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Front exterior view of Customs House in Circular Quay at night, SydneyFront exterior view of Customs House in Circular Quay at night, Sydney

Customs House

Visit this fine heritage building right at Circular Quay for a unique 'city-lounge' experience.

Why go there

Customs House is one of Sydney's landmark heritage buildings, now a free public 'lounge room' for visitors. You can relax in the library, catch up on world affairs by pouring over international newspapers, magazines and check the internet.

Drop in to see the latest exhibition, have a relaxing cocktail or a memorable roof-top dinner overlooking Circular Quay. This magnificently restored heritage building is right in the heart of Sydney's Circular Quay.

Don't miss

The glass-topped model of the city centre in the foyer floor. You get a birds-eye view of the sprawling city and can literally walk over the sky-scrapers.

Roof-top dining at Café Sydney, enjoying fine food and wine along with spectacular views over Circular Quay.

The second floor library which has internet access.

Access for all

Mobility access throughout venue and toiletsClear path of travel for blind and low vision
  • Ramps on both sides of the building lead visitors to the level entry of Customs House.
  • The entry has tactile warning tiles.
  • On ground level there is a bar, restaurant, reading rooms and lift access to the upper floors.
  • There are accessible toilets on the ground level, as well as on level one.

Eating out

  • Quay Bar on the ground floor has outdoor dining, a perfect location to soak up the lively Circular Quay atmosphere.
  • Young Alfred is located on the corner of Young and Alfred Streets. It offers casual dining inside as well as outdoor dining in Customs Square during warmer weather.
  • Café Sydney, on the rooftop of Customs House, is Sydney's quintessential "room with a view" where you can dine under the stars and admire Circular Quay and the sparkling harbour. The main eating area is up four stairs. A stair-lifter is provided but check that it's working.

How to get there

Public transport

Customs House is located opposite the transport hub of Circular Quay, which is serviced by accessible ferries, buses and trains.


Download the Sydney CBD and Circular Quay access map (PDF, 1.52MB)

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Interactive map: http://maps.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/accessibility-map/