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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  • This is an amazing public space. The lobby has a reading room and a massive detailed model of Sydney under a glass floor. I had walked by it hundreds of times without looking inside. Well worth a visit.
  • A beautiful historic building with outstanding roof top restaurant views over Circular Quay and Harbour Bridge. Excellent food and service. (Rumor has it that its up for demolition having been sold to Singaporean for redevelopment )
  • A really wonderful experience awaits anyone who steps inside: a fabulously detailed miniature of the entire Sydney CBD stretches underfoot for tens of square metres. The building houses some amazing art and cultural history, along with many free and interesting historical talks
  • Great historical place right near Opera house. A beautiful Sydney City model is placed in the main area which is a must see attraction. You can walk over this model since it is under the glass. You can also find various news papers in the lobby as well as a dining spot.
  • Absolutely love this building! It's got a lovely restaurant right on it's doorstep plus one on the rooftop that I've been told is great! But my favourite part is the library on the top floor!

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