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.
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.
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.