Circular Quay, Sydney

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    The Beacon by Robert Klippel

    by cjg1 Updated Mar 31, 2010

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    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.

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    Writers Walk

    by cjg1 Updated Mar 29, 2010

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    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....

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    Campbell's Storehouses

    by cjg1 Updated Mar 29, 2010

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    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.

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    Digital Origami Tigers

    by cjg1 Updated Mar 29, 2010

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    The Digital Oragami Tigers were one of the many exhibits set up especially for the Chinese New year Celebration. These sculptures were in front of the Customs House in Circular Quay. They were bright orange in color and very large. They were a big attention draw due to the size and positioning in such a busy locale.

    Liz and I found them funny since one Tiger had a blue ball as if he was playing with the other Tiger.

    Tiger playing Ball (2010)

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    Circular Quay, Opera House , Royal Botanic Gardens

    by Henk.Irene Updated Nov 12, 2009

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    After a good night's sleep and breakfast with Richard and Maureen (our host and hostess these days), at 10.00 o'clock with the bus to the center. It was a beautiful and sunny day and around 11:00 o'clock we step out near the Town Hall. After a nice walk through the shopping centre The Strand and Pitt Street, we arrived on the Circular Quay. It was there pleasant busy with Aboriginal people who played a didgeridoo (very touristy). From this point you have a beautiful view of the Harbor Bridge and Opera House. On one of the nice terraces we take a cappuccino and enjoyed the Sydney skyline. Then along the Sydney Cove to the Opera House. Here a better view of the Harbor Bridge and on the other side a beautiful view of Sydney Harbor. Along the Farm Cove to the Royal Botanic Gardens. Although it was now autumn, the botanical garden gives us a good impression of Australian native trees and plants. For us Dutch a totally different nature. Via the Gouvernment House back to the center. There the large shopping centre Queen Victoria Building visited. Then final an iced coffee on a terrace and back to Richard and Maureen. It was a lovely day today that ended with a nice dinner and entertainment at The Canterbury Club.

    See for a visual impresion of this day my video Around Circular Quay, Opera House and The Royal Botanic Gardens.

    Tiny and Irene in front of the Harbor Bridge Tiny and Irene, cappuccino time. Tiny and Irene in front of the Opera Hous Tiny, Hans, Irene and Henk by the Canterburry Club Irene, Henk and Tiny on iced coffee
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    A busy port.

    by lou31 Written Oct 19, 2009

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    Circular Quay is a bustling port for the harbour ferries. There are 5 wharves and it is from here that you depart to explore the Sydney Harbour. You can buy your ferry tickets at various booths. We bought day passes for about $37. This gave us a full day of ferry travel as well as free access on trains and buses. A great bargain!
    Also in this busy area are many bars and cafes and the place is popular with buskers and street entertainers. It is also a short walk to both the Sydney Opera House and the Rocks.
    It was originally called Semi 'Circular Quay' but shorted for convenience.
    Close by is a major city railway station.

    Looking down on Circular Quay from the Opera House
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    Enjoying the Transportation Hub

    by LadyRVG Updated Oct 6, 2009

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    Circular Quay is where people in Sydney come to leave ...since it is a mjor transportation hub. On one side ferries, buses and trains are al located. We found ourselves here everyday during our Sydney stay to either catch a ferry to Toronga, Watsons Bay, Manly or just ride the ferry for pure enjoyment. The buses run frequently and to various locations such as Bondi Beach and Watsons Bay. The train was also a convienent way to get us back to Potts Point when we were too tire to walk.

    The other side of Circular Quay is a nice walk to the Opera House, The Rocks, Harbour Bridge and the Botanical Gardens. Chris and I found the walkways a good way to explore some of the Sydney sights.

    One of the many transport vessels
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    Boating in the Harbour

    by Kathster Written Jun 14, 2009

    Boating in the harbour is a must do in Sydney, especially on a beautiful day. There are many routes you can go, towards parramatta river (the river does get brown though the further you go away from the harbour), towards Manly beach is a favourite, or to Watsons Bay for a great seafood lunch. Either way take a bottle of champagne, hire a boat (with a driver) or hope onto a pre-managed cruise, and enjoy!

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    The hub of Sydney harbour

    by clueless83 Written Apr 20, 2009

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    No trip to Sydney would be complete without a stroll around Circular Quay, home to restaurants, bars, shops and of course the iconic bridge and opera house. Its worth visiting both at night and during the day.

    One day we went down there and saw aboriginees entertaining the crowds with didgeridoos, just before we caught the ferry to Taronga Zoo. We also went down there at night to walk across the bridge and even at sunrise to take photographs of the opera house!

    Entertaining the crowds at Circular Quay Circular Quay lit up at night
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    The central point of Sydney

    by muratkorman Written Apr 3, 2009

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    All train routes connect in Circular Quay which makes it the central point of Sydney. If you take a walk from Circular Quay, you can visit Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Botanic Gardens and the Rocks. The ferry terminals can take you to many destinations in Sydney. Many cafes, restaurants and shops are located in this area. You can spend a full day in Circular Quay to visit attractions listed above.

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    A busk in time

    by iandsmith Written Feb 10, 2009

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    So, you've lobbed up to Circular Quay and you're waiting for the ferry. How to occupy your time? Well, let that not be a problem as there's buskers aplenty and lots of variety to amuse even the dullest pallette.
    As usual there are the statues (pictured) but there are plenty of the more active ones who put on a ten minute show and, believe me, you have to be good to survive down here with all the competition.

    A princess being crowned
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    FERRY TO MILSONS POINT WHARF

    by DennyP Updated Nov 7, 2008

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    Catch a ferry across to Milsons Point..from Circular Quay....good city panoramic photos from here looking across to the Opera House and the city...walk around under the bridge and local area of Milsons point for photo opportunities of the Opera House especially at night.....(see my photo) .Also the "Red Explorer Bus stops at Milsons Point.Ferries depart regularly ..
    The Milsons Point ferry wharf is also Luna Park..

    TAKEN FROM JEFFREY STREET  FERRY WHARF A NIGHT PHOTO FROM MILSONS POINT FERRY WHARF SYDNEY...CATCH A FERRY.. TO MANY DESTINATIONS.. SYDNEY...THE QUAY..THE MAIN FERRY TERMINAL FERRY AT MILSONS POINT WHARF
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    Harbor Bridge, Opera House, Ferrie, etc

    by kelyeah Updated Apr 9, 2008

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    Circular Quay is one of those places you have to go to if you are in Sydney. In Circular Quay you will find the Sydney Opera House, Ferries, Cafes, Train Station, Ice Bar, Oyster Bar, Shops, Buskers and a great view of the Harbor Bridge.
    From there you can easily catch a ferry to Darling Harbor, Taronga Zoo, Luna Park or a bunch of other places.
    There is quite a bit to explore here and if you are planning to have a good at everything I'd take a about a day to get around it.

    Circular Quay - Harbor Bridge Circular Quay - Busker Circular Quay - Opera House Circular Quay - From the Opera House
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    Circular Quay

    by Gypsystravels Updated Dec 16, 2007

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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 Openseas Updated Oct 8, 2007

    Circular Quay is the hub of Sydney Harbour, situated at Sydney Cove. All ferries/ trains/ buses depart to various suburbs from Circular Quay.

    Circular Quay also houses some wonderful restaurants, cafes and hotels. This makes walking along the promenade rather fascinating, as you also have the Rocks next door and the Opera House.

    If visiting Sydney, one has to take a ferry ride across our beautiful harbour and see all our wonderul attractions.

    Ferries to the Zoo, Manly, Balmoral, Balmain all leave from Circular Quay.

    Circular Quay
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