Circular Quay

At the south side of The Rocks, and the northern end of the Central Business district, sits Circular Quay, the cities main harbour and popular transport hub. The area is lined with upmarket restaurants, quaint pubs and street performers showcasing their best magic tricks. Not only is the Quay a vibrant tourist area, but it’s also shrouded in history as it was here that the first European settlers first stepped foot in 1788.

What to Do

The harbour is primarily used as a gateway to the city and the surrounding inlets. Most buses, trains and boats depart from here making it a popular meeting point. Ferries leave daily and head to the nearby tourist areas including Manly, Taronga Zoo and Watsons Bay. Before departing on an adventure, it’s worth exploring the area on foot to admire the million dollar yachts, giant cruise liners and small boats that line the harbour here.

Nearby Attractions

On the east side of Circular Quay, you’ll find the Sydney Royal Botanical Gardens, the Justice and Police Museum and the Sydney Opera House while to the west you’ve got the neighbourhood of the Rocks, the Museum of Contemporary Art and excellent views over the Sydney Harbour Bridge.