Circular Quay, Sydney, Australia

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Circular Quay Guide: Spend Less, Do More

Welcome to Circular Quay

Circular-Quay-panoramaBuilt around Sydney Cove, Circular Quay is rich in historical importance as the founding site for Australia’s first European settlement. Nowadays however, it’s better known for its incredible views of the city’s waterfront, Harbour Bridge and the Opera House.

Tourist Attractions

Circular Quay is home to the City’s ferry fleet and offers many scenic tours and cruises around the city, from sightseeing tours around Elizabeth point and Cockatoo Island to the Aboriginal cultural cruise. For those more historically minded, Circular Quay still holds buildings preserved from the early years of settlement such as Customs House. The building served as the headquarters of the Customs Service from its construction in 1844 until 1990 and showcases the architecture and furnishings of a bygone era.

Lying between the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, Circular Quay not only boasts the best the best views of both landmarks but also the best location to witness the city’s world famous fireworks displays during Australia Day and New Year’s Eve. The Museum of Contemporary Art is another popular attraction of Circular Quay and nature lovers will be pleased to know that Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens is a short walk away. And finally, no trip to Sydney would be complete without a stroll to Bennelong Point and the world famous Sydney Opera House. 

Dining and Accommodation

In terms of accommodation, the Intercontinental, Sydney Harbour Marriot and Four Seasons 5 star hotels are all located in Circular Quay within walking distance to the wharfs. From French at Selah and Etch, Japanese at Wagamama’s and Chinese at Neptune’s Palace there is a great selection of highly rated cuisine at the Quay. Dining options are further increased as the Rocks with its premier dining locations is a simple 5 minute walk.

Easy Accessibility

Circular Quay is easily accessible due to its short distance to Sydney’s CBD. Of course, the easiest way to reach the Quay is to simply catch a train to Circular Quay station. The many ferries here also provide transport to Manly, Parramatta and Taronga Zoo amongst other destinations with buses supplying services to Bondi and the eastern suburbs. Those planning a boat trip from Circular Quay to Darling Harbour are advised to ready their cameras as the views of Sydney’s waterside when exiting the Quay can be quite stunning.

Getting around by car

Sydney Airport to Circular Quay: 15 min (11.5 km) via M1

Manly to Circular Quay: 39 min (15.0 km) via A8 ( 30 mins by passenger ferry )

Bondi Beach to Circular Quay: 24 min (10.0 km) via Old South Head Rd

Accommodation, driving and car rental

At Cheaperthanhotels and Cheaperthancars we have a wide range of car rental discounts at convenient locations and accommodation to meet all budgets and taste. We really do believe that the less you spend, the more you will have to do when you get there.

Your Cheaperthanhotels Team