The ultimate inner-city escape, which you can enjoy in multiple ways. Includes a grand atrium, helix staircase, library, exhibition spaces and fine dining.
Check library and tourist information desk opening hours to plan your visit. Customs House building opening hours are:
Monday to Friday
8am to 12 midnight
9am to 12 midnight
9am to 5pm
Heritage listed, Customs House continues to be an entry point for people and ideas flowing into Sydney.
Our 2 level library has a multicultural collection of over 50,000 items. Use our relaxed lounge areas to read, chill and recharge. We also have spaces available to study, meet and work.
At our tourist information desk, you can ask about maps, brochures and information about activities to enjoy in the city.
While you’re here, plan your own self-guided walking tour. Some start at Customs House.
Free exhibitions and other events are offered throughout the year.
Attractions includedA spectacular scale model depicts 10 square kilometres of downtown Sydney.
Close to transport includedFerry, train, bus and light rail are on our doorstep.
Co-working spaces included
- Shared informal working spaces free on level 1.
- The library has a meeting room for hire.
- Hub Customs House offers workspaces to businesses of all sizes.
Wifi includedFree wifi and public access computers.
Atrium includedWorkstations on level 2 look out over the sun drenched atrium. Impressive views of the building.
Seating includedRelaxed lounge areas with one of Sydney’s largest collections of local and international magazines available to browse.
Exhibition spaces included
On the top level, Cafe Sydney offers a fine dining experience with spectacular harbour views.
Onsite mobility parking not included
Mobility parking within 300m included
1 mobility parking space at 45-54 Pitt Street, Sydney, around 300m from the venue.
Level access entrance included
- 3 steps to front entrance or use 2 ramps with handrails.
- 7 steps to the rear entrance.
Entry door type included
- Manual door for front entrance: open inwards during building opening hours, 1.5 metres wide.
- Automatic sliding door for rear entrance: open 1.5 metres wide.
Accessible toilets included2 - RH and LH on ground floor.
Ambulant toilets not included
Changing places facilities not included
Hearing support system not included
A year-round program of exhibitions and events.
What’s OnLiberate!Fabulously fierce LGBTIQA+ SydneyCustoms House
What’s OnCustoms House exhibition: Australian Life 2022Photography prize finalist's exhibitionCustoms House
What’s OnThe Rocks & Circular Quay secret bar crawl with storiesDrink, dine and discover on Sydney's most unique bar crawl - focusing on the best bars in the Rocks and Circular Quay.Customs House
What’s OnUltimate Sydney Walking Tour - History, Laneways, Art & MoreDiscover the story of Sydney on this expert-led walking tour, while hitting all of the city’s main attractionsCustoms House
What’s OnAAA Sydney city walkStarting at Customs House, you will discover some of Sydney's CBD architectural masterpieces with a trained AAA guideCustoms House
What’s OnMaking LGBTIQA+ historyHear and see history-making moments with LGBTIQA+ photographersCustoms House
See the city from a different perspective. Spot the miniature sights you’ve seen or will see in real life.
Handcrafted for over 20 years and regularly updated, the model is even more striking at night when it comes alive with hundreds of fibre-optic lights illuminating the streets.
Climb the helix stairs to the first floor for a bird’s eye view.
Be your own guide. Tours take 1 to 2 hours and include points of interest, detours and museum stops along the way.
Choose 1 of 2 ways to plan your adventure:
- View or download brochures online.
- Download the Culture Walks app to your mobile device.
Experience The City of Forking Paths
Also at Customs House
LibrariesCustoms House LibraryRight in the heart of Circular Quay, this contemporary library is a great place to relax, meet friends, read or research. Spans 2 levels of Customs House.Circular Quay
Customer service centresVisitor information centre at Customs HouseFind maps, brochures and information on activities to enjoy in the city. Close to star attractions and glittering harbour, this is the perfect spot to start your Sydney adventure.Sydney
Spaces for use and hire
Hireable outdoor spacesCustoms House SquareSydney
Hireable indoor spacesBarnet Long Room, Customs HouseSydney · 200 people
Hireable indoor spacesMeeting room, Customs HouseCircular Quay · 50 people