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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 #36 of 294 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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16 reviews 16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Circular Quay is the central place to watch city of Sydney. Many attractions are nearby for visitors. You can enjoy surfing, shopping, enjoying around this place. Harbour is nearby. High rise building are all around. China town, Museum are also nearby to visit.

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Goa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

The Circular quay is situated in between the Sydney Harbour Bridge which is a huge attraction by itself and the Sydney Opera house. The circular is the berth for the cruise ships that visit Sydney. A short distance from the city .

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

When you think of Sydney and the iconic buildings and structures you are probably thinking of a picture of circular quay. The views are beautiful and you can spend a whole day just wondering around the waters edge getting yet another great view. I challenge you to only take 1 photo of each landmark and not several from every new... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

I like Circular Quay and the hustle and bustle of passengers connecting between Sydney Trains and Harbour Ferries. However the playing of a didgeridoo was far too loud, while poor signage about the toilets was not optimal. The City of Sydney ought to have some of its staff travel down to Melbourne to observe good tourist signage. The whole area... More

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Jervis Bay, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Dirty, smelly and do not dare use the bathrooms, you might catch something. Needs a face lift and a good clean.

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Melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

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 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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71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

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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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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105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
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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