Overseas Passenger Terminal


First opened in 1960, the Overseas Passenger Terminal has been welcoming and farewelling maritime passengers in Sydney for over half a century. Located at Circular Quay in Sydney, the Overseas Passenger Terminal also enjoys uninterrupted views of Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour, and the city skyline. It also has easy access to Circular Quay's transport hub, where you can catch trains, ferries, buses and taxis.

  • Queen Mary 2,  Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay
  • Queen Mary 2 cruiseship, Sydney Harbour

About the Overseas Passenger Terminal

In 2014 the historic Overseas Passenger Terminal (OPT) was given a revolutionary upgrade to accommodate record levels of cruise growth and increasingly large cruise ships, some with over 4,000 passengers on board. This has helped continue the tradition of providing a seamless, world-class experience for all visitors.

Featuring an extra high steel and glass facade to maximise the amount of natural light and ventilation within the terminal, the Overseas Passenger Terminal contains accessible escalators, elevators and a travelator. The Overseas Passenger Terminal and all of the vessels it services are now completely wheelchair accessible.

The Passenger Terminal also has easy access to Circular Quay's transport hub, where you can catch trains, ferries, buses and taxis. It is also just a short walk to The Rocks, a historic precinct where you’ll find cobbled laneways, cosy cafes and some of the oldest pubs in the country.

Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay

The Overseas Passenger Terminal also offers the convenience and comfort of several on-site restaurants and ATMs. These outstanding restaurants allow passengers to enjoy a range of fine seafood, Japanese and modern Australian cuisine while drinking in stunning views of Sydney Harbour. You'll find here award-winning restaurants such as Quay, Yuki's and Cruise Bar.

Refer to your itinerary for what time you need to arrive at the terminal, as check-in times can vary. In most cases, bag drop facilities will be available from 9.30am in the forecourt, but it’s best to check all details with your booking agent. Note that only passengers travelling with valid tickets will be allowed to enter the terminal.

After disembarking, passengers will need to reclaim their luggage and then clear customs and immigration before exiting the terminal. It is a short walk to public transport or you can catch a taxi at the on-site taxi rank. There is also a designated pick up bay for private vehicles which will assist you in exiting the precinct.

  • Cruiseship at Overseas Passgener Lounge, Sydney Harbour

    Getting There

    Circular Quay train and ferry platforms are just a two-minute walk from the OPT. For those arriving by car or taxi, entry to the OPT is off George Street onto Argyle Street. Parking is not permitted in the terminal precinct, however passengers may be set down or picked up.

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    Customs and Immigration

    People departing on a domestic cruise will need to complete a health questionnaire, while international cruise passengers must complete a health questionnaire as well as an outbound passenger card. Both documents are available inside the terminal upon arrival.

  • Queen Mary 2 cruiseship, Sydney Harbour

    Good to Know

    Bring either a passport with at least six months’ validity (for international voyages) or a government-issued photo ID (for domestic trips). Most cruise ships will not allow you to board with alcohol. Alcohol purchased onshore can be surrendered and collected at the end of the trip.