Customs House

sights / Architecture

Customs House information

Sydney , Australia
Address
Street 31 Alfred St
Telephone
+61 2 2 9242 8555
Getting there
train Circular Quay
More information
www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/customshouse/thelibrary
Opening hours
10am-7pm Mon-Fri, 11am-4pm Sat & Sun
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Lonely Planet review

Emerging phoenixlike from extensive renovations in 2005, this cavernous harbourside edifice (1885) now houses the three-level Customs House Library . There’s a great selection of international newspapers and magazines to scan, as well as internet access and interesting temporary exhibitions.

In the lobby, look for the swastikas in the tiling (and the plaque explaining their symbolism), and a charmingly geeky 1:500 model of the inner city under a glass floor. Café Sydney is on the top floor.