Circular Quay

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Circular Quay
4.5
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Circular Quay is a colorful port where ferries and cruise ships board and depart, and boat watching can be as good a pastime as people watching. While street performers entertain outside, those wanting a more cultural experience can head into the Museum of Contemporary Art where a sculpture garden on the roof is as much a view as the waterways below.
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The area
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Neighbourhood: Central Business District
The Sydney Central Business District is abuzz with energy. Power brokers run to and from high rise buildings and after-work drink places, high-end shoppers tour venues like the QVB, and fine diners frequent the many celebrity chef restaurants. For a dose of culture, walk to the NSW Art Gallery, or visit the Sydney Museum. To escape the hustle and bustle, reconnect with nature at the Sydney Botanical Gardens or picnic lunch at High Park. No matter your interest, be sure to check the full calendar of events hosted by the city, from the Sydney Festival in January to October’s Good Food Month at Hyde Park.
How to get there
  • Circular Quay • 1 min walk
  • Wynyard • 9 min walk
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JnVSydney
Greater Sydney, Australia10,821 contributions
There a lot going on
Sep 2021
You could say this area is Sydneys transport hub, International cruise ships park here, which is totally amazing for the visitors, it is the ferries hub as well as trains, light rail and buses all stop here.

the quay itself has a nice vibe about it, especially on weekends, a more laidback feel, looking out the bridge is to the left and the Opera house is on the right, the perfect setting to upon, Sydneys icons.
Written 21 November 2021
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blackeldo
Kiama, Australia2,046 contributions
NOT SO MUCH A DESTINATION THAN A FOCUS
Nov 2021
Here’s the thing. Few people go to Circular Quay as a final destination. Most pass thru on the way to somewhere else – a ferry trip to one of the numerous beaut locations around Sydney Harbour** or a walk to one one of the many close locations – The Rocks**, The Opera House**, The Museum of Contemporary Arts** , The Botanic Gardens** or one of rhe cafes just to the right along the way to the Opera House** or to the left in Lower George St., The Rocks**. Or even to get on one of the huge ocean liners at the nearby International Cruise Terminal**. You can also jump on heavy rail upstairs, lighrtail (trams) immediately south or buses a bit fiurther south to just about anywhere.

But it’s okay as a final destination. Maybe people watching is yer rhing – you won’t tire of watching joggers, cruisers with their huge bags, business types (it kills me to see the business suite/skirt wirh joggers and the dress shoes in a handheld bag) and myriad tourists (I like playing “guess from where” - “funny” clothing and accents help). There’s never a shortage of buskers. Or you may choose to do a meal/snack in one of the several restaurants beneath the expressway/rail-line section. There’s also plenty of faster-food options in the area, particularly at the inland end of the various ferry quays.

TIPS – not sure of best time of day to call by. I’ve been at many times and there’s always something happening.
- a board at the inland end of most quays tell which wharf, what time to where.
- a relatively unknown zone is the walkway along the Quay side of the elevated Cahill Expressway – this gives a great overview of the Quay and is also a shortcut to the Botanic Gardens to the east and The Rocks to the west. Access via a lift at eastern end of Quay.

How can it be improved? Well I lack a certain amount of imagination but the thing is every-time I pass thru (maybe a dozen times a year which aint bad for a non-Sydney local) there is something new going in. So the authorities are improving it all the time.
Plus something for sure – trendies are always going on about how the Cahill Expressway and the lower rail-line should be put in a tunnel underground. Now my background is economics and on a cost/benefit basis that make zero sense – the better idea would be to cantilever some sort of pedestrian/dining zone out from the existing Cahill walkway, which would give a magic overview or rhe Quay, Bridge and all the other nearby stuff - and would be a destination rather than a focus.
Written 17 November 2021
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Let's Go Sightseeing
Noida, India2,744 contributions
Busy busy
Jan 2021
We took a ferry ride from & to Circular Quay (to & from Manly Wharf). It's a busy area. The ferry ride is a good way to see Sydney from a different perspective. The ferry station has a number of eating joints.
Written 26 October 2021
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Teresa C
Metro Manila, Philippines1,219 contributions
Transport hub
Oct 2021
Busy area with trains, buses, ferries and taxis meeting and transporting passengers to their destinations.
Written 4 October 2021
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Francesco Alibrandi
Sydney, Australia6 contributions
Great experience at the heart of Sydney
Jun 2021 • Solo
Get there by bus or train and catch a boat to any destination.
Is usually busy all the time, you should visit during the day and night because is totally different.
Written 28 June 2021
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margaret l
Elizabeth, Australia319 contributions
busy station
Jun 2021
used this area on a number of occasions. when using the light rail was pleased to see the carriages get cleaned after each journey. There were also staff cleaning touch points such as escalators at the station. Would be helpful if there were hand santizing stations for when people get on and off the light rail as well as the ferries. All modes of transport we used here were fast and efficient and all staff were friendly and helpful
Written 25 June 2021
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jillybrooky
2 contributions
Just sit and watch.
Jun 2021
A place to take in the sights and sounds of Sydney - so busy with the ferries and busses and people. Nice cafes too for a bite.
Written 16 June 2021
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia8,916 contributions
For going from and going to
Apr 2021
Circular Quay was, until fairly recently, a working port in Sydney Harbour; now, it is the destination of international cruise ships. Circular Quay is now used as a dock for Harbour Ferries. It is also hosts a rail station; it is a major transport node. The quay is popular with visitors to Sydney. The New Year's Eve fireworks attract large crowds to Circular Quay, it's also a good venue to view the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge.
Written 9 June 2021
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705annettea
Mareeba, Australia8 contributions
Great walk
Jun 2021
Loved this so much was a lot to see, great arrangements of restaurants. Beautiful places to stop for a drink or a cuppa.
Written 8 June 2021
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Lina
6 contributions
Protest central
Mar 2021
This place should hold a protest : "This is a transport hub. Tourists stay away". Sydneysiders are of course annoyed that their daily commute through here is interrupted by tourists with camera.
Written 27 April 2021
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