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Circular Quay showing street scenes, a city and a sunset

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.

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Shangri-La Sydney
Shangri-La Sydney
5 out of 5
176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, NSW
The price is AU$240 per night from 5 Aug. to 5 Aug.
Located in Sydney Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Circular Quay and Museum of Contemporary Art. The Rocks Markets and ...
4.4/5Excellent! (2,250 reviews)
"Great and comfortable place to stay in the middle of Sydney CBD. My wife and I will be back again."

Reviewed on 29 Jul. 2021

Shangri-La Sydney
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
5 out of 5
199 George St., Sydney, NSW
The price is AU$325 per night from 31 Aug. to 31 Aug.
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 ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (2,024 reviews)
"My partner and I loved everything about our stay!! Breakfast is expensive however it is a MUST!"

Reviewed on 28 Jun. 2021

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The Fullerton Hotel Sydney
The Fullerton Hotel Sydney
5 out of 5
1 Martin Place, Sydney, NSW
The price is AU$345 per night from 29 Aug. to 29 Aug.
Located in Sydney Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Pitt Street Mall and Sydney Tower. SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and Art ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (503 reviews)
"Always enjoy our stay at the Fullerton"

Reviewed on 20 Jun. 2021

The Fullerton Hotel Sydney
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Rydges Sydney Harbour
Rydges Sydney Harbour
4 out of 5
55 George Street, The Rocks, NSW
The price is AU$175 per night from 11 Aug. to 11 Aug.
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Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
5 out of 5
199 George St., Sydney, NSW
The price is AU$325 per night from 31 Aug. to 31 Aug.
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Shangri-La Sydney
Shangri-La Sydney
5 out of 5
176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, NSW
The price is AU$240 per night from 5 Aug. to 5 Aug.
Shangri-La Sydney
The Fullerton Hotel Sydney
The Fullerton Hotel Sydney
5 out of 5
1 Martin Place, Sydney, NSW
The price is AU$345 per night from 29 Aug. to 29 Aug.
The Fullerton Hotel Sydney
Hyatt Regency Sydney
Hyatt Regency Sydney
5 out of 5
161 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW
The price is AU$229 per night from 8 Aug. to 8 Aug.
Hyatt Regency Sydney
Sir Stamford At Circular Quay
Sir Stamford At Circular Quay
5 out of 5
93 Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW
The price is AU$269 per night from 5 Aug. to 5 Aug.
Sir Stamford At Circular Quay
Park Hyatt Sydney
Park Hyatt Sydney
5 out of 5
7 Hickson Road, The Rocks, NSW
The price is AU$880 per night from 2 Sep. to 2 Sep.
Park Hyatt Sydney
Pier One Sydney Harbour, Marriott Autograph Collection
Pier One Sydney Harbour, Marriott Autograph Collection
5 out of 5
11 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay, Dawes Point, NSW
The price is AU$289 per night from 6 Aug. to 6 Aug.
Pier One Sydney Harbour, Marriott Autograph Collection
Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour
Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour
5 out of 5
61 Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW
The price is AU$379 per night from 8 Aug. to 8 Aug.
Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour
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