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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
Phone Number:
+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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Vivid 2016

In sydney for Vivid, plenty happening at the Circular Quay precinct. Best spot to see the opera house light show, and all the other buildings in the area.

Reviewed 14 June 2016
Marc B
Hobart, Australia
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Hobart, Australia
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117 reviews
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Reviewed 14 June 2016

In sydney for Vivid, plenty happening at the Circular Quay precinct. Best spot to see the opera house light show, and all the other buildings in the area.

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West Malling, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 June 2016

Gets very busy and but is the hub to the harbour and surrounding area. It well laid with supporting restaurants etc.

Thank Kevin R
Cauayan, Isabela, Philippines
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110 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 June 2016

From the train to the ferry for cruising then the opera house. One could choose this place to meet and dine or even shop.

Thank Yam V
Hervey Bay, Australia
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105 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 June 2016

A busy place with shops and restaurants. Great to sit and watch the ferries come and go. Always some street entertainment to see as well

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far away
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 June 2016

If you have only a small amount of time in Sydney, Circular Quay is the place to go. It is the hub of so much activity. There is the Harbour Bridge on one side and the Sydney Opera House on the other. And in between you have the ferries that take you all over Sydney (take the Manly ferry!). Yes,... More 

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Port Douglas, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 June 2016

We were here for the Vivid Festival, and despite some stormy weather we had a great time here in Circular Quay. Restaurants, Food Trucks, and of course all the elements of the Vivid Festival and Harbour to watch go by.

Thank mdm1972
Dubbo, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 June 2016

Lots to see and do catch a ferry to Taronga zoo, manly or many other places close to the rocks, opera house and harbour bridge

Thank Sharport67
Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 11 June 2016 via mobile

We went for a walk at Circular Quay and like the place for its romantic Leisure atmosphere. Will be good for all to try too as there are baskers and different activities around

Thank blueneutron
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 11 June 2016

It was so nice sitting in the sunshine at Circular Quay watching all the ferries arriving and departing, close to Sydney Opera House and often there is a cruise boat moored at the terminal

Thank thomas d
Tolga, Queensland, Australia
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Reviewed 11 June 2016 via mobile

On a clear day, Circular Quay is simply breathtaking. Our recent visit unfortunately coincided with the most significant weather event in 30 years, so needless to say it was difficult to see beyond the torrential rain to take it all in. That being said, even in rainy weather, it's still a magical experience to view this iconic area.

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