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Circular Quay

Flanked by the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, Sydney’s transportation hub is one of the prettiest terminals in the world.

Circular Quay is situated in the small inlet of Sydney Cove, the official landing site of the First Fleet. Scottish political reformer Thomas Muir once had a cottage here, and for decades it was the city’s main shipping port. Today, it’s best known as the place to catch one of Sydney's iconic ferries, which travel all over the harbor. It’s also a great spot to take in incredible views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House.

Circular Quay is Sydney’s outdoor answer to New York City’s bustling Grand Central Station. As well as the ferry terminal, it has one of Sydney's busiest train stations and a bus interchange. The central location and views of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge ensure that this hub is always buzzing with commuters and tourists. It’s also a focal point on New Year’s Eve, when crowds pack the area to watch the annual fireworks display.

The area is home to Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) and the Customs House. Art buffs will love the MCA, which underwent a major refurbishment in 2012. It’s open daily and entry is free; some touring exhibitions may attract a fee.

At the Customs House and explore the library and exhibitions, or relax with a coffee. Don’t miss the grand atrium and staircase, and the impressive scale model of Sydney, displayed under the glass floor on the ground level. Keep an eye out for the ghost of convict David O’Connor, who was hanged on the site in 1790. Rumor has it, he walks the halls of the building offering rum to unsuspecting visitors!

Harbor cruises operate regularly out of Circular Quay’s cruise terminal. For something romantic, book a sunset dinner cruise from jetty number 6. One of the most inexpensive ways to see the harbor is to catch the Manly Ferry, an unforgettable 60-minute round trip.

Located just north of downtown on Sydney Cove, Circular Quay is best accessed via public transport or on foot.

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.


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Four Seasons Hotel Sydney ¥17,904
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 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.

    Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney ¥19,025
    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.

      Rydges Sydney Harbour ¥9,784
      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 from The Rocks Markets, Circular Quay, and Overseas Passenger Terminal. Sydney Harbour Bridge and Australia Square are also within 10 minutes. Sydney Circular Quay Station is 7 minutes by foot and Wynyard Station is 12 minutes.

        Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney ¥15,328
        Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney

        Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney

        27 O'Connell Street, Sydney, NSW
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Sydney Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Pitt Street Mall and Circular Quay. The Domain and Royal Botanic Gardens are also within 15 minutes. Wynyard Station is 5 minutes by foot and Martin Place Station is 5 minutes.

          Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour ¥20,995
          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 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.

            Park Hyatt Sydney ¥43,824
            Park Hyatt Sydney

            Park Hyatt Sydney

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

              This family-friendly Sydney hotel is located on the boardwalk, steps from The Rocks Markets, Circular Quay, and Overseas Passenger Terminal. Sydney Harbour Bridge and Australia Square are also within 15 minutes. Sydney Circular Quay Station is 9 minutes by foot and Wynyard Station is 14 minutes.

              Hilton Sydney
              Hilton Sydney

              Hilton Sydney

              488 George Street, Sydney, NSW
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Sydney Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps from Queen Victoria Building, The Galeries, and Sydney Town Hall. Westfield Shopping Centre and Strand Arcade are also within 5 minutes. Town Hall Station is only a 2-minute walk and St. James Station is 8 minutes.

                Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites ¥7,012
                Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites

                Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites

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

                  Located in Darling Harbour, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Harbourside, Australian National Maritime Museum, and Star Casino. International Convention Centre Sydney and Chinese Garden of Friendship are also within 10 minutes. Convention Light Rail Station and Exhibition Light Rail Station are within a 5-minute walk.