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Address: George Street, The Rocks Nsw 2000 | First Fleet Park, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Description: Circular Quay is a colorful port where ferries and cruise ships board and...
Circular Quay is a colorful port where ferries and cruise ships board and depart, and boat watching can be as good a pastime as people watching. While street performers entertain outside, those wanting a more cultural experience can head into the Museum of Contemporary Art where a sculpture garden on the roof is as much a view as the waterways below.
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Great place to visit

Lots going on here. Ships and ferries coming and going. Also, Musicians playing and singing. Metro right there. Free bus stops there. Great views of the Opera from there, too.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

Lots going on here. Ships and ferries coming and going. Also, Musicians playing and singing. Metro right there. Free bus stops there. Great views of the Opera from there, too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Even with the hordes of tourists and ferry passengers this iconic location is a must-do for visitors to Sydney. Stand in the right spot near the end of Macquarie Street and you can take selfies with the Opera House behind you and then another with the Harbour Bridge behind you without even moving! Great walks in the area and well... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

a hub for the Sydney transport and tourist trade. All ferries to numerous destinations around the Harbour depart from here. Provides an excellent view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and a short walk to the Opera House, and The Rocks area.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Nice area but didn't spend as much time here due to lack of sites. Shopping and some attractions but very limited.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

We came to have a look round as we planned a trip on the Manley ferry later in our stay. Very bustling and lively with buskers , cafes and a wide variety of places to eat.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

Great place to spend sometime just watch the street artists and enjoying the view. Has a few food and takeaway places generally food from here is a bit pricey.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 via mobile

This is a train station, a ferry stop and a bus stop all in one. Lots of shops to grab a bite to eat. From here I walked to The Rocks and cruise terminal for a wander. An Opal travel card is a must if travelling on public transport.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

I love Circular Quay! You can sit on the foreshore and people watch or watch the ferries and luxury liners come and go-ferries being the transport to Darling Harbour, Taronga Zoo, Watson's Bay, Luna Park and much more. The abundance of restaurants here range from friendly cafes (for a snack and coffee) to the high class restaurants with amazing views.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Everything is going on here, restaurants, ferries arriving and departing, pavement artists, aborigine art, and seemingly every tourist in the world! I never tire of here and could spend days wandering around taking everything in. The place is magic.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015 via mobile

Why would you visit Sydney & not go to Circular Quay? This area of Sydney has 2 of the most iconic structures amongst those from all over the world. Sydney Opera House is recognisable the world over & is truly beautiful. Flanking the Opera House is Sydney Harbour Bridge. Circular Quay is dominanted by these two structures but there's lots... More 

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