The Rocks is a urban territory, visitor region and notable range of Sydney's downtown area, in the condition of New South Wales, Australia. It is situated on the southern shore of Sydney Harbor, instantly north-west of the Sydney focal business area. The region and its prompt surroundings are directed autonomously of the neighborhood government region of the City of Sydney, by a New South Wales state government statutory power, the Sydney Harbor Foreshore Authority. The Rocks range verges on the Bradfield Highway, prompting the Sydney Harbor Bridge, with the territories of Dawes Point and Millers Point, toward the west. It is promptly neighboring Circular Quay on Sydney Cove, the site of Australia's first European settlement in 1788.