Customs House


Customs House is an historic Sydney landmark located in the city’s Circular Quay area next to trains, buses and ferries. Constructed initially in 1844-1845, the building served as the headquarters of the Customs Service until 1990. The newly refurbished Customs House is a 21st Century multi–functional building. It features a grand atrium, impressive Helix staircase, striking contemporary interiors, and a giant City Model showcased under the glass of the ground floor – a must-see for all Sydney visitors!

Food and Wine

Customs House offers relaxing lounges and a choice of premier restaurants and bars:

  • Located on the ground floor and Customs House Square you will find Quay Bar, a sophisticated Parisian style bar and bistro with high ceilings and warm furnishings opens 7am – late weekdays; as well as the buzzing Young Alfred restaurant which offers a casual, alfresco dining experience in a relaxed setting. Trading hours are 10am – 10.30 pm weekdays.
  • On the roof top, is the renowned Cafe Sydney, with its sun-drenched outdoor terrace, lively cocktail lounge and spectacular harbour views, this contemporary restaurant serves exquisite food and is one of Sydney’s most prestigious restaurants. Weekdays, 12pm – late.

How to get there

Arriving by public transport

Customs House is in the bustling heart of Circular Quay – a major transport hub for ferries, buses and trains.

Arriving by car

There is no designated car parking area for Customs House visitors.

The closest parking stations are located behind the Gateway building (In Underwood St, off Pitt St, opposite of the Marriott Hotel), the Sir Stamford Hotel Car park (Albert Street, off Macquarie St) and Sydney Opera House Car Park. These are paid public parking stations.


Arriving by walk

Customs House is only a 10 minute walk from Martin Place, 15 minutes from Town Hall and five minutes from the Sydney Opera House.