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Circular Quay is the focal point of Sydney. The first European settlement in Australia grew up around the Tank Stream which now flows underground into the harbor.

The Quay was the center of the shipping industry in Sydney for many years. Today it hosts the Overseas Passenger Terminal, as well as ferry wharves, bus stations and a large railway station.

There are numerous spots to eat along the Quay. A visitor may grab a snack to go, or sit outdoors at one of the restaurants along the wharves and harbor. Early morning at the Quay will delight visitors with the magic of mist rising off the water and the way the sun catches the tiles of the Sydney Opera House

Nights at Circular Quay have an enchantment all their own. The Sydney Harbour Bridge is magnificent night or day, night brings a festive feel as lights play off the water's reflection of this imposing structure. Circular Quay is well lit and patrolled. Visitors can feel safe strolling along the harbor enjoying the sights and sounds of Sydney at night.

Many of the Sydney day tours and harbor cruises leave from the Quay. Trips to many areas such as Darling Harbor, Manly, Watson's bay or the Taronga Park Zoo start from the Quay. Ferries to many of the suburbs around Sydney can be caught here. It is a relaxing and spectacular way to see the harbor.

The Sydney Opera House can be reached by following the southern walk way from the Quay. Travelers continuing along the walk, past the Opera House, will find themselves in The Royal Botanical Gardens, one of the loveliest gardens in the country.

Visitors can reach the Sydney Opera House within five minutes from the heart of the Quay. On weekends street performers can be found along the walk and free music is to be enjoyed as well on the prow of the Opera House.

Taking the northern walk way will lead one to The Rocks, the oldest section of Sydney. The Sydney Harbor Bridge can be reached easily from this section of the city.

The Quay is a pleasant combination of transportation, tourism and plain relaxation. Visitors will enjoy the happy bustle as they explore the many faces of this hub of activity.