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. For Customs House and beyond, use our Sydney trip planner to get the most from your Sydney vacation.
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  • What looks a very impressive building on the outside turns into a modern place when you enter, except for a few historical signs around so I chose not to explore further.  more »
  • I have previously had wonderful experiences at the Customs House with its magical position & view. So I was pleased to meet up with a distant relative from the UK who had never been here. Our appointm...  more »
  • Filling in time before attending a performance at the Opera House, a detour to Customs House is well and truly worth the effort. I have been before, but the exhibitions are constantly changing. I was ...  more »
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  • Lovely building in the heart of circular quay. It's tricky to get parking I'd recommend public transport with train, ferry and buses seconds away or an uber or possibly parking at the opera house. The house has a lovely array of books available for loan and the rooftop restaurant serves some delightful meals. It's not what I'd classify as 5 star food food (mains around $35-50), however the views are great overlooking the harbour and the service is always impeccable. Would certainly recommend, great place to catch up with friends on the weekend, have a business meeting at or invite the token tourists to.
  • Pricey, but great food and a very nice view. The staff are great. It can be a little hard to find if you've never been before. But if you find Thea lift in the far back left corner of the ground floor foyer, your practically there.
  • Beautiful heritage building with modern interiors. There's a cafe and restaurant inside. Great place to have drink. The ground floor houses a fascinating miniature model of the city under the glass floor. It's just across Circular Quay and the upper floors boast great harbour view.
  • I've been here twice recently for lunch and each visit was equally good. The location is brilliant and the space itself is great. Not a huge menu but *quality*! I often feel, apart from really top end venues, that the quality and quantity of food is in direct proportion to their location. 80% location is too frequently matched with 20% culinary satisfaction, and vice versa. Not so here. The service was also great. I can't eat chilli and here the chef will prepare anything on the menu without chilli, even if it's listed on the menu. That tells me that meals, including sauces, are prepared fresh and to order. No wonder the food tastes so good.
  • Check out the model of Sydney city that is displayed under a glass floor, and head upstairs for lunch or dinner at the iconic Cafe Sydney for a taste of Sydney at its best. Fine dining and an incredible view of the Harbour Bridge.
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