Circular Quay

On the edge of beautiful Sydney Harbour, Circular Quay in Sydney Cove is a gateway to many iconic attractions. Stroll along the eastern side to the Sydney Opera House and Royal Botanic Garden. Hop on a ferry and explore one of the world’s great natural harbours, visiting gems such as Taronga Zoo.

You can take a ferry across the sparkling harbour to ManlyWatsons Bay or under the Sydney Harbour Bridge and along the Parramatta River to UNESCO World Heritage-listed convict sites in Parramatta. Trains and buses depart the quay too, such as the 333 bus to iconic Bondi Beach.

Circular Quay, Sydney

Check out the exciting events calendar for world-class shows at the Sydney Opera House, a World Heritage-listed architectural masterpiece. Stroll along the western side of the busy transport hub to the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and The Rocks, where the British colony began in 1788.

Along the foreshore are spectacular views. You can walk under the world’s largest steel arch bridge to Walsh Bay, a theatre precinct with heritage wharves. Other things to do and see include exploring Sydney’s dark past at the Justice and Police Museum, in a former colonial court and police station.

Circular Quay on Australia Day 2016

A great range of tours is available too at the quay, including guided walks, tall ships, jet boats, delicious lunch and dinner cruises, and Aboriginal-led Tribal Warrior Harbour Cruises. Between May and November, whale-watching cruises depart for the ocean outside The Heads to spot humpbacks.

Dotted around the quay are enticing places to eat and drink, including acclaimed restaurants QuayAria Sydney and Bennelong, which is inside one of the Opera House’s white sails. On the rooftop of heritage-listed Customs House on Alfred Street is Cafe Sydney. Nearby is the Gateway food court.

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