Walk just a few hundred metres from Circular Quay inland to the Obelisk in Macquarie Place.
Macquarie’s Obelisk is located in the oldest planned town square and urban park in Australia: the tiny Macquarie Place on Bridge Street in central Sydney. It marks the start of the Great North Walk and is the oldest true obelisk on this journey dating to 1818. Built of locally quarried white sandstone, this elongated pyramid has a geographical purpose: it is the milestone for the measurement of road lengths in New South Wales. Follow the metal plaques, starting from the International Passenger Terminal on West Circular Quay around the walkway that runs between the ferry jetties and Circular Quay railway station, and then all the way along East Circular Quay to the side of the Sydney Opera House forecourt — on the Great North Walk. Additions include walking on to the Conservatorium or taking a sight-seeing bus (0.33 km). Watch movie here.
Bondi and Sydney Explorer Buses: hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tours. The Sydney Explorer circles north of the harbour and then travels across the Sydney Harbour Bridge; the Bondi Bus on which you explore the rugged coastline and golden sands of Tamarama, Bronte and Coogee Beaches. Pick up points on the Great North Walk include Circular Quay. Chapter 9 in the Companion book.
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