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Circular Quay

Sydney Cove, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (City Centre)
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Ranked #33 of 300 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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Boston, Massachusetts
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185 reviews 185 reviews
52 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Easy enough to find the ferry you need from here, plus the MCA is close and a few eateries behind the MCA. Nice jogging area if you avoid the afternoon crowds.

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

It's really unfortunate that urban planners in Sydney have never bitten the bullet and made the rail system fully underground in the CBD. The rail station is a scar on what could otherwise be a very attractive location.

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Brisbane
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Circular Quay is a must see in Sydney. With plenty of places to sit drink coffee and taking in the view.

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Wiltshire, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Lively, thriving quay with lots to see. Shops all along the walkways, dining or drinks aplenty. 2 of Sydney's finest landmarks within the same camera shot.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

if you want a place that's got almost everything this is the place to visit. It is truly a hub of activity and iconic structures. You have got the bridge, opera house in this category and is a fantastic photo opertunities for both. It's got ferries, cruise liners, trains, buses, day cruises and more. If you want something to eat... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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63 attraction reviews
211 helpful votes 211 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

This is the place to start your visit to Sydney. The ferry terminal to all the wonderful bays of Sydney Harbour. The train station...connecting you to the rest of Sydney. Plus the view is special..between the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. A "must visit " place...

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Suva, Fiji
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70 reviews 70 reviews
16 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Used to be a great place to walk and relax but now with too many new buildings has lost its glamour. Of course more and more restaurants have entered.

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Melbourne, Australia
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Situated on the edge of a cove in Sydney Harbour, this is a busy and quite ugly interchange for people using ferries, trains and buses and for people making their way to special destinations such as the Opera House and The Rocks. It's also a great spot for photographing and for people-watching. You'll see/hear buskers. You'll smell saltwater. You'll probably... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014 via mobile

Circular Quay is an awesome place to go with all the ferries, stores and much more to do. So go ahead take the family Ali g and come on down to circular quay where everything is awesome!!

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Darwin, Australia
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86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

It's a scenic area as it's so close to the ferries, the Rocks and views of both the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. It's also a main central transport hub so extremely busy. There's food and drink available but all fairly cheap and the buskers can be a bit 'tacky'. Recommend walking through then venturing out toward the opera house... More

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