Sandwiched between Sydney’s famous Harbour bridge and the majestic Opera House, is a small cove that houses a series of ferry wharves, a busy expressway and a railway station. Once known as Sydney Cove, Circular Quay is now a bustling transport hub on the northern edge of Sydney’s central business district.
The main business of the Quay concerns the ferry services which run to the north, east and west. The old green and gold vessels take commuters to the fashionable suburbs of the lower north shore. Newer and faster rivercats provide access to the more affordable housing along the Parramatta River.
Harbour cruises also start at the wharves, as well water taxi services. Visitors can enjoy a sumptuous meal and a glass of wine while they cruise the spectacular waterways that make up one of the world’s finest harbours.
However, for just a few dollars, the budget conscious visitor can enjoy all the harbour cruises have to offer by taking the commuter ferry to Manly. These unique crafts glide past the suburb of Kirribilli, where the Prime Minister’s Sydney residence is located. Then they turn to take in Neutral Bay, Cremorne and Mosman. They cross the harbour opening, where the waves can often toss boats by just enough to produce a few thrills. Finally, the ferries coast into the calmer waters of Manly Cove. On a sunny day, it can be a magic journey.