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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
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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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What an amazing sight.

What an amazing sight. We loved walking around circular quay and seeing everything. And the sights were even better once we grabbed the ferry.

Reviewed 1 week ago
Evan L
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

What an amazing sight. We loved walking around circular quay and seeing everything. And the sights were even better once we grabbed the ferry.

Thank Evan L
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Sat between the Harbour Bridge and Opera House you get more than a fair share of iconic views. There are a handful of (fairly basic) cafes and restaurants which are always open, which can be handy out of hours. During the day there are some street performers dotted around the place. About half way between the ferry terminal and Opera... More 

Thank JJ D
Austin, Texas
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Water taxis, ferries, cruise ship port, street musicians and entertainers, food, drink, souvenir shops and more.

Thank Spintl
Bendigo, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The circular quay is the heart of Sydney's seaside transportation. You can get a taxi, uber, train, ferry or even embark your cruise ship here. There is a variety of shops, cafes, touristy places here plus, much more! This place is perfect for everyone at any age! I highly recommend coming here plus you get to see not 1 but... More 

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Wexford, Ireland
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Boats dashing to and fro carring passengers to different points in the harbour . Buskers ( good and bad ) entertain the strolling crowds , the views - opera house , bridge , cruise liners . Numerous places to eat from fast food to fine dining .

Thank mlb186643
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This a yet another beautiful spot to come and visit if you are ever in Sydney! The views, the smell of the saltwater, just beautiful!

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Fort Worth, Texas
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Reviewed 1 week ago

All the ferries come through here as well as buses and trains. There are many food stalls and restaurants with seating here as well.

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Queensland, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The opera house, ferries, train stop. You will likely end up here if you are a tourist in Sydney. There is food, and street performers here.

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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Everything you could possibly need and more. Restaurants, shops,bars and close to the cruise terminal.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A good hub for public ferries to Manly, Watson Bay and some other places. The location is great and can access by train. Some shops, restaurants and cafes around.

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The first residents of the Rocks were convicts and sailors from the old nation. As the oldest neighbourhood in the city, the area's cobblestone streets host more than 100 heritage sites and buildings, including the oldest house in Sydney, Camden Cottage, which was built in 1816. Taste a “midi “ or a “schooner” of beer and dine “al fresco” on the waterfront at some of the oldest pubs in Sydney. The weekend markets at the Rocks are where you can find local artists' hand-made souvenirs, organic food and designer jewelry in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. To enjoy some of the best Australian and international contemporary art, the MCA museum is open every day and select evenings. At the end of a long day of sightseeing, be sure to save energy to dance the night away at the area's many late night entertainment venues.
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