CIRCULAR QUAY AND THE ROCKS

WHERE SYDNEY BEGAN

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.

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. www.pylonlookout.com.au

Southern Pylon (Photo Pylon Lookout)

There is a good history of the Harbour Bridge at www.sydneyharbourbridge.info

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.

Art Gallery of NSW (Photo RegionalShowcase.com.au)

Circular Quay
Walk around Circular Quay from The Rocks. Call in to Cadman's Cottage Historic Site, built in 1816 and now the Sydney Harbour National Parks Office.
110 George St The Rocks. Tel: 1300 361 967
www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au

There is a great model of the Sydney CBD under a glass floor in the foyer of Customs House in Alfred Street. Tel: (02) 9242 8551
www.sydneycustomshouse.com.au

Circular Quay is the hub of Sydney's transport system and from here you can take a train, bus or ferry to anywhere in Greater Sydney.
Tel: 131500 www.131500.com.au

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 Tel: (02) 9250 7250. Or just walk around the whole precinct. www.sydneyoperahouse.com
History of the Opera House is at theoperahouseproject.com
From the Opera House wander around the foreshore of Farm Cove to Sydney's famous Royal Botanic Gardens a place of great natural beauty. Tel: (02) 9231 8111 www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au

Royal Botanic Gardens (Photo Mark Sherborne, Destination NSW)

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: (02) 9225 1790 Freecall within Australia 1800 679 278 www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au


Sydney Visitor Centre

The Rocks Corner of Argyle & Playfair Sts.
Open daily: 9.30am - 5.30pm
(Except Good Friday & Christmas Day. Opening hours may vary on some public holidays)
Tel: (02) 8273 0000 www.therocks.com.au

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