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Circular Quay and The Rocks

Circular Quay and the Rocks – Where Sydney Began

Circular Quay (Photo Hamilton Lund, Destination NSW)

Start your visit  in the area where Captain Arthur Phillip, commanding the First Fleet, landed in 1788 and established the first European colony on the Australian continent

The Rocks is Sydney’s historic centre with shopping, dining, traditional pubs, galleries, entertainment and history to explore.

Dawes Point, The Rocks (Photo Hamilton Lund, Destination NSW)

The Sydney Visitor Centre at The Rocks has information about the whole of Sydney as well as The Rocks. Call in for bookings for accommodation, tours and attractions and free information about what’s on as well as maps and visitor guides. Corner of Argyle and Playfair streets. Open daily 9am to 5.30pm (except Good Friday and Christmas Day)
Sydney Visitor Centre
Argyle Street, The Rocks NSW 2000
Ph 02 8273 0000

Sydney Harbour Bridge
Walk under, over or across this world-famous symbol of Sydney. Picnic at Dawes Point Park under the Southern Pylon and see the Harbour at its busiest. Climb the Southern Pylon from 5 Cumberland Street for a display of the Bridge’s beginnings, history and construction as well as some simply breathtaking views.

Southern Pylon (Photo Pylon Lookout)

There is a good history of the Harbour Bridge at A basic site but with lots of facts and figures.

Walk across the Bridge on the pedestrian walkway and catch a train or ferry back from Milsons Point on the north side of the harbour to Circular Quay.

© Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, photo Anna Kucera

Circular Quay
Walk around Circular Quay from The Rocks. Visit the Museum of Contemporary Art
 Australia’s leading museum dedicated to exhibiting, collecting and interpreting the work of today’s artists.

Call into Cadman’s Cottage Historic Site, built-in 1816 and now the Sydney Harbour National Parks Office. 110 George St The Rocks. Ph 1300 361 967

There is a great model of the Sydney CBD under a glass floor in the foyer of Customs House in Alfred Street. Ph 02 9242 8551

Circular Quay is the hub of Sydney’s transport system and from here you can take a train, bus or ferry to anywhere in Sydney.
Ph 131500

The Overseas Passenger Terminal is where some of the world’s luxury cruise liners berth during their stay in Sydney.

Circular Quay (Photo Hamilton Lund, Destination NSW)

Sydney Opera House
Outside it’s spectacular. Inside it’s fascinating. Guided Tours Office Ph 02 9250 7250. Or just walk around the whole precinct.
History of the Opera House is at
From the Opera House wander around the foreshore of Farm Cove to Sydney’s famous Royal Botanic Gardens a place of great natural beauty. Ph  02 9231 8111

Photo © Adam.J.W.C.

Some of Sydney’s most spectacular views of the Harbour, Bridge and Opera House are from Mrs Macquarie’s Point in the Gardens.
Walk up Art Gallery Road to the Art Gallery of NSW. One of Australia’s finest collections. What’s On-Line Ph 02 9225 1790 Freecall within Australia Ph 1800 679 278

Art Gallery of NSW (Photo

Dawes Point, The Rocks (Photo Hamilton Lund, Destination NSW)
Southern Pylon (Photo Pylon Lookout)
Art Gallery of NSW (Photo
Circular Quay (Photo Hamilton Lund, Destination NSW)
Royal Botanic Gardens (Photo Mark Sherborne, Destination NSW)

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