Colourful, cosmopolitan and quintessentially Australian, Circular Quay is a postcard-worthy destination. Just one glance at Sydney Cove and visitors will be impressed by the soaring Harbour Bridge on one side and the elegant sails of the Opera House on the other. It is an iconic selfie backdrop, to say the least.
By day, Circular Quay promenade is a mecca for buskers, street performers and artisans. Soak it all up at one of the many waterfront restaurants spotlighting contemporary cuisine, craft cocktails and sublime harbour views. For an alternative perspective jump aboard one of the city’s famous ferry services, including the scenic sailing to Manly Beach. The Museum of Contemporary Art and the Royal Botanic Garden are always popular attractions, while thrilling jet boat rides are a great way to discover Sydney’s wild side.
As one of Sydney’s most important transport hubs, Circular Quay is well-connected by bus and rail networks. This includes several Sydney Bus stops, as well as Circular Quay Railway Station, a keynote stop on the Sydney Trains City Circle Line. Stroll to the neighbouring Central Business District (CBD), catch a bus to Bondi Beach or take advantage of the five ferry concourses serving destinations across Sydney Harbour and Parramatta River.
Venture to the western side of the quay, and ‘The Rocks’ awaits. While the district is now considered one of the nation’s swankiest neighbourhoods, it played a key role in Australia’s history. Named after its precarious shoreline, it was once home to a shanty town of settlers. Fast forward 200 years later and The Rocks have shunned its rowdy reputation in favour of luxe accommodation, elegant boutiques and a distinctly urban feel. However, it’s history lives on through cobbled laneways, historic architecture and some of the oldest pubs in the country.