Circular Quay, Sydney Cove, Australia
Though not really circular (more of a horseshoe shape
from a bird’s eye view), Circular Quay is the best known
area of departure in all Sydney and even the world. Circular
Quay is situated on the northern side of Sydney, Australia
at an inlet called Sydney Cove.
Formerly a shipping station, Circular Quay is now a
terminal, tourist, and recreation area for locals and
foreigners to enjoy.
Forms of transport found at the Circular Quay:
- Buses – goes through the Cahill Expressway
- Ferries- travels to Manly, Taronga Zoo, Watson Bay & Parramatta
- Trains – above ground so it gives a stunning view of
- Water taxis – will take you to any part of Sydney
- Private cruises – offered by private companies to
any part of Sydney Bay.
Sites along Circular Quay:
Sydney Opera House – A
world-famous theater arts venue that has one of the most
famous architectural structures in the world. You know
you are in Sydney when you see this building. Among its
The Concert Hall – seats
2,679 and houses the famous Sydney Opera House Grand
The Opera Theatre – seats
1,547 and is the venue for Opera Australia and the
Australian Ballet Company
The Drama Theatre – seats
The Playhouse – seats 398
The Studio Theatre – seats
Sydney Harbour Bridge –
Made of steel it connects Sydney’s central business
district with the North Shore. It carries pedestrians,
rail, and private vehicles
Sydney’s Museum of
Contemporary Art – Displays Australian and around the
world works of art from the Modern period.
City of Sydney Library –
Sydney’s largest public library.
Writer’s Walk – Australian
and other writers such as D.H. Lawrence , Mark Twain,
Rudyard Kipling, etc. are honored here with metal
plaques with their names and quotes on Circular Quay’s
Macquarie Place – Venue
for several historical monuments:
- The anchor and canon from
the HMS Sirius (the first fleet ship to arrive in
- The Obelisk
The Circular Quay is also home to many street
entertainers from guitarists, to mimes, to the regular
mate dressed as a very large carrot. A very popular
spectacle is a bicycle balancing act. The entertainer
balances his bike on a pole, while performing juggling
feats. This stunt is a great crowd drawer. Annual special celebrations are also held here such as
the Australia Day and New Year’s Eve fireworks.
Australia Day is celebrated every January 26,
when Australia officially became a British penal colony.