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Circular Quay

Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
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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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“transport hub” (79 reviews)
“opera house” (806 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
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Reviewed yesterday

We purposely choose a really nice hotel in the marina area of Circular Quay. From this vantage point is was in walking distance from the opera House, the gardens, the ferries, the stores, and restaurants on George Street. Stayed at the harriott Sydney Harbour

Thank GARY W
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

CQ is a very good transportation hub in the heart of Sydney’s CBD on the waterfront. Trains and ferries and taxis. One of the cruise ship terminals is here. Easy to and from the airport on the train. Make sure you get an Opal card...More

Thank im44
Reviewed 2 days ago

Well organised and using the Opel card is a breeze. Comes in on time and leaves on time with a quick turnaround. Good value to view Sydney and the bays. Plenty of colourful entertainers on the wharf only add to the experience.

Thank rnorris747
Reviewed 2 days ago

Circular Quay is always good for a 'wander around'. It is always so lively and so busy! We found a bevy of street performers down closer towards the Opera house and throngs of 'shiny, happy people' milling around on a Saturday night. Perfect for snapping...More

Thank Perry B
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

You can walk around the Circular quay to the Opera house and the Sydney harbour bride. And i would like to recommend you to see the view of the harbour on the Circular Quay train station. It’s very great scene. Must Go!!

Thank Mike_Amornsin
Reviewed 5 days ago

Circular Quay is a wonderful place to watch the world go by. Always something happening and if there is a cruise ship in dock it is even better.

Thank Jenny F
Reviewed 5 days ago

Masses of people as you'd expect in a major ferry hub, jostling with nasty food joints, loud club music, over priced tourist tat... Not for me. View of the opera house and bridge is awesome, but I can only bear this place if I keep...More

Thank Alnwickist01
Reviewed 6 days ago

we took a walk down here, but found it was manly company's selling ferries tickets with the odd restaurant, lots of people walking , but not as many street performers than there used to be.

Thank Fiona J
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great, busy area. Wide variety of restaurants all with great views. Get in early for a table with a view though.

Thank elishamaree
Reviewed 1 week ago

strolling around taking pictures of everything, including this very popular walking area. The quay is home for cruise ships and ferries and every size in between. I even watched a tall ship come in! Lots of places to eat/drink. A very central area and also...More

Thank garywing
The Rocks
The first residents of the Rocks were convicts and
sailors from the old nation. As the oldest
neighbourhood 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
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20 October 2017|
Response from Howarth S | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure, sorry. Might depend on which boat you are taking -perhaps contact the company?