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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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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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The Circular Quay IS Sydney.

This place is one of the best features of Sydney, noisy, brash, endearingly 'there', right in your face! There is no escaping the bustle! Cruise ships, ferries galore, and... read more

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Reviewed yesterday NEW

This place is one of the best features of Sydney, noisy, brash, endearingly 'there', right in your face! There is no escaping the bustle! Cruise ships, ferries galore, and entertainment all round! Studied with restaurants, shops, and other features. A 'must'.

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Saugus, Massachusetts
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Nearly everything that happens in the harbor begins here. All the ferry's start, end or go through here. The Rocks and the opera house are located here as well.

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Circular quay was the landing place of Captain Cooks fleet, after Botany Bay. This is the original settlement place of that fleet. It has great views of the city, bridge and opera house, and large cruise ships. you never tire of visiting

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

At some point most visitors will gravitate to circular quay, it is a real happening place, with many up market shops and restaurants. As well as the starting point of the Sydney ferry service, and also having a train station and a bus terminal. From here it is a short walk to the Opera house, botanic gardens, the rocks and... More 

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Wollombi, Australia
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Let down by grungy area - needs facelift. It is a working harbour. The main place to catch a ferry. So can get a bit polluted, dirty and messy, especially around the entrance to the trains. Personally, I find the crowds completely overbearing in summer, and try to avoid it like the plague. Especially if cruise liners are in dock.... More 

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Cochrane, Canada
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great place to get ferries, people watch or get something to eat. Easy walk to the opera house and the contempary museum and the rocks

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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

What an amazing sight. We loved walking around circular quay and seeing everything. And the sights were even better once we grabbed the ferry.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Sat between the Harbour Bridge and Opera House you get more than a fair share of iconic views. There are a handful of (fairly basic) cafes and restaurants which are always open, which can be handy out of hours. During the day there are some street performers dotted around the place. About half way between the ferry terminal and Opera... More 

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Water taxis, ferries, cruise ship port, street musicians and entertainers, food, drink, souvenir shops and more.

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Bendigo, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The circular quay is the heart of Sydney's seaside transportation. You can get a taxi, uber, train, ferry or even embark your cruise ship here. There is a variety of shops, cafes, touristy places here plus, much more! This place is perfect for everyone at any age! I highly recommend coming here plus you get to see not 1 but... More 

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The Rocks
The first residents of the Rocks were convicts and sailors from the old nation. As the oldest neighborhood in the city, the area's cobblestone streets host more than 100 heritage sites and buildings, including the oldest house in Sydney, Camden Cottage, which was built in 1816. Taste a “midi “ or a “schooner” of beer and dine “al fresco” on the waterfront at some of the oldest pubs in Sydney. The weekend markets at the Rocks are where you can find local artists' hand-made souvenirs, organic food and designer jewelry in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. To enjoy some of the best Australian and international contemporary art, the MCA museum is open every day and select evenings. At the end of a long day of sightseeing, be sure to save energy to dance the night away at the area's many late night entertainment venues.
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