Circular Quay

Circular Quay, Sydney NSW, Australia

Circular Quay unites Sydney city with its beautiful harbour acting as a hub of transport and a gateway to some of Sydney's most iconic sites.

As Sydney's main ferry terminal, The Quay connects Sydney city to significant attractions like Sydney Harbour Bridge, The Rocks, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour, Manly, Taronga Zoo and Watsons Bay.

Begin your journey at Circular Quay, creating a centre point, as the walkway runs parallel to the water. Should you go east, you'll eventually make your way to Sydney Opera House. On the walk, take in the beautiful views across the harbour and explore the many open-air restaurants revelling in Sydney's glorious sunshine. Once you reach the Opera House, stop for a unique experience at Bennelong Restaurant and bar, set under one of the famous turrets in the Opera House. After you've satiated your appetite or enjoyed a tipple with a view, make your way back past Circular Quay Station and on to The Rocks. Home to many cafes, restaurants and boutiques, on the weekend the area begins to transform, as artisan market stalls litter the streets. As you wander along, pass by the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and to stop by for a cultural experience. Watch buskers play street side, tucked between alleyways with their stage as thousands of passers-by each day. 

Circular Quay is a hub for accommodation with numerous hotels on offer, showcasing some of the best views of the harbour. Aside from ferries, The Quay is also home to a bus station, which links you to the eastern suburbs and beautiful Bondi Beach. Beyond buses, you'll have access to the underground railway station - City Circle taking you around the Central Business District. Visit the foreshore at any time of the day to experience stunning views, or take a wander down and under the Sydney Harbour Bridge that will lead you to Walsh Bay. Along the waterfront, get amongst the alfresco dining set up of Circular Quay, which unites both locals and tourists alike.

To truly get your bearings, choose from one of the many scenic tours departing from Circular Quay. Depending on your adventure style, take a lunch or dinner cruise to make the most of the sparkling waterfront, or on land enjoy one of the many guided walks. Aboriginal-led Tribal Warrior Harbour Cruises are also available to learn about the rich history of the area, or if you're visiting over winter from May to November, jump on board a whale-watching cruise.

After a day of exploring it's time to indulge in waterfront dining at one of Circular Quay's remarkable restaurants. Start with Aria Sydney or Quay, which nearly any local will direct you to. As night falls, watch the city lights along the harbour twinkle.

Experience Circular Quay's buzzing atmosphere; acting as a vibrant hub of waterfront dining, stunning views, iconic destinations and transport options. Start your journey at Circular Quay or choose to stay the night in one of the many accommodation options to see for yourself why it is a gateway to some of Sydney's best experiences.

Circular Quay, Sydney NSW, Australia