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Customs House

Customs House is a six-storey heritage sandstone building with balustraded colonnades, ornate maritime carvings and a clock set into the facade

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.

Teenage girls walking across the Sydney city model set into the floor of Customs House in front of the international newspaper reading area

Access for all

Access Summary

Mobility accessBlindness and low vision access

Getting around

Mobility accessBlindness and low vision access

Ramps on both sides of the building lead visitors to the level entry of Customs House.

A wide ramp with smooth stone tiles and metal handrails leading from the left of Customs House to the main entrance

The entry has tactile warning tiles.

Tactile warning tiles along the top and bottom of the steps outside Customs House

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 levels one and two.

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.

Map

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Customs House is a six-storey heritage sandstone building with balustraded colonnades, ornate maritime carvings and a clock set into the facade

Access Summary

Mobility accessBlindness and low vision access

Contact Details

Address:
31 Alfred Street,
Circular Quay,
Sydney NSW 2000

Phone: + 61 2 9242 8595

Website:
Customs House
(www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/
customshouse/)

Opening hours

Monday to Friday: 8am - midnight
Saturday: 10am - midnight
Sunday: 11am - 5pm

Price

Free

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