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Sydney’s Circular Quay Guide

Sydney is one of the most spectacular harbour cities in the world. Sitting on the edge of Port Jackson, one of the largest harbours in the world Circular Quay is the centre piece of a beautiful city.

Most trips to Sydney start in it’s beautiful waterfront precincts. Circular Quay and Darling Harbour have competed for attention for visiting travellers. Circular Quay has spectacular views of the the iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge while Darling Harbour charms with beautiful cafes, restaurants and atmosphere. As a local I often find it hard to recommend a first out of the two but I do tend to lend towards Circular Quay during the day.

A trip here starts with the ever busy Quay itself. Serving as a transportation hub of the city several ferry docks extend in front of Circular Quay train station.  It has one of the best views of any train station in the world. During the day thousands make their way through here to take the train around the city circle or to catch a ferry to Manly or Parramatta. The Quay also sits close to the main thoroughfares of Sydney, connecting to George Street and Pitt Street.

What to see?

Honestly, it’s hard to set out a itinerary for Circular Quay. This is because once you get there you’re immediately distracted by the beautiful view and it’s hard to stay on track. From the Quay where the ferries dock you’ll see the Harbour Bridge to you left, sometimes obscured by a giant cruise ship. To the right you’ll see the iconic Sydney Opera House. If anything I would recommend a walk to the Harbour Bridge side first. Taking your past the historic Rocks precinct, beautiful restaurants and hotels. As you reach the bridge you’ll might be lucky enough to see a couple taking wedding photo’s with the famous Opera House in the backdrop.

Once you have reached the bridge it’s very tempting to keep going and see more, but today’s tour is Circular Quay. Turning back I would highly recommend stopping by the Museum of Contemporary Art. It has a perfectly placed cafe over looking the Quay. This is a great place to get a cup of coffee.

Back on the footpath you can stroll around to the Opera House taking in the street performers on the way. People watch on your way around as Circular Quay attracts travellers from the whole world over. Take a moment to get that perfect picture in front of the Opera House. The grand steps give you an amazing view of the architectural master piece.

The best view in town

Any trip to Circular Quay wouldn’t be complete without stopping by the Opera House Bar right next door. This is a favourite for travellers and locals alike. The view takes in the entire harbour in all its beauty. I highly recommend sitting down for a coffee or a drink and watching the sunset from this romantic spot.

What to do?

Circular Quay is full of amazing things to do. Just walking the edge of the Quay is beautiful enough but here a some recommendations that I do as a local:

– Stop by the Opera House and take in an Opera

– Grab a drink at the Opera Bar

– Pick up a souvenir at the Rocks Markets

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