Nestled in Sydney Cove, Circular Quay is the stepping-off point for most of the attractions based around the harbour. There is constant movement along the quay area with commuters, tourists and buskers to amuse.
There is constant action with ferries leaving to different parts of the harbour such as Manly, Watson’s Bay, Mosman, Darling Harbour and the Zoo. The views from around the quay are awe inspiring, even for people who pass through every day for work.
Walking along the southern side you’ll find the Sydney Opera House and Royal Botanical Gardens; while on the northern side, the Harbour Bridge will fill the entire picture, plus The Rocks, the oldest, most attractive and interesting parts of Sydney to explore.
Sydney Harbour Bridge
For obvious reasons it was once nicknamed ‘the Coathanger’, now simply called ‘the Bridge’.
After years of delay the construction of the bridge began in 1923, formally opening on the 19th March, 1932 and is 503m long! Thankfully in 1992 the Harbour Tunnel opened and eased the peak hour traffic!
Sydney Opera House
Along with the Harbour Bridge, these 2 structures are Australia's most recognisable icon and are on par with San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, London’s Tower Bridge and The Eiffel Tower.
Some say it looks like sails in full flight but the architect's inspiration was from the segments of a mandarin believe it or not!
It was built between 1959 and 1973, but was delayed due to construction and political difficulties due to the resignation of architect Jorn Utzon in 1966. The interior was designed by a mixture of Australians after Utzon quit.
The Opera House is the place for theatre, classical music performances, ballet and film. There is also a venue called The Studio, which stages contemporary art events.
Located at the Overseas Passenger Terminal, with breath taking views across Circular Quay to the Opera House, the split level floor allows all diners to marvel at the outlook.
The interiors are a palette of brilliant white and pale grey, with a glimpse of the engine room, the kitchen, providing an additional buzz to the overall sophisticated atmosphere.
The chef has created an inspiring menu, with a combination of Australian and French, he focuses on quality seasonal produce where daily specials are also a feature. The menu that stands is mouth watering… an entrée of cauliflower pannacotta with seared wild scallops and sherry liquor, or for a main, roast barramundi with beetroot, oxtail and horseradish cream. For the vegetarians there are some delicious choices… caramelized pumpkin risotto with candied seeds and rosemary ice cream!! Ane once the main is over, you have to indulge in dessert… it would be rude not too! Terrine of chocolate and hazelnut with caramelised banana, or, steamed quince pudding with chestnut cream and vanilla ice cream… shall I mention more?
The restaurant sits in the middle level, Cruise Bar below, Posh Lounge up top. In 2003 the Bar was awarded Bar of the Year and is a cool spot to watch the city lights sparkly whilst enjoying a cocktail or two. And in 2003, Posh Lounge was awarded the Sexiest Designed Bar! From Sunday to Thursday the Lounge is so popular it’s booked for private functions but open late to party goers on Friday and Saturday nights.
Oz Jet Boating
Oz Jet Boating operates the largest and most powerful tourist jet boats in Australia; with 700 horsepower output the boats travel at 45 knots, that’s about 80km/h!! At that speed you’ll certainly get the wind in your hair and get that adrenaline pumping!
You’ll experience massive sideways slides (like a rally car driver), crazy 270° spins and the infamous "Powerbrake Stop" in which the jet boat comes to a complete stop within two boat lengths!
The Thrill Ride is the most popular jet boating adventure, operating every hour every day. Zooming by the Opera House, Fort Denison, Rose Bay, Goat Island, Taronga Zoo and of course the Bridge you’ll endure many all the flashy manoeuvrers this jet boat has got to offer.
Located on the lower concourse of the Sydney Opera House, the Opera Bar offers un-interrupted views of the wonders of the city skyline. The choices are as endless as the views – drink or dine, inside or out, day or night!! Bring it on!
Whether you come to enjoy a cool drink on the sun drenched terrace, listen to the best in live music or enjoy a delicious meal under the stars, Opera Bar will not disappoint! With a creative mix of live jazz, funk, soul and pure grooves 7 days a week, Opera Bar has earned it's reputation as one of Sydney's leading live music venues.
From swinging jazz on a Sunday by Giant Steps, to adventurous jazz groove early in the week to dirty funk and beyond as the weekend draws near. All artists are “handpicked” for their dedication where the message is 'good groove and good times' with the atmosphere all the way to the water's edge.
Giant Steps – our very own Morgan O’Neill heads the trio with his vocals every Sunday afternoon. Your ears will be blessed with happy Latin and some blues and swingin’ bebop.
More information & cost
Overseas Passenger Terminal, West Circular Quay, The Rocks
Restaurant – Entrée’s $25, mains from $26, desserts $16. Lunch Monday to Friday from 12 noon, Dinner from 6pm, Saturday Dinner from 6pmwww.cruiserestaurant.com.au
Oz Jet Boating
Eastern Pontoon at Circular Quay, in front of the Quay Grand
½ hour adventure ride $50 Adult, $35 Child, Family (2A, 2C) $150. 1 hour adventure ride $90, Child $60, family (2A, 2C) $270
Rides depart Circular Quay’s Eastern Pontoon every hour, from 11am until sunset.www.ozjetboating.com.au
Lower Concourse Level, Sydney Opera House
Bar bits from $14, pizzas from $15, meals from $15, pastries from $3, desserts from $10, cocktails from $15.
7 days a week from 11.30am until very latewww.operabar.com.au