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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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The hub of transportation

Circular Quay is an amazing hub of transportation. We could take any of the three main modes of transportation from here: the bus, train or ferry. There was street... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

Circular Quay is an amazing hub of transportation. We could take any of the three main modes of transportation from here: the bus, train or ferry. There was street entertainment at that the terminal (including mime's, street musicians and a digeridoo ensemble). And it’s right around the corner from a few of the attractions in Sydney including: the Opera House,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

Certain not a normal ferry terminal, it has the vibrancy of Darling Harbour with the street entertainment and restaurants to match. The showcase of Sydney's waterway access to some of its most iconic sites like Manly and other starts from here. Good hotels and fantastic facilities are abound and it is a short walk from central city with fantastic bus... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

Didnt find this place exicting. Agree, one can get good views of the opera house but then thats it. Not really impressed by a large cruise parked there and blocking the view. Some shops and expensive (for no reason) eating places around there. there is a big sovenier shop as well but one can get better prices in Paddy market

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015 via mobile

Circular Quay is where you can take ferries, and cruise ship terminal. The Opera house is at the Quay. There are a lot of people, especially when the cruise ship is in the harbour. Great views of Sydney bridge and entire harbour area. There are gift shops, cafes etc. there is a fun atmosphere at circular quay

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

My rating is not just for the Quay itself (always busy with people going somewhere!) but for its role as transport hub for the ferries (see separate review), or as a starting-point for a walk to nearby attractions: Bridge, Opera House, the Rocks, Royal Botanic Gardens etc. You can linger here & people-watch or pass through on your way to... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Ferries take you to all the spots, and destinations. There was a cruise ship each time we visited which was awesome to see. 10-15 years ago it was not clean but now it is certainly a tourist hub.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Extremely beautiful and interesting station. Home of street performers, circuses, Royal Botanic Gardens and of course the Opera House. Lots of cafes and restaurants, museums, art galleries and even observatory is situated there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

This was a place we came back to again and again. Ferries constantly come and go. The whole area has a tremendous buzz. There are numerous bars and restaurants to enjoy, the historic Rocks area is just a few minutes' walk away, the iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House provide an amazing backdrop. The whole place is steeped in history... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

On my first day in Sydney, I decided that the first place to visit was the Circular Quay where the major attractions are located, except for those located at the Darling Harbour. I did not find the very hot weather as a deterrent to my excitement as I walked from my hotel to the Circular Quay. Located along the way... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

The real hub of Sydney's attractions. With the station, bus stops all the ferries the city righ there and The Rocks all off it. It a wonderful place to start out from. All the boats and activity, buskers right there and of course the restaurants and opera house! What a lovely venue!

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