Circular Quay


The Rocks and Circular Quay

Discover world-famous attractions such as the Sydney Opera House and get transport to other spectacular sights in the city at Circular Quay, a busy transport hub since the early days of the colony. Circular Quay and The Rocks are great to explore if you're looking for good quality souvenirs, art galleries, designer fashion as well as historic pubs, outdoor cafes and waterfront restaurants.

  • Circular Quay, Sydney
  • Circular Quay, Sydney

About Circular Quay

Some of the best attractions in the world are in Circular Quay, on the waterfront of beautiful Sydney Harbour. With ferries, trains and buses arriving and departing the quay, it’s also a great place to get transport to other world-famous attractions near the city. Simply catch the 333 bus to Bondi Beach or the ferry to Manly Beach, or explore a range of other options at your leisure.

Begin your discovery of the quay by strolling along the harbour foreshore to the Sydney Opera House and the Royal Botanic Garden. Along the way, you'll find some great spots for the perfect photograph of Sydney's favourite icons - the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House.

Among the many things to do, art lovers will be enthralled with a visit to the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, on the western side of the quay, where you’ll find The Rocks. Explore the cobbled laneways and heritage buildings in the historic Rocks, considered the birthplace of modern Sydney. Cafes, bars and restaurants dot the eastern and western sides of Circular Quay, offering sublime harbour views with delicious food and drinks.

Circular Quay, Sydney

Some of Sydney's best restaurants are here: Aria, Quay, Bennelong in the Sydney Opera House, Cafe Sydney in Customs House, and The Dining Room in the Park Hyatt Sydney. From Circular Quay you can catch a ferry to Manly, travel along the Parramatta River to Sydney Olympic Park, or head to Watsons Bay by ferry for succulent seafood and a walk along the harbour foreshore.

You can also get water taxis, jet boats and harbour cruises at the quay.

  1. Customs House

    Customs House is built on the land of the traditional Indigenous owners, the Eora people, and is the site of the First Fleet landing. It is one of the most significant buildings in the history of European settlement...

  2. Joeys Walkabout

    Explore Sydney like a local, with a local, on guided walking tours of the Harbour and the City in either English or German language. Choose from morning, lunch and afternoon tours. Learn about colonial and 20th...

  3. Justice and Police Museum

    Step into the dark side of Sydney’s past with a visit to the Water Police station and courts that once made up one of the city’s busiest legal hubs. Crooks and cops, thugs and judges, locals and drifters, the guilty...

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