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Getting around this bustling metropolis and tourist paradise, you’re likely to cross paths with Circular Quay at some point during your travels. Located between two of the city’s most unmistakable landmarks, the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, the quay is easy to find, even for first-time visitors.
Located in the inlet dubbed Sydney Cove, Circular Quay is the official landing site of the First Fleet that set sail for Australia from England back in 1787. Even today, it retains a naval theme, with Circular Quay being the best place in Sydney to catch a ferry to many other spectacular locations. Its location also makes it an excellent place to enjoy some spectacular views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House and it is always buzzing with life as visitors and commuters go about their daily business.
Circular Quay is also home to a busy railway station and bus station. The range of transport options on offer, combined with its attractive, central location mean you have plenty of choice when it comes to ways of getting around Sydney’s many great sights. Sydney residents are a welcoming bunch, so if you get lost or stuck somewhere for any reason, there will always be a friendly face willing to help you out.
This wonderful location is more than just a transport hub—Sydney is one of the first places in the world to welcome in the New Year, and the spectacular firework display celebrating this draws some of Sydney’s biggest crowds. Circular Quay is also right next to the recently refurbished Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), a real honeypot for culture seekers and it’s also free to get in!
For lovers of architecture, Customs House is also located in the Circular Quay area. This impressive structure is one of Sydney’s heritage buildings, and houses numerous interesting exhibitions as well as an extensive library. Customs House has a spectacular grand atrium and distinctive Helix staircase, along with striking and contemporary interior decor. Feast your eyes on the giant model of the city displayed in a glass case on the ground floor of the development.
Being adjacent to the harbour, Circular Quay is the perfect place to catch a boat, whether you’re looking for a romantic sunset dinner cruise, or a fun tour of the harbour for all the family, Circular Quay has something to offer.
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all, so why not embark on some new and exciting experiences?
Start off your trip to Circular Quay by trying out some of these activities:
Got a few spare moments? Head to our Circular Quay things to do page for a full list of activities.
Located in Sydney Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Museum of Contemporary Art and Circular Quay. The Rocks Markets and Sydney Observatory are also within 10 minutes. Wynyard Station is 6 minutes by foot and Sydney Circular Quay Station is 7 minutes.
This family-friendly Sydney hotel is located in the historical district, just steps away from Circular Quay and Museum of Contemporary Art. The Rocks Markets and Sydney Opera House are also within 15 minutes. Sydney Circular Quay Station is only a 3-minute walk and Wynyard Station is 7 minutes.
Located in Sydney Central Business District, this hotel is steps away from The Rocks Markets, Circular Quay and Overseas Passenger Terminal. Sydney Harbour Bridge and Australia Square are also within 10 minutes. Sydney Circular Quay Station is 7 minutes by foot and Wynyard Station is 12 minutes.
Located in Sydney Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps away from Museum of Sydney and Circular Quay. Sydney Opera House and Overseas Passenger Terminal are also within 10 minutes. Sydney Circular Quay Station is only a 3-minute walk and Martin Place Station is 9 minutes.
Located in Darling Harbour, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Harbourside and Australian National Maritime Museum. International Convention Centre Sydney and Star Casino are also within 10 minutes. Convention Light Rail Station and Pyrmont Bay Light Rail Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Darling Harbour, this luxury hotel is steps away from Star Casino and Sydney Lyric Theatre. International Convention Centre Sydney and SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium are also within 15 minutes. Star City Light Rail Station and John Street Square Light Rail Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Sydney Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps away from Westfield Shopping Centre, Sydney Tower and Queen Victoria Building. Pitt Street Mall and Sydney Town Hall are also within 5 minutes. Town Hall Station is only a 5-minute walk and St. James Station is 6 minutes.
Located in Sydney Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps away from Circular Quay, Museum of Contemporary Art and The Rocks Markets. Overseas Passenger Terminal and Sydney Observatory are also within 5 minutes. Wynyard Station is 9 minutes by foot and Sydney Circular Quay Station is 5 minutes.