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Customs House, Sydney

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Explore Sydney’s history at Customs House, one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks. This historic building was constructed in 1845 and served as the headquarters of the Customs Service for over 150 years. Today, the building is a popular venue for art exhibitions and private functions, and is home to the city’s main library. On the ground floor visitors can see a scale model of the city’s central business district, viewed through a glass floor. You can also eat, drink, meet up with friends, read newspapers, and browse the internet at this vibrant public space featuring a magazine salon and several trendy bars and restaurants. The Circular Quay, where the building is located, is a convenient place to start or end your tour of the city. Put Customs House into our Sydney holiday planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Sydney.
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  • Just to be clear, I am reviewing the History walk Customs House to Millers Point which is a self guided walking tour available from the tourist info at The Rocks. This was a really fascinating walk an...  more »
  • Very spacious inside, nice building from the outside I went in to see the model of Sydney which features over 10000 buildings and 500 trees, great way to see all of the city in miniature Photos not ve...  more »
  • After briefly contemplating the perfect dinner location, we chose to revisit the Customs House Restaurant which has prime position overlooking the harbour. The Bridge lights in the distance made it pi...  more »
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  • Great place to visit specially you are reader. However, you can watch the model of Sydney city at the ground floor of this historic building. Restaurant, cafe and bar there , really warming place. You can refresh yourself here by having a rest and relax.
  • During Vivid Festival, this is consistently one of the best installations and always worth a look. Outside of Vivid Festival it is still a must see place, with the model of the city installed under a glass floor in the main foyer.
  • A beautiful victorian era building with Harbour Bridge and Ocean view, beautiful library and a very detailed miniaturized model of entire Sydney, beautiful and peaceful living areas to enjoy your coffee and read your paper or just relax. Very close to Circular Quay Train Station and Ferry services and the beautiful Opera House. A MUST PLACE TO VISIT.
  • Inside is a stunning library, with a breathing floor, a glass floor with the whole harbour in a miniature format. The library spirals up and up the building a cosy place to read, During Vivid Sydney the facade of the custom house, it reflected with different looks, from a. Haunted mansion to a Indian palace. Sometimes installation art is in the front courtyard some interactive and others breathtaking. The customs house is one of those places you wouldn't know as a tourist attraction but it should be all the same.
  • Historical building, level 5 is Cafe Sydney, magnificent harbour view. Underneath is library. Major scenic spot of the famous Vivid Sydney.