Circular Quay, Sydney

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    Circular Quay

    by Gypsystravels Updated Jun 5, 2015

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    Circular Quay is like a transporation hub of sorts. Here is where you can board a ferry to many of the tourist attractions located throughout the city.

    Circular Quay was also the location for the exhibit of the UNICEF Buddy Bears. Thre is always something going on at Circular Quay.

    Buildings facing the harbour
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    Circular Quay

    by antistar Written May 15, 2015

    There are few more historic places in Australia. This is where the First Fleet landed in 1788 to forge Australia's first settlement on Sydney Cove. This is where Australia's first warriors set sail for the shores of Gallipoli. It was this harbour that received those that survived Australia's most famous battle. As remembered in the famous song, "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda":

    "And as our ship pulled into Circular Quay, I looked at the place where me legs used to be.
    And thanked Christ there was nobody waiting for me, to grieve, to mourn, and to pity."

    Today it is more famous for culture and celebrations. It hosts the Sydney Opera House and offers great views across the harbour to Sydney Harbour Bridge. You can't get a better spot to watch the famous New Year's Eve fireworks display than here.

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    The Customs House

    by globetrott Updated Oct 28, 2014

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    One of the bestknown buildings of Circular Quai is the Customs House, a historic Sydney landmark built initially in 1844-1845, the building was used as the headquarters of the Customs Service until 1990. Then it was sold to the City of Sydney Council in 1994 in order to be used for exhibitions and private festivities and since 2003, it has also become the new home of a Library.
    On top of the facade you will find the Coat of arms of the United Kingdom. The coat features the motto of English monarchs, Dieu et mon droit (God and my right), and the motto of the Order of the Garter, Honi soit qui mal y pense (Shamed be he who thinks ill of it) on a representation of the Garter behind the shield.
    I also had a short look inside, BUT it was locked already and I had just a glance through a window: So in my last picture you can see a bit of the great glassfloor with a small-scale model of Sydney underneath !
    ...and there is a great staircase in the library.

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    Bennelong Point

    by globetrott Written Oct 22, 2014

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    Bennelong Point is the tip of the peninsula, where you will find the Sydney Opera House. Bennelong Point is a great place to relax and enjoy the view of the Opera House in a completely new angle, there are cafes and restaurants, souvenirshops and lots of benches.
    When the first fleet of settlers had arrived in Sydney in 1788 right there in the bay next to Bennelong Point they first arrested Arabanoo, a young Aborigine, who was able to speak and understand english quite well within a short time, but he died already in 1789 and they had to search for somebody else.
    The idea behind the arrest was mainly to learn from them how to adapt to the new Continent. After the death of Arabanoo they arrested Bennelong. He soon became an agent between both cultures and he also is considdered having been the creator of the australian Aboriginal-Englisch.

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    Circular Quay

    by globetrott Updated Oct 22, 2014

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    Circular Quay is at the northern end of the city-centre and consists of the streets and buildings around Sydney Cove.The eastern end of Circular Quay is Bennelong Point with the famous Opera House and the western end is Campbells Cove, next to the Harbour Bridge.
    The first fleet of settlers had arrived in Sydney in 1788 at this very bay, that was a great natural port and they started to build their first settlement with the name Sydney there. The bay looks like a Semi-Circle and this is why they called it first Semi-Circular Quay and later just Circular Quay.
    Nowadays it is a great boulevard with lots of cafes, restaurants and shops and it is also an important hub for Trains, ferries, cruises or fishing-trips with small ships to the islands around Sydney and last but not least there is also a large pier for a giant cruiseship, like you can see in the last 2 photos of my extra pictures.

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    The Sydney Cove Map

    by cjg1 Updated Dec 11, 2013

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    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.

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    When at Circular Quay..

    by DennyP Updated Nov 10, 2013

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    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. )...

    SYDNEY..CUSTOMS HOUSE...CIRCULAR QUAY SYDNEY..PLAQUE AT CUSTOMS HOUSE..CIRCULAR QUAY SYDNEY..ARCHIBALD FOUNTAIN ...HYDE PARK .. SYDNEY...THE WAR MEMORIAL IN HYDE PARK SYDNEY...READING ROOM....ENJOY YOUR LOCAL PAPER
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    SOMETHING A BIT DIFFERENT

    by DennyP Updated Nov 10, 2013

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    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..

    A MODEL OF SYDNEY CBD UNDER THE GLASS FLOOR IT'S A BIG MODEL..GREAT TO USE FOR CITY NAVIGATION SYDNEY TRAMCAR.. SYDNEYS CIRCULAR QUAY..MAIN FERRY TERMINAL.. SYDNEY....FERRY GOING INTO THE QUAY..
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    Ferry Terminal

    by grandmaR Written Sep 10, 2012

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    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.

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    Lt. Colonel George Barney

    by cjg1 Updated May 3, 2012

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    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.

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    Temporary Artwork Installations

    by cjg1 Updated Mar 30, 2012

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    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.....

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    Circular Quay

    by cal6060 Written Jul 16, 2011

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    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.

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    Captain Cook Cruise around Sydney Harbour

    by SierraSydney Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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

    View from Watsons Bay
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    Just a good old time !!!!

    by jlanza29 Updated Mar 25, 2011

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    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 !!!!

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    Decked out for Christmas in Circular Quay

    by cjg1 Updated Dec 16, 2010

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    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.

    The tree of Bicycle wheels (November 2010)

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