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Circular Quay

Sydney Cove, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (City Centre)
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As featured in 3 days in Sydney
Ranked #35 of 293 attractions in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks
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... more » 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. « less
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Melbourne
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104 reviews 104 reviews
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

l have travelled many times to and from circular quay to manly the best trip, enjoy the sights and the sun beaming on you while sitting on the deck of a ferry, cant find that any other state in Australia. Very easy travel from circular quay and there is always someone there to assist you if you don't know which... More

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Kennesaw, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

This is the location where boats and trains merge in Sydney Cove. So expect crowds. The Rocks and the Royal Botanic Gardens and Opera House surround the Quay. Lots of restaurants including outside cafés so you won't go hungry. Prices are high in the Quay area so you'd need to eat elsewhere if budgeting.

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Brisbane
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Circular Quay is Sydney's soul... and if you miss the soul of a city, you miss what the city's all about. It sits between two iconic attractions, the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, so you'll probably want to put Circular Quay on your to do list. Huge cruise liners are regularly in port at the Overseas Passenger Terminal. Arrive... More

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Bendigo, Australia
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Wow loved Circular Quay Lots to see ships ferries shops street music and art Great views of opera house and bridge. We got to see a giant cruise ship coming into the quay, being from the country this was amazing! Train station is there too, toilets

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Auckland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Love visiting Circular Quay. Walk to the right from the main entrance and we end up at the Opera House. Walk to the left and there is the Contemporary Museum of Fine Art. Sit on one of the benches outside the museum and enjoy the mesmerising vistas of the harbour, the Opera House and everything else. A multicultural atmosphere in... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

This is a good place to see the opera house. It is the place where you can take ferry to many places in Sydney. Please check the timetable in advance.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Enjoyed the whole experience. The ferries are a fabulous way to get around. The people working around the Quay are very helpful and nothing is too much trouble. Great restaurants, cafes and walks. Enjoyed immensely.

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Kalgoorlie, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The quay is the area where the ferries leave and depart from, it's also where the international ships dock. You have views of the Harbour, the Opera House, people watching. Restaurants line Circular Quay. Find a spot at the end of the tourist day to have a coffee and people watch or on your way out for the evening, have... More

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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Clean, beautiful. Great for people watching and chilling with a glass of wine. Lovely views, get the ferry to manly and the zoo - fab views of the opera house.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We really didn't stay in Circular Quay. It basically served as the hub to go to Manly, go to the Opera House, go to The Rock, go to Luna Park, go to Bondi Beach, go to ... it is a transit hub and we certainly take advantage of it. By the way, the transit worker inside the building working on... More

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