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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  • There is a great model of Sydney within the floor in the entrance. There's also an information point and a few exhibits.  more »
  • And the harbour side of Circular Quay station is now a library, where in the past was used as a customs and the exit opposite. I'm glad that Wi-Fi is available free of charge. Acrylic floor and buried the Sydney model worth looking at is.
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  • We went for drinks and the view. But weren't allowed on the balcony as we hadn't booked for a meal. The lounge area is really dismal, awful decor, you might as well be having a drink in an old scouts ...  more »
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  • It's a beautiful historical building which has been well preserved. And since the building is currently in use, it gives people a chance to visit regularly. My favourite part is the library in the building which spans across two levels. The outside area is a nice place to sit and have a meal or a drink.
  • Only stopped in for a quick look. Really neat to see a miniature model of the city beneathe your feet, and there are daily newspapers from ton of countries for you to read.
  • Superb experience at the restaurant upstairs. Great food and view of the harbour. Quiet place for reading in the library upstairs too if there's time.
  • Great service with well trained and friendly waiting staff, fantastic view, brilliant atmosphere and wide range of gourmet food. Favourite restaurant.
  • Historical site. Love the library, study desks. Art installations. Newspaper magazines area. Cafe, restrooms.

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