Circular Quay Sydney

There is no doubt that Sydney has one of the greatest harbours in the world. It is a majestic body of water which represents the very soul of the city and no trip to Sydney is complete without enjoying an outing on the harbour.

There is a lot of choice when it comes to experiencing the harbour. The most common way to experience the harbour is aboard a Sydney Ferry. These yellow and green vessels ply the harbour to many wharves. Some take you under the Sydney Harbour Bridge, which is a great experience in itself, particularly as from below you can really appreciate the immense size of this amazing structure.

All ferries pass Sydney’s iconic Opera House, but for the best view take a Manly ferry, or any ferry which crosses the harbour to Neutral Bay, Mosman or Athol Wharf, where you alight for Taronga Park Zoo.

Rivercats take you up the harbour as far as Parramatta, and there are ferries which visit Watsons Bay, from where you can enjoy the best views of the harbour.

There are Captain Cook Cruises, water taxis, yachts and even the world’s greatest passenger ships which dock at Circular Quay, right at the heart of the city.

Circular Quay is a magnificent place to visit to experience the pulse of this great city.

As well as the ferry terminals, the Quay has a train station from where you can quickly be whisked underground to other parts of the city. It has good bus services, but, best of all, from the Quay most of Sydney’s most memorable places are a short, easy stroll away.

Close by is the Opera House, and if you follow the road a little further you find yourself in the Sydney Botanic Gardens, which are beautiful and serene at any time of the year.

Walk the other way, towards the Harbour Bridge, and you pass Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art and the Overseas Cruise Passenger Terminal. Walk up to George St and you are in The Rocks, site of the oldest European settlement in Australia, and an era in which many historic buildings have been preserved. The Rocks is no museum piece, though, as it teems with restaurants, pubs, markets and entertainment.

Many of Sydney’s original buildings were built from Hawkesbury sandstone, and there are still many magnificent examples of these buildings at or near the Quay. There are buskers and performers entertaining the passing crowds, and quiet places where you can just sit and enjoy the extraordinary views and the vibe of this great city.

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