Circular Quay
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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Neighbourhood: 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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  • TVDad
    Tampa, Florida1,482 contributions
    The Happening Place in Sydney
    Circular Quay is the hub of transportation, entertainment and dining in Sydney’s Central Business District. Easily accessible by ferry, train or trolley you must visit here if you are visiting Sydney. This is the place you’ll take the best selfies of The Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. You can catch a ferry, take a harbor cruise, listen to street performers, eat gelato and sip a cool adult beverage Lots of restaurants and cafes too. Best of all, you can spend as much or as little money as you want and still have fun!
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 March 2023
  • johnmodesto
    Modesto, California713 contributions
    The heart of the city with lovely views
    Circular Quay was our favorite place in Sydney. The views of the harbor, the Opera House, and the Rocks is superb. This is a transit hub for ferries, trams, and trains. A reason to take the train is the magnificent view of the harbor from the rail platform on the second floor of the building. There are fast food places, restaurants, convenience stores, a wine shop, and clean toilets. The public ferries are affordable and a great way to see the harbor. A pleasant journey is to Manly, avoid the so called Manly fast ferry as this is more expensive and in fact not much faster. It requires a special ticket while the normal ferries use the public transport Opal card.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 4 June 2023
  • Rowena P
    Adelaide, Australia274 contributions
    Worth the smells!
    Ok, for convenience=5. It’s simple, it’s a gateway. The trains, ferry, light rail all stop here so it’s your access path to all things Sydney. But it constantly smells like pee. The shops are varies but the convenience shops are over priced. Having said that… the views. You just can’t get better!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 4 June 2023
  • Michael-4551
    Caloundra, Australia5,458 contributions
    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
    Travelled solo
    Written 20 June 2023
  • Nicole M
    Hornsby, Australia511 contributions
    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
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 July 2023
  • Pixiehat
    480 contributions
    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
    Travelled solo
    Written 26 September 2023
  • JaneWW-CO
    Surprise, Arizona149 contributions
    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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 November 2023
  • JJOH
    Doha, Qatar712 contributions
    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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 December 2023
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JJOH
Doha, Qatar712 contributions
Dec. 2023 • Couples
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
Written 8 December 2023
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JaneWW-CO
Surprise, AZ149 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Couples
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.
Written 30 November 2023
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MikeFo
Brighton, UK1,049 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Couples
Ferries, the train, tram all converge on the quay, from which there are great views and numerous coffee shops, eateries too
Written 24 October 2023
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reeceyb
Chichester, UK1,617 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Couples
Well positioned ferry port right in amongst everything with tram stop outside and close to the opera house and gardens.
Written 17 October 2023
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Raintree_Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand3,777 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Couples
All roads... ferries... trains... trams.... buses... subways... lead to Circular Quay! It's really the hub of public transport in Sydney. Lots of shops and restaurants nearby.
Written 5 October 2023
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Kathryn M
Gold Coast, Australia1 contribution
Oct. 2023 • Family
The public toilets at circular quay train station are vile. Filthy dirty and sanitary bins are over flowing onto the floor! I had to take my children as they couldn’t wait and it was absolutely awful!!! How embarrassing that tourists see this!
Written 1 October 2023
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Davieland
Auckland, New Zealand596 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Couples
Great spot to hand out and people watch. So many places to eat and drink. Even on a Sunday it was buzzing. A must when visiting Sydney.
Written 26 September 2023
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Pixiehat
New Zealand480 contributions
Aug. 2023 • Solo
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
Written 26 September 2023
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Travelove58
11,272 contributions
Aug. 2023 • Couples
This is where the last tram stop ( which ends at this Circular Quay ), where you take the ferries. Nice views of Opera House & Sydney Harbour. There are shops, cafes & a nice food court here.
Written 1 September 2023
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Ogi0
Sofia, Bulgaria20,943 contributions
Aug. 2023
There is everything here and hotels and a museum and restaurants and even a transport hub. There are also great views of the bridge and the Opera House.
Written 22 August 2023
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