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Circular Quay

Under the gaze of the magnificent Opera House and Harbour Bridge, Sydney’s transport hub is a terminal of unexpected beauty.

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.


Guide to Exploring Circular Quay


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Four Seasons Hotel Sydney AU$220
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

199 George St., Sydney, NSW
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    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.

    Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites AU$97
    Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites

    Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites

    243 Pyrmont Street, Darling Harbour, Pyrmont, NSW
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This apartment building is located in Pyrmont (Darling Harbour), close to International Convention Centre Sydney, Harbourside and Chinese Garden of Friendship. Also nearby are Australian National Maritime Museum and Chinatown Night Market.

      Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour AU$309
      Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour

      Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour

      61 Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Sydney Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps away from Circular Quay, Customs House and Government House. Sydney Opera House and Museum of Sydney are also within 5 minutes. Sydney Circular Quay Station is only a 4-minute walk and Martin Place Station is 11 minutes.

        Rydges Sydney Harbour AU$149
        Rydges Sydney Harbour

        Rydges Sydney Harbour

        55 George Street, The Rocks, NSW
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          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 Sydney Opera House are also within 15 minutes. Sydney Circular Quay Station is 7 minutes by foot and Wynyard Station is 12 minutes.

          Harbour Rocks Hotel Sydney MGallery AU$239
          Harbour Rocks Hotel Sydney MGallery

          Harbour Rocks Hotel Sydney MGallery

          34-52 Harrington Street, The Rocks, NSW
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            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.

            The Sebel Quay West Suites Sydney AU$259
            The Sebel Quay West Suites Sydney

            The Sebel Quay West Suites Sydney

            98 Gloucester Street, The Rocks, NSW
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Sydney Central Business District, this luxury aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Circular Quay and Museum of Contemporary Art. The Rocks Markets and Sydney Observatory are also within 10 minutes. Wynyard Station is 6 minutes by foot and Sydney Circular Quay Station is 6 minutes.

              Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney AU$280
              Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

              Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

              176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, NSW
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                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.

                Park Hyatt Sydney AU$1,100
                Park Hyatt Sydney

                Park Hyatt Sydney

                7 Hickson Road, The Rocks, NSW
                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  This family-friendly The Rocks hotel is located on the boardwalk, steps away from The Rocks Markets, Circular Quay and Overseas Passenger Terminal. Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House are also within 1 mile (2 km). Sydney Circular Quay Station is 9 minutes by foot and Wynyard Station is 14 minutes.