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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:
0293876644
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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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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I grew up 2 hours out of Sydney and always loved going to Circular Quay, mainly for a ferry ride but also to see the buskers, not usually the musical kind, think more like statue... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I grew up 2 hours out of Sydney and always loved going to Circular Quay, mainly for a ferry ride but also to see the buskers, not usually the musical kind, think more like statue men painted all silver

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

You will, no doubt pass through. The wharfs to catch the various ferries are here. There are several restaurants. There are public restrooms which aren't too bad if you need them. Always lots of activity, so offered some VERY good people watching.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Circular Quay is the launch point for the water taxis, many of the ferries and the Captain Cook hop on/hop off boats. You can walk around and visit all the shops. Lots of restaurants. And you can walk over to the Sydney Opera House to view the amazing structure up close and personal. It is also the location where... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We visited Circular Quay for the ferry wharf to Manly Beach and also for the trains. Very busy due to its central location and right near to the Harbour Bridge and Opera House.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

If you are sailing from here you will have a great view of Sydney, the opera house and the bridge. It's one of the best sail in and out ports in the world in my opinion. Not the biggest but pretty. Absolutely worth a look. Good cafes too.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Get a real feel of this city by just hangingbaround here at one of the cafes. Hop on any ferry to enjoy yhr harbor. Even saw aborigines here.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Circular Quay itself is not that special. However, once you throw in the world famous icon - Opera House & Harbour Bridge, plus historical area The Rock, Royal Botanical Garden. Restaurants, Bars, Street Performance & the Ferries connection to Manly Beach, Taronga Zoo & etc, plus the beautiful harbour view as back drop, it become an irresistible complete package. You... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Circular Quay is ground zero for your visit to Sydney. From there you are walking distance to the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, and can easily connect to bus, ferry or train for anywhere int eh greater Sydney area. It can get a little trashed at times, but it has a variety of restaurants along the eastern waterfront, and the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A great place to visit to watch ocean liners, or the local ferries. Close to a train station so easy access to all parts of Sydney. Why not catch one of the ferries to Manly or just take in the views of the harbour, Opera House and the bridge.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We stayed very close to Circular Quay so we were down here nearly every day. The views are amazing, like a moving post card. We loved watching the different cruise ships coming in and out. We would offen have dinner on the lawns near the art gallery, very pictures

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