If you can’t decide what to do with your day, this is the place to come – its waterfront is full of useful sightseeing information, and is serviced by regular transport heading all over the city.
The Central Business District just to the South may be the commercial hub of Sydney, but Circular Quay is in many ways the city’s beating cultural heart. With the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge marking either end of the quay, and so much to do in between, it is little wonder that it has become such a draw for so many of Sydney’s visitors.
Where It All Began
Circular Quay is arguably the spot where modern Australia began. In 1788, the eleven ships which comprised the “First Fleet” landed in this bay at Sydney Cove, where Circular Quay now stands. Commanded by Captain Arthur Phillip, crewed by naval seaman and carrying plants, livestock and over 700 convicts, these ships had set out over eight months previously with the mission of establishing a penal colony in New South Wales. The western shore of the cove became the site of the early settlement, and the focal point from which the city eventually grew.
It seems appropriate that, as Australia’s original port, Circular Quay has retained its position as one of Sydney’s major transport hubs to this day. From here you can catch ferries to Manly Beach, Sydney Olympic Park or Watsons Bay, all of which provide great opportunities to admire the city from a different perspective. Don’t feel like you have to rush off though – there is plenty to do on the quay itself. The area is packed with superb restaurants, lively bars and quirky cafes. If it’s culture you’re after, Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art can be found on George Street, and the City of Sydney Library is located in the nearby heritage-listed Customs House. At the very least, a stroll along the waterfront will provide you with some of the finest views the city has to offer.
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