Circular Quay is the gateway to Sydney and home to the iconic Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Circular Quay is busy little transport hub with Ferries, Trains, Buses, Light Rail and the International Cruise Terminal all servicing the area.
One side of Circular Quay is the oldest historic part of Sydney, The Rocks. Also, where the Russell Hotel is located. With many lane ways and cobbled streets, you will be transported back to 1788 when The Rocks was established. Today the area has many bars, cafes, restaurants, shops and the oldest pub in Sydney, The Fortune of War. The Rocks is also home to the Museum of Contemporary Arts, Sydney Observatory, BridgeClimb and Barangaroo Reserve.
On the other side of Circular Quay is the Royal Botanic Gardens. A heritage listed site with 30 hectares of botanic gardens. It was officially established in 1816 and is an oasis in the city away from the hustle and bustle. A must see is to head to Mrs Macquarie Chair where you will get the photo of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge in the one shot. Next to the Botanic Gardens is The Art Gallery of NSW in The Domain. The gallery opened in 1874 and is one of the largest galleries in Australia. It holds significant collections of Australian, European and Asia art.