Circular Quay
Circular Quay
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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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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 • 3 min walk
  • Martin Place • 10 min walk
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  • Michael-4551
    Caloundra, Australia5,533 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Circular Quay
    Visited a few times during my recent visit to Sydney. It is the gateway to exploring Sydney by train, bus, light rail or ferry. Or to go exploring the Opera House, Rocks area or further afield.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written June 20, 2023
  • Nicole M
    Hornsby, Australia580 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I love Circular Quay
    We walked down here after dinner at the Sydney Tower. Such a nice walk. Always something happening at Circular Quay. Ice cream, Gelato and many places to eat or have a coffee or wine. You can watch the ferries come and go, take in the view of the harbour.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 4, 2023
  • Pixiehat
    458 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Extremely vibrant
    An exciting vibrant place with a frantic holiday vibe about it. Holidaying families with push-chairs and toddlers are everywhere. Some nice restaurants (more restaurant choices between Circular Quay and Sydney Opera House). Sydney Information people wander throughout daily. The many ferry terminals look daunting but take a deep breath, stand still, and calmly read information on any terminal's wall to get information as to which terminal you need to leave from. You must get a travel card to board ferries or buses and there's a machine at the wharf entrance or you can purchase a card from a shop that is also at one of the quay entrances. Most visitors do the walk of The Rocks-Circuar Quay-Sydney Opera House. About an hour if admiring views, longer if stopping off at places
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 26, 2023
  • JaneWW-CO
    Surprise, Arizona159 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots to See and Do
    What a wonderful day in Sydney. Loved Circular Quay and loved not being in the hustle/bustle of Sydney proper. Lots to see and do -- the Opra House, restaurants, shopping and access to transportation. We were there Sunday and loved the Street Market with so many talented artisens. One of my favorite stops in Australia.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 30, 2023
  • JJOH
    Doha, Qatar699 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice spot near the cruise ship terminal
    Not far from (adjacent) the Rocks this is close to the end of 5he harbour bridge and the cruise terminal. Good views of the bridge and opera house. The enormous cruise ships park her3 and are an impressive site. There are some fairly upmarket places to eat here. Good quality but at a price
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 7, 2023
  • london057
    Dublin, Ohio666 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is the Best Quay Down Under
    First of all this is the best Quay Down Under. Second cruise 🚢 ships 🛳️ park here . Third Ferrys also park here too . Fourth they are restaurants on this quay too. Lastly, you get a view of the Sydney Skyline 🏙️.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 26, 2024
  • FlyAtNight
    Brooklin, Canada3,513 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Never tire of visiting Circular Quay
    I have been fortunate to have made 5 trips to Australia and every one has included a trip to Circular Quay. The views of the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and the water are outstanding. Restaurants are good, but priced as one would expect in a tourist area. I found travel convenient by train from the western suburbs.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written February 4, 2024
  • Sarah C
    Ashtead, United Kingdom1,292 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Buzzy transport hub and great sights
    Always our first stop when in Sydney, this just evokes the whole flavour of this wonderful city. We chatted to cruise passengers, marvelled as always at the Opera House and revelled in the warm sunshine. Great views every whichway and lots of maritime activity. Never a dull moment
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 27, 2024
  • jmash
    Turnersville, New Jersey1,431 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visit to Circular Quay
    My wife and I along with another couple recently stayed in Sydney before a cruise vacation. While there, we visited Circular Quay. This is a really nice area with many eateries, cafes, and shopping. There are a lot of ferry services there and it is a short walk to the botanical gardens and the famous opera house. We really enjoyed this area and recommend it highly.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 1, 2024
  • Tommo
    Melbourne, Australia55,539 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bustling hub of Sydney
    Circular Quay is a bustling hub where ferries arrive and depart as well as a train station and tram stop. There is a cruise terminal located here as well. Vivid is located here as well. You can also walk to the great Rocks Market from here. Lots of eateries and bars are also loccated close by. Dont forget the great views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 14, 2024
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England, UK166 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Come here anytime of the day and it seems busy. The morning's are full of cruise ship passengers disembarking, early afternoon has tourists and street performers doing their thing, late afternoon's are filled with cruise ship passengers rushing not to miss their ship. The Quay has a nice atmosphere, feels safe, and there's much ice-cream to be had on a hot day. Come just as the sun's going down and you'll be sharing the Quay with Sydney's resident flying foxes...a must see :)
Written April 5, 2020
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Wufang
Greater Perth, Australia97 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Circular Quay is one of the few places in the world which I have always found fascinating. The hustle and bustle of commuters and tourists hopping on and off ferries or catching a bus or the underground at this central hub. There are dozens of eateries offering the best of food from all over the world. For a first time visitor a stroll to the nearby iconic Sydney Opera House is a must, together with a short rest stop at one of the sidewalk cafes offering a spectacular view of Sydney harbour, its famous bridge and perhaps a giant ocean liner just docking right alongside the ferries. Take a guided history harbour cruise or simply hop on any ferry and enjoy a ride to Manly beach for a swim or to Toronga Park zoo, one of the world‘s greatest! Ferries are children friendly and a great outing for families as well as wheelchair bound invalids or the elderly. A number of concession tickets are available. Just ask at any of the ticket offices. Take my word, you will never tire of an outing to circular quay!
Written February 18, 2020
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Nicola H
Reading, UK148 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Family
Circular quay has undergone a huge modernisation over the last decade. Trains and buses and the new tram. However the jewel in the crown is the beautiful ferries which take you to all parts of Sydney along the Parramatta river. These are inexpensive and have great views of the city and surrounding areas.
Written February 23, 2020
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rusty2112
Geelong, Australia134 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Family
Circular Quay, and the Harbour, combine to make a wonderful experience. The Quay itself is a very busy place with its multitude of train and ferry passengers. From the Quay you can launch yourself by foot towards the Opera House or towards The Rocks. By ferry you have your choice of destinations, with probably Toronga Zoo being the most popular. Your best bet is to buy the combined ticket which covers ferries and buses. By day or night, it’s a beautiful place to be with plenty to see and do and a wealth of places to eat and drink.
Written February 2, 2020
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Sarox210
Townsville, Australia335 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
Circular Quay can be utilized in so many different ways. It’s definitely a huge transport hub with ferries, cruises, trams, trains, buses etc. People are on a mission to get somewhere. There are also a number of street performers, heaps of people watching opportunities, a wide variety of food vendors, coffee shops and restaurants. You can wander down to the Opera House, view the Harbour Bridge or head over to the Rocks. Not to mention the ferries to just about anywhere else you’d like to go around the Harbour.
Written January 12, 2020
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TWal1
Canberra, Australia2,951 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Business
Most tourists, particularly those arriving by ship will experience Sydney’s Circular Quay. It is a hive of activity with ferries, bars and restaurants, street performers and Early European history. There is always plenty to see and do in the area. For day trippers, a harbour cruise or a ferry ride to Manly are great options. A good time to explore is by running or walking through the area early in the morning.
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Written March 6, 2020
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nocatnow
Melbourne, Australia797 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Ferries, buses and the new trams all congregate at Circular Quay. Trains, too, take you from the airport to Circular Quay. The Overseas Cruise Terminal is also situated there.

With so many people coming and going, Circular Quay offers a wide range of cafes, restaurant and bars. At one end is The Rocks, and sat the other end, the Opera House. It's the heart of Sydney.
Written April 12, 2020
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SMMaxwell
Victoria, Canada249 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
There is so much to explore at Circular Quay. Watching the people climbing the Harbour Bridge (Cost between $200 and $400 to do yourself!) and touring the Opera House are the two major attractions, but there are lovely restaurants, a glass floor with a complete model of Sydney that you can walk over and get an idea of where various places are. There is also a small ferry tour that can be part of the Hop On, Hop Off bus tours as well, that takes you to see various sights such as Mrs. MacQuarries Chair, the Naval base, Watson Bay and Manly beach as well as travelling under the Harbour bridge to Darling Harbour. It was a lovely way to stay cool on a very warm day. After exploring Circular Quay we walked through the Royal Botanical Gardens that are right at the base of the Opera House beside Circular Quay. This area is great for all.
Written February 18, 2020
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TweetieTravels
Bellevue, WA496 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
An endless parade of boats and streams of people, long with street entertainers. Here is where you will get your water taxi and tram tickets, enjoy a flat white in a sidewalk cafe, or stroll through the shops as you make your way to the Opera House. Easy access to The Rocks as well.
Written January 12, 2020
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wadlyn
Sydney, Australia94 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
If you ever get the chance cruise into Sydney's Circular Quay(pronounced like 'key'). Spectacular pulling into the harbour and then slowly sliding into your berth. Everything is at your finger tips if not your feet as you are smack dab in the city of Sydney and just minutes away by foot to all the restaraunts,harbour/city activities etc. Wonderful place to be for the New years celebrations as its right over head with lots of boom crash opera. Circular quay is also a great starting off point for all your cruises as most cruise lines now have a 'must stop off/start from' in Sydney itenerary.
So no more procrastinating..get going and go walk about Circular quay or hop on a cruise line and go go go.
Written February 23, 2020
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