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Overseas Passenger Terminal

Overseas Passenger Terminal

The Overseas Passenger Terminal, abbreviated OPT, is a landmark building located at Circular Quay. Officially referred to as the Sydney Cove Passenger Terminal, it caters to public cruise ships and ocean liners on arrival; an integral part of the tourism industry in Sydney.

It is fascinating to note that, while the region’s shipping operations date as far back as the late 18th century, the current structure was set up in 1958, with some development projects carried out in subsequent years.

Overseas Passenger Terminal Sydney, Parking & Nearby Accommodation

The building’s design stands out as its black frame are reminiscent of its original style. What’s more, the presence of the two gangways and a distinct mural has earned the building a place on the heritage-listed buildings list in New South Wales. It is also interesting to learn that this terminal makes up part of the buffer zone around the iconic Sydney Opera House.

Presently, the primary role of the Overseas Passenger Terminal is to provide the only passenger terminal located close to the Sydney Harbour Bridge. For this reason, the terminal has played host to several global cruise liners which, due to their structure, are not able to pass under the bridge. The largest cruise liner to ever stop at the terminal is the Queen Mary II.

For visitors who are exploring Sydney and not necessarily arriving at the terminal on a cruise liner, nothing beats the stunning views from the different viewing platforms. The best time to enjoy these views is when there are no ships at the terminal.

Alternatively, enjoy food and wine at the numerous dining establishments that line the promenade; an excellent opportunity to enjoy a fine-dining experience with a view. You may also choose to enjoy a short walk to The Rocks; a delightful precinct with a rich history and a special place in Sydney’s list of must-visit attractions.

Some of the amenities available at Overseas Passenger Terminal include a wheel-chair assisted entry (but make prior arrangements), accessible escalators, as well as ATMs. Remember to confirm your check-in time as these vary from one cruise to another.

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