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Circular Quay

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The Rocks
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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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Perfect spot to witness Vivid lights!!!!

It is the perfect spot to witness the vivid lights. this is where you can catch ferries to multiple destinations including Luna Park.

Reviewed 3 days ago
Penina M
Campbelltown, Australia
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Campbelltown, Australia
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It is the perfect spot to witness the vivid lights. this is where you can catch ferries to multiple destinations including Luna Park.

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Interesting place. But mainly as a departure to other interesting places. Here's a tip, buy a return to Balmain. At Balmain you arrive at the wharf and have to climb a really steep hill, and then walk for 10 minutes. Eventually you'll arrive in one of the most beautiful pub/Cafe/restaurant / shopping districts. Trust me, you'll love it

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Carolina, Puerto Rico
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is such a Cosmo area!! I loved it.... tons and tons of eateries and places to shop and tons of boats and ferries taking off from here.... this is THE place to come in Sydney

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Trail, Canada
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This was a really nice harbour to walk in to get a feel for Sydney. You get a lot of the iconic views and there was heaps of shops and cafes along the way.

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Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Circular Quay is in between the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. There are buskers and sometimes chalk artists. Well worth a visit.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is the heart of the harbor and next to the Opera House. All public transportation come here, ferry, subway, buses its like grand central station. Plenty of signs to give accurate directions, but mainly to get you to the next destination.

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Trail, Canada
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited Sydney and spent lots of time walking on the circle quay. There were a number of performers that were talented and some not so much. There are plenty of places to eat and attractions to see. Spend a day checking it out if your in Sydney.

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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We might think of Circular Quay as being the walk between the Harbour Bridge, the Rocks and the Opera House but it is more than that. We grabbed a cheap lunch of salad and tuna from a supermarket and found a piece of grass outside the museum to watch the boats come in and people going by. Lots of entertainers... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Wandered from Circular Quay through to the rocks markets, walked along the waters edge one way and through the old buildings on return. Lots to see and enjoy, always different buskers and entertainers around.

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Caloundra, Australia
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Great to sit and just take in the amazing views from the Harbour bridge to the operas house and everything in between. An early morning walk, about 7am before it gets busy gives a totally different perspective on a calm serene Sydney to the hustle and bustle of a work day. Visit many different times of the day to get... More 

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