Circular Quay

"Circular Quay - The Hub of Sydney and the gateway to Sydney suburbs by water!

I love this place! There is always something going on. It's bustling full of life and of course the views are stunning. It's one of the best places to experience un-interrupted views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House.

It's located on the northern end of the CBD (Central Business District) and technically speaking, it's on the edge of Sydney Cove.

Some Facts And History About Circular Quay

Did you know that Sydney Cove where Circular Quay is located, was where the first white settlers first touched down in Australia?

It is the focal point for many of the cities celebrations - most notably the New Years Eve Fireworks display.

It used to be a vibrant shipping area in colonial times

It is now home to museums, chic restaurants and of course the Sydney Australia Opera House.

What To See And Do In Circular Quay

  • The Best thing to do is take a wander around and see the street Entertainers There is usually a group on didgeredoos
  • Of Course you have to visit the Sydney Australia Opera House
  • Enjoy a drink in one of the cafes or restaurants along the approach to the Opera House. These are all very pricey though given its touristville here. The Opera Bar however, located underneath the Opera House offers stunning views of the bridge and the Quay itself. Both locals and tourists come here and the prices are a bit better. I'd go here, maybe even treat yourself to a bottle of sparkling wine, soak up the atmosphere and admire the views
  • Take a walk over to the Domain which is a nice park that sits behind the Opera House.
  • Or Take a walk in the opposite direction passed the overseas passenger terminal, which is where the big cruise ships moor during the summer (a sight in its own right) and head to the Rocks - a charming and old part of the city with souvenir shops, a market on weekends and some great old colonial architecture.
  • Take in some culture at the The Museum of Contemporary Art which is the big art deco building which you'll pass if you walk towards the rocks.
  • Or go behind the quay (out to the road where you'll see a McDonalds) and find Customs House. There are some interesting exhibitions here as well as a library. My favourite thing about this building is the restaurant -Cafe Sydney is one of the best in Sydney and offers fantastic views over the harbour
  • Take a Ferry to some of the best suburbs in Sydney - Watsons Bay, Balmain, Taronga Zoo, Manly to name but a few. Or simply take the ferry to Darling Harbour and back again - it's a great way to see the Opera House and Bridge.
  • Get wet on the Jet Speed Boat and get whisked around the harbour - actually this one made me feel a bit sick! but good for those of you with a sense of adventure. Yes you do get VERY wet!

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