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Circular Quay

Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
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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.
  • Excellent54%
  • Very good36%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“transport hub” (87 reviews)
“opera house” (890 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
The Rocks
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"transport hub"
in 87 reviews
"opera house"
in 890 reviews
"street performers"
in 97 reviews
"cruise ship"
in 115 reviews
"busy area"
in 39 reviews
"ferry terminal"
in 69 reviews
"starting point"
in 39 reviews
"museum of contemporary art"
in 45 reviews
"souvenir shops"
in 33 reviews
"watch the world"
in 48 reviews
"rocks area"
in 74 reviews
"botanical gardens"
in 96 reviews
"lots of restaurants"
in 46 reviews
"taronga zoo"
in 61 reviews
"luna park"
in 45 reviews
"walk around"
in 37 reviews
"sydney ferries"
in 39 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Still ugly but a very functional hub of the city - convenient for ferries, trains and buses and so much to do whether its the myriad of cafes, restaurants, Opera House , walks around The Rocks.

Thank RonWamberal
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Lots to do near Circular Quay. Lots of places to eatand things to do or just some old fashioned people watching. Also, very close to Sydney shopping district.

Thank carmelwillis4
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Reviewed 6 days ago

There is so much to enjoy in the Circular Quay area. The parks are just beautiful around Circular quay. The view of the harbor is exquisite as well as the proximity to the Sydney Opera House and not far from the famous bridge. Nice area...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great central hub at the heart of everything. Excellent transport links - bus/train/ferry. Right beside the opera house and spectacular views of the bridge, particularly good for sunset. Loads of shops and restaurants and hotels nearby.

Thank Pole2Pole_Images
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots of shops, restaurants, and of course, the ferry zone. Very cool to see, but avoided it on other days. Food at restaurants was terrific, though.

Thank colokelly
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Perfect spot to go out with friends as there're many pleasant places to have a coffee, lunch or dessert or just to go for a walk. Best view for a Harbour Bridge and Opera House.

Thank Ewelina K
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One can spend many hours at this area just walking around and watching the ships and ferries arrive and depart, Plenty of other old buildings to look at also. A number of roadside musicians entertain.

Thank Wendyll P
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

as a resident of sydney its a good day out on the many ferries,,either to Manly or up the river going west to Parramatta,you will need ur camera fully charge ,views of the opera house or harbour bridge,,in fact theres much more than that,,,just do...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The area surrounding the Quay is alive with shops, restaurants, transportation hubs, etc. It is a great place to people watch, grab a meal or access other destinations. It seems to be the center of the city and is always very busy. Even though it...More

Thank Patty J
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a must see if you visit Sydney. Loads of restaurants, coffee shops and just relaxed places to sit with views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

Thank MorneKo
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Ann739
31 January 2018|
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Response from mg7188 | Reviewed this property |
Yeah..its perfectly fine
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hongkongmay11
20 October 2017|
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Response from Howarth S | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure, sorry. Might depend on which boat you are taking -perhaps contact the company?
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Alison H
12 April 2015|
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Response from Leon L | Reviewed this property |
Yes in the former Customs House.
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