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Circular Quay

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Address: George Street, The Rocks Nsw 2000 | First Fleet Park, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
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+61 2 9387 6644
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

Circular Quay is a colorful port where ferries and cruise ships board and...

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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Nice walk

We visited Sydney and spent lots of time walking on the circle quay. There were a number of performers that were talented and some not so much. There are plenty of places to eat... read more

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Trail, Canada
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We visited Sydney and spent lots of time walking on the circle quay. There were a number of performers that were talented and some not so much. There are plenty of places to eat and attractions to see. Spend a day checking it out if your in Sydney.

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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

We might think of Circular Quay as being the walk between the Harbour Bridge, the Rocks and the Opera House but it is more than that. We grabbed a cheap lunch of salad and tuna from a supermarket and found a piece of grass outside the museum to watch the boats come in and people going by. Lots of entertainers... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Wandered from Circular Quay through to the rocks markets, walked along the waters edge one way and through the old buildings on return. Lots to see and enjoy, always different buskers and entertainers around.

Thank ingarr2016
Caloundra, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 223 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great to sit and just take in the amazing views from the Harbour bridge to the operas house and everything in between. An early morning walk, about 7am before it gets busy gives a totally different perspective on a calm serene Sydney to the hustle and bustle of a work day. Visit many different times of the day to get... More 

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Sheerness, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Lots of cafes and shops to look around. Looks newly modernised and fashionable. An old submarine and frigate give you something to walk around if your bored shopping. Very clean. Well kept. Worth a visit

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Every time I'm in Sydney I end up at circular quay - the transport hub of Sydney. Trains, buses, ferries and large passenger liners all met at circular quay. Just watching the people go by - walking, running, strolling makes this area an enjoyable treat to look at

Thank allisonmanor
Rockingham, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It is 18 years since I visited this area I was disappointed to see that nothing had changed. The area where to ferries depart are still the same dull and dingy. Unfortunately I have nothing good to say. The restaurants towards Opera House are expensive and only has a few souvenir shops. Worth a look if you haven't been before.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

the central place in Sydney - by the Harbor bridge and Opera. Take a boat from here to do a harbor cruise or the mandatory visit to Manly Beach. The restaurants all have a nice view on the harbour, the best is the one in the best location with the 2 sailboat masts - good food. Funny, I don't find... More 

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Ocean Shores, Australia
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Circular Quay is a busy place however it is very untidy at the moment with renovations, repairs and construction works in progress. What should be a visually pleasant place presents as a hotch-potch of noise and untidiness. It could also dom with abit of a clean around the central busy wharf areas.

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Easiest way to see the Opera and the city from the water is to take a standard ferry to Manly or Watson Bay and back.

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