Circular Quay

Circular Quay, Sydney: Address, Phone Number, Circular Quay Reviews: 4.5/5

Circular Quay
4.5
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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 area
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Neighborhood: Central Business District
The Sydney Central Business District is abuzz with energy. Power brokers run to and from high rise buildings and after-work drink places, high-end shoppers tour venues like the QVB, and fine diners frequent the many celebrity chef restaurants. For a dose of culture, walk to the NSW Art Gallery, or visit the Sydney Museum. To escape the hustle and bustle, reconnect with nature at the Sydney Botanical Gardens or picnic lunch at High Park. No matter your interest, be sure to check the full calendar of events hosted by the city, from the Sydney Festival in January to October’s Good Food Month at Hyde Park.
How to get there
  • Circular Quay • 1 min walk
  • Wynyard • 9 min walk
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia7,461 contributions
For going from and going to
Apr 2021
Circular Quay was, until fairly recently, a working port in Sydney Harbour; now, it is the destination of international cruise ships. Circular Quay is now used as a dock for Harbour Ferries. It is also hosts a rail station; it is a major transport node. The quay is popular with visitors to Sydney. The New Year's Eve fireworks attract large crowds to Circular Quay, it's also a good venue to view the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge.
Written June 9, 2021
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705annettea
Mareeba, Australia8 contributions
Great walk
Jun 2021
Loved this so much was a lot to see, great arrangements of restaurants. Beautiful places to stop for a drink or a cuppa.
Written June 8, 2021
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Lina
6 contributions
Protest central
Mar 2021
This place should hold a protest : "This is a transport hub. Tourists stay away". Sydneysiders are of course annoyed that their daily commute through here is interrupted by tourists with camera.
Written April 27, 2021
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Tommo
Melbourne, Australia44,046 contributions
Vibrant transport hub
Apr 2021
We were at Circular Quay often during our 12 day stay in Sydney.

This is a vibrant location where one can catch, buses trains tram and ferries.

We were either arriving or departing by train or on the ferry there to go and from Manly or catching a bus to the suburbs or on the tram.

Lots of restaurant and bars around.

Fantastic spot to watch the ferries arrive and deport or see Sydney icons like Harbour Bridge or Opera House.
Written April 23, 2021
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Sandy B
Sydney, Australia680 contributions
Love it here
Jan 2021
Never get enough of circular quay, ferries going everywhere in sydney from here. Great resturants and cafes, train is right there to anywhere you want to go. right near historic area The Rocks
Written January 23, 2021
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EdiBa683
Switzerland1,227 contributions
Very busy and important place
Jan 2020
It is always something to see! It is the ferry terminal but there are also busses, taxis and much more.
There are many restaurants and shops in this area. You can also see the landing and start of the huge cruise ships. It was amazing to watch tourist get off and on the ship. It was a kind of interesting to see it once. The beautiful promenade to the Harbour Bridge and a small green park starts at Circular Quay. Next to the terminal were also musicians and artists to see. Enjoy the atmosphere and don't hurry too much even it is a turntable for tourists.
Written December 21, 2020
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apocalipse
Seattle, WA626 contributions
The Quay it's the place to be.
Dec 2019
The Quay is great, lots of rest. nice walk boarding the water front, lots of people. it is fun. You get to see all the taxi boats .
Written November 1, 2020
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia26,407 contributions
Perfect spot for a day out
Oct 2020
Circular Quay is a busy port. It is a centre of activities of all sorts. Buses, taxis, trains, ferries, cruise ships, sailing boats and other kinds of boats, they all can be found here. The Opera House is just across the water a couple of hundred metres away. There are museums nearby and there are countless cafes, restaurants, souvenir shops, and everything else in between. The port dates to the early part of the 19th century and due to its circular shape it was named thus. The old Rocks area is just "up the road" from the port and so is practically everything else! The New Year's Fireworks are centred here too. And most of all, the views are spectacular. It is certainly worth a visit or two!
Written October 27, 2020
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jeffryb
Keysborough, Australia371 contributions
Jump ship at Circular Quay
Oct 2020
Circular Quay is where cruise ships tie up. It also has ferry quays, a railway station and bus stops. It's also one of the best places in Sydney to see the New Years' Fireworks Display, one of the world's best
Written October 6, 2020
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia7,461 contributions
Tourists will love it
Oct 2020
Circular Quay is the tourist centre of Sydney. It has malls, walkways, parks and restaurants. Circular Quay has bus stops and a railway station. Ferry quays can be found here. By the way, it's a favourite site to see the New Year's Eve fireworks, among the world's most spectacular.
Written October 4, 2020
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