Sydney’s transport and scenic heart, Circular Quay is also the city’s birthplace, flanking the waters of Sydney Cove where the First Fleet settlers landed on Australian soil in 1788. The rectangular stretch of water is lined with attractive pedestrian walkways running from the Sydney Opera House, past the Circular Quay ferry terminals, around to the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
The historic laneways, interesting shops, old pubs and stylish restaurants of The Rocks precinct, one of Sydney’s most popular tourist areas, run behind the Museum of Contemporary Art. Circular Quay is one of the major vantage points for Sydney’s famous New Year’s Eve fireworks.
Circular Quay is one of Sydney’s major transport hubs. Sydney’s iconic green and yellow ferries run from Circular Quay to Manly, Balmain, Taronga Zoo and Watsons Bay. A train station overlooks the harbor and ferry terminals, and most of Sydney’s buses terminate outside the station.