Circular Quay, Western Promenade

Commissioner’s Steps Circular Quay, Circular Quay West, The Rocks NSW
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Map, showing Circular Quay, Western Promenade

The Western Promenade is a paved area extending along the western side of Circular Quay, passing in front of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.

The northern edge is bordered by a large fig tree.

 Application and booking information

Appropriate use
  • Photography Photography
  • Product sampling Public product displays Product sampling Public product displays
  • Events Events
  • Pedestrian thoroughfare

In addition to general standards/criteria, the proposed event must:

  • Maintain a 1.5m clearance from the heritage fence
  • Adhere to maximum weight loading restrictions of 13 tonne gross in the upper section and 10 tonne gross in the lower section (any vehicle over 10 tonnes must be approved by PMNSW)
  • Maintain access to Overseas Passenger Terminal gates
  • Maintain a 4 metre clearance for pedestrian thoroughfare and for emergency vehicle access
  • Retain busking pitches in the area unless otherwise approved by PMNSW
  • Give consideration to nearby tenants
  • Significant vehicle access restrictions when a ship is in port at the Overseas Passenger Terminal 
  • Consideration given to prevent event pollution of Sydney Harbour
  • Weight loading constraints
  • Bollards restricting access
  • No access to power or water
  • Restricted access times
  • Noise considerations
  • Security overlay for the Overseas Passenger Terminal 
  • Limited activation footprint available
  • No parking
  • Heritage fence surrounding Sydney Cove
  • Surface


  • Toilets

    Overseas Passenger Terminal and Circular Quay train station (including accessible toilets)

  • Pedestrian access
    Pedestrian access

    From Circular Quay promenades, Argyle and George Streets

  • Vehicle access
    Vehicle access

    Access via George Street and Circular Quay West is coordinated by PMNSW with the Port Authority of NSW in conjunction with the cruise ship schedule

  • Parking


  • Power


  • Water