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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  1. The Rocks Friday Foodie Market

    Friday 22 February 2019 to Friday 31 May 2019 , The Rocks

    Every Friday the air comes alive with the sights, scents and sounds of street food being served. Fragrant smoke lingers gently in the air, and local produce sizzle to perfection, and sweet treats are lovingly prepared by talented…

    22 Feb - 31 May
  2. Learn to take better photos: The Rocks

    Saturday 23 February 2019 to Saturday 19 November 2022 , The Rocks

    Take your photography to the next level, with a fun and creative hands-on photography learning experience, in the scenic and iconic surrounds of The Rocks and Sydney Harbour. You'll learn all about photo composition, controlling ISO,…

    23 Feb - 19 Nov
  3. Night Photography Class at Vivid

    Saturday 23 February 2019 to Saturday 21 May 2022 , The Rocks

    Learn to use your camera to its full potential, while developing your personal creative style, with Alfonso's Sydney Photography Tours. If you have a DSLR or hybrid camera that allows for manual control of your camera then this is the…

    23 Feb - 21 May