting them simply wander about and experience a precinct steeped in history before going to the Sydney fish Market to have our popular oysters this weekend.