Located in Circular Quay by the transport hub is a map of the Sydney Cove. It's often passed by without even a glance from passersby but I always stop to look. I enjoy maps and this one has a layout of the area from the early years of the area.
When at Circular Quay and by the various Ferry terminals .and you have time to see something very interesting .just cross directly across the road from #4 Wharf and you will see the Wonderful old CUSTOMS HOUSE..and it is here one can catch up on all the news from home.look through all the different world cities tabloids to select your daily newspaper from home..here you will find daily newspapers from most of the worlds major cities... There is plenty of room in this large reading area to sit and relax in a large lounge chair and rest your feet while catching up on events at home...The papers are free to read..You can purchase a coffee and relax in this quiet freindly atmosphere. Also you will find a library upstairs that has computers to use..and to get your bearings of the city..check out the glass floor in the foyer with a huge model of the city's CBD ( Commercial Buisiness District. )...
Another thing to do at CUSTOMS HOUSE is.. when you walk into the foyer there is a glass floor and underneath it is a fantastic model of the Sydney CBD..(Commercial Business District) .This is extremely well done and is excellent for a visitor to see where one is and the way to get to another city destination..also it gives one an idea of the distance if you are walking...as I do...Most Sydneysiders don't even know of this place..Here also you can get a coffee and sit and read the daily paper from your city in a quiet surrounding...just great place to sit and relax after maybe long walks in the area... NB:try and take photos without flash to avoid reflections off the glass floor..(if possible use a polarising filter to stop reflection)...There is also a library here upstairs that quite often has photo exhibitions etc..being a libary there are computers to use if needed..and in this lovely old building is the interesting history of the Australian Customs and Immigration Department..
We came down here on the first day to get a ferry to Manly, and when we got off the ferry we saw all kinds of things were happening down here. There was a unicyclist who was getting ready to juggle fire brands.
I even took a photo of one of the plaques on the Writer's Walk - it was the one for Barry Humphries and it said
"I think that I could never spy
A poem lovely as a pie
A banquet in a single course
Blushing with rich tomato Sauce"
I had also heard that this would be a good place to eat. Unfortunately, we were just too tired and went back to the hotel and took a nap. And I never got back here to see all the action.
Right next to Cadman's Cottage is the memorial to Lt. Colonel George Barney. My wife and I first came across this memorial in 2010 and stopped to take a look. George Barney was one of the Royal Engineers that lead the construction of Sydney's harbourside fortifications and government buildings in the mid 1800's.
The memorial was constructed in the late 1970's and is made from stones from Voctoria's Barracks; which Barney helped to construct.
There is always something going on in Circular Quay by the MCA. On our trip to Sydney in Feb/March 2012; there was a temprorary art installation. Larger than life headphones were on display mad completely out of milk cartons. Quite interesting indeed.....
Circular Quay is not only good as a transportation hub for ferries, but it is important location to host many local and international events. The landscape with the overview of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge makes it spectacular to host national and international events like The U.S Oprah Show.
I was lucky enough to see the Vivid Sydney in here. It is a festival to promote light, music and idea of city lighting effects.
Circular Quay has many restaurants, cafes, and shops to serve locals and tourists.
Sydney is a beautiful modern city and I think it looks most beautiful while cruising around the Sydney Harbour. If you're visiting Sydney, a Cruise is a must do. Captain Cook Cruises leave from the wharves at Circular Quay in the city. Look out for the guy dressed up as Captain Cook in 1700's style and thats where you know to get tickets.
You can choose lots of different cruises short and long- morning tea, lunch, dinner, even night time cruises - a night time cruise would be just as beautiful too.
We did a day cruise and sat at the top deck. The food was amazing and so were the views :D
Come here and have lunch or dinner and sit and enjoy the sights and sounds of this bustling port city. Linned with souvenirs stores and various types of eataries this is the place to see Sydney at it's finest. Take a ferry tour or a ferry to Manly Beach this is where the action is !!!!
Our last visit to Sydney in November 2010; we were pleasantly surprised that Circular Quay was decked out for Christmas. Christmas trees, wreaths, garlands and banners decorated parks, street lights, buildings and walkways. In particular I liked the kooky bicycle tree right by the MCA.
There's something about huge ocean liners. The romance, the grandness, the decadence of it all. Superimpose that on top of one of the world's most spectacular harbours and it's all a bit entrancing.
Once there was the odd liner that made its way into Port Jackson but these days there seems to be a proliferation. While I was returning from a walk (see general tips) on the ferry one of them was leaving. I eagerly got my camera out and got some snaps of it going down the harbour. Thus satisfied I returned to the other side of the ferry only to be stunned by the same ship under the harbour bridge.
After my amazement that such a thing was possible I realised that it was, in fact, a sister ship that was leaving within five minutes of the other.
So, out came the camera again and I couldn't believe my luck when I photographed it not only under the bridge but in front of the CBD and the Opera House.
First Fleet Park is a lareg open space between the Museum of Contemporary Art and Circular Quay. There are plenty of benches and lawn area to sit back and people waych.
My wife and I enjoy sitting on a bench to watch the ferries, jetcats and cruise ships sail in and out of Circular Quay.
The Beacon sculpture is right in Circular Quay by the Rocks. The sculpture was created by one of Australia's best sculptors, Robert Klippel. It was given as a gift to the people of Sydney by James Fairfax, in 1992, as a 150 year anniversary gift.
It is an odd sculpture and looked like a giant clock from a distance but after all art is subjective.
Writer's Walk is a series of plaques along the walkway of Circular Quay. Each plaque has a writer's name and general information. I never noticed them before our 2007 visit but Liz was quick to point them out to me. Take a look and see if you recognize any names along the walk...you might just be surprised at who you know....
Campbell's Storehouse were once storehouses belonging to Robert Campbell. The storehouses were constructed between 1839-1861 in order for the merchant to store supplies of tea, alcohol, sugar and fabric. There are eleven storehouses that are remaining that are used as restaurants and shops.