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Circular Quay

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Central Business District
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Address: George Street, The Rocks Nsw 2000 | First Fleet Park, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

Circular Quay is a colorful port where ferries and cruise ships board and...

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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Great place to view Harbour Bridge and Opera House

Great place to chill and eat. This is where you can get a transport going to Manly, Taronga zoo etc. The place is also bear the Rocks where you can shop, drink etc.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great place to chill and eat. This is where you can get a transport going to Manly, Taronga zoo etc. The place is also bear the Rocks where you can shop, drink etc.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Our cruise ship left from this area and the views were fantastic, everyone needs to visit this area when visiting Sydney

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Our cruise ship docked at circular quay, and we took advantage of having lunch at east bank cafe & bar , it was very good value with $17 dollar lunch specials , we ate , then strolled down the quay towards the Sydney opera house for amazing photos of the harbour bridge, opera house & of course our cruise ship!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were in Sydney to catch a cruise ship to New Zealand a few days ago , we had flown from Melbourne and got the train from Sydney Airport to Circular Quay and the cruise terminal is right there in front of you , great , very handy. It is such a terrific place to walk around, the harbour is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We enjoyed walking around this area and taking the ferry to several stops around the harbor. The ferries ran on time and were a wonderful to see the area near Circular Quay.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I love just wondering and people watching at Circular Quay. The shops are aimed at tourists but sitting on a patch of grass with a coffee can be so amusing!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Circular Quay is a harbor area where many ferries berth, plus a main transportation hub for trains and buses. The Rock stroll, bars, dining, great views. One of the cruise ship terminals is here. The Museum of Contemporary Art and the Rocks Discovery Museum are in the area. Good views of the bridge and Opera House. Don't bring a car.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Circular quay is a must for visiting as it is close by to the Opera house, harbour bridge, rocks area, cruise terminal, train station, botanical gardens and ferry services. It is a great place to walk around although not much sun protection for amazing Sydney views.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We checked out from Meriton Serviced Apartments at Pitt street and walked to the underground “Town Hall” Railway Station and purchased “Opel” tickets to “Circular Quay”. We had to go down by escalator two stories down as the train on that line arrived there. Circular Quay was two stations next. The scenery from the station was breathtaking as the railway... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

There's a hub of activity here with the ferry terminals, trains, views of opera house and bridge. The Museum of Contemporary Art is here, as well as Cadman's Cottage (oldest residential building in Sydney). Restaurants, buskers and a good place to watch everyone go by.

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