11 Things to do in Circular Quay for Couples

There are lots of things to do in Sydney for couples, and you don’t even have to leave Circular Quay to experience start of them. Get started with these 11 activities which will help put the spark in your Circular Quay stay.

Catch a Performance at the Sydney Opera House

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With over 40 shows a week at this iconic venue, you’re sure to find a show that will excite you and your partner, whether that’s classical music, contemporary music, ballet, dance or comedy.

Picnic in the Royal Botanic Garden

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After a leisurely wander around the rose garden – one of the Royal Botanic Garden’s themed gardens – spread a blanket out on the grass and have lunch while you soak up fantastic views of Sydney Harbour and Circular Quay.

Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge

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There’s a reason Bridgeclimb remains one of Sydney’s most popular activities. See 360-degree views of Sydney from the top of the bridge. To really set the mood for a little extra romantic atmosphere, climb at dawn, dusk or at night.

Take a Sydney Harbour dinner cruise

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Companies like Captain Cook Cruises (pictured) have dinner cruises with meals on the deck, harbour views and a wide variety of menu options. Ideal if you want to do something a little different for date night.

See the Sights with Joey’s Walkabout

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Find out about the religious history of Sydney and visit its seven Gothic cathedrals, or investigate the city’s colonial maritime history. Joey’s Walkabout even lets you tailor your own walking tour.

Shop at the Rocks Markets

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Original artworks, jewellery, unique crafts and fine food: it’s all here in these colourful markets that takes place in the cobblestone laneways of The Rocks each weekend.

Visit some harbourside bars

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Circular Quay is surrounded by classy establishments like Quay Bar (pictured), perfect for a romantic cocktail. Some Circular Quay bars, such as Hacienda, have a lovely view of Sydney Harbour as the backdrop too.

Drop into the Museum of Contemporary Art

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It’s Australia’s leading museum of modern art – and entry is free! From paintings to sculptures, special events to regular exhibits, there’s a vast selection of art in the former Maritime Services building plus a café with harbour views as well.

Step inside the Sydney Observatory

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Apart from some of the finest views of the city, the Observatory also boasts a fascinating collection of telescopes and historical artefacts, a Planetarium and a star-spotting night tour.

Wander First Fleet Park

Royal Botanic Gardens

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When you need a brief, close and convenient escape from the city, First Fleet Park is a small spot with jacaranda trees and brightly coloured flower beds. This relaxed little park is also a semi-regular spot for events like the Children’s Festival.

Catch a Ferry to Somewhere Special

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Circular Quay is the city’s main ferry port so from here you’ve got the whole city to travel to! For starters, catch a ferry to Darling Harbour, Taronga Zoo, Luna Park or Shark Island. As you can see, there are lots of things to do for couples throughout Sydney, not just in Circular Quay.

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