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Circular Quay

Address: George Street, The Rocks Nsw 2000 | First Fleet Park, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
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Ranked #30 of 619 things to do in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Piers & boardwalks, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: No
Owner description: Circular Quay is a colorful port where ferries and cruise ships board...
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Type: Piers & boardwalks, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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Canberra, Australia
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387 reviews 387 reviews
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127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

So many people coming and going on ferries and trains, charter boats etc, it's a fantastic place to watch people. Plenty of food outlets, and so close to the city and to The Rocks. Great view of the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge too. A must see in Sydney.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

The quay during the day is lively enough. But come 10pm it goes to sleep. It's a good spot but once you've seen the bridge and opera house that's it. Some ok spots to eat, but not great for grabbing a beer. Easy access to other better locations via the ferry services.

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the Netherlands
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62 reviews 62 reviews
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

This place has everything busy life all directions from metro, bus, train, tram, boat Good restaurants, good views from harbour bridge, opera house, a nice cup of coffee. Its a little centre in the centre.

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Sydney
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38 reviews 38 reviews
23 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

When the cruise ships come into our beautiful city, the visitors can hop on ferries to Manly, Watsons Bay, up the Parramatta river to name a few. The train station is within this complex, as are the busses including the hop on hop off sight seeing bus. There is a free bus to take them further into the city. There... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

It was refreshing ambiance here in circular quay tho a lot of tourist are here the are still well maintained. The last time went here is the terracotta festival the lights are good and nice. Its a nice place here to chill with friends or family sit in there have some picnic 👍👍 . The only thing i dont like... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

200 years ago every visitor to Sydney arrived at Circular Quay. It's one of the special places in Sydney and at the end of each arm, an Australian icon... the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. A must-visit.

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Malibu, California
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99 attraction reviews
185 helpful votes 185 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Trains, bus and ferry station combined with: Another beautiful harbor. Another beautiful quay. Sydney Opera House & Royal Botanic Garden are on the side. Rocks district and fashion shopping are on the other side Great and not so great restaurants and bars. More shopping. More hotels. Cruise ship dock. Similar yet different from Darling Harbour. Can't imagine visiting Sydney without... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

The ferries go from here, it's got a main train station and you see some entertainment on the streets but it's not overly spectacular. A short walk from here you've got the Opera house, darling harbour and the rocks, all better places to go

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Tourist or Local, the Quay is always a delight. Lots of restaurants, bars, eateries to sit & enjoy or just observe the people walking by. Lot's of 'free' entertainment but try to 'tip' these people they work hard for your entertainment. A beautiful view with lots to do.

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Margaret River, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

It's well laid out and our day mostly started from Circular Quay, nice pulling up at the train station and getting a nice view of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House, some restaurants and bars that are a little overpriced but I suppose the rents would be pretty high so they need to pay the bills, nice walk around to... More 

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