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Nurses Walk

Nurses Walk

The Nurses Walk is a popular laneway located right behind the Museum of Contemporary Art – one of the most visible spots close to The Rocks and packed with art galleries and restaurants.

History has it that the laneway was a shortcut that provided access to the first hospital constructed in the colonial era. The Nurses Walk was established in 1979 to commemorate the nurses who worked in the area’s hospitals between 1788 and 1816.

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As expected, there are several information panels, works of art and plaques that go a long way in explaining the history of the site. Lucy Osburn’s plaque celebrates her contribution to the introduction of Florence Nightingale’s principles of nursing in the state; providing a glimpse into life as it was during the colonial period.

While this walk is steeped in history, it certainly does not lock out those who would love to discover the sights and sounds of present-day Sydney. There are many cafes and quaint shops to explore, so enjoy a snack from The Vintage Cafe on the Rocks or choose the Scarlett Restaurant for excellent foods on the go.

For art lovers, there is so much to enjoy while on the Nurses Walk. Look out for The Crystal Gallery and visit The Australian Arts and Gems Gallery for a perfect afternoon. If you love both art and photography, one of the best places to visit is the Celebrity Vogue Photography & Seductive Art Gallery. There are also vintage gift shops from where you can get the perfect souvenir from your Sydney adventures.

The walk’s proximity to other attractions makes it a favourite place for first-time visitors as it is possible to combine the best of The Rocks with the walk. These attractions include Cadman’s Cottage, which is amongst the city’s oldest buildings, as well as the Suez Canal that is home to great works of contemporary art.

Nurses Walk is located between George and Harrington Streets in The Rocks and entry is free.

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