Overseas Passenger Terminal, Sydney

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The Overseas Passenger Terminal (OPT), known officially as the Sydney Cove Passenger Terminal, is a public passenger terminal servicing cruise ships and ocean liners located in Circular Quay, Sydney, Australia. Whilst commercial shipping operations on and around the site date from 1792, the current primary structure and waterfront promenade date from 1958, with subsequent on-going alterations and land reclamation throughout the latter part of the 20th century. The current design retains the black steel portal frame trusses of the original 1958 structure, with major additions completed in 1988 in the Post-War International Style through the collaboration of Sydney architects Lawrence Nield and Peter Tonkin.

The building's main structure, the two remaining uniquely designed extendable gangways and an interior mural known as Foundations of European Settlement by Australian artist Arthur Murch are all listed as individual items of significance within the State Heritage Inventory by the New South Wales Heritage Office. Since 2006, the building and its surroundings have also been listed as part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site buffer zone for the Sydney Opera House.
Today, although there are other passenger terminals on Sydney Harbour, the OPT maintains a significant public role as the only major passenger terminal east of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. As such, it has been host to many major international cruise liners which are unable to clear the underside of the bridge, including the largest liner to dock at the OPT to date, the Queen Mary II. The OPT promenade and viewing platforms are open to the public when ships are not docked in the terminal and a series of dining and entertainment venues within the building serve as part of the OPT's secondary function.
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  • Our cruise ship docked at the Overseas Cruise Terminal on our second day visiting Sydney. As a transit passenger from a cruise ship it’s really good with no hassle getting on/off the ship. It’s...  more »
  • It is a bit or a shock to see so many people waiting in line to go through immigration. This was the best organised chaos that I have lined up for. We did not have to wait long to reach an emigration....  more »
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  • Very professional. Bag drop was a breeze. Staff guided us through the terminal with little fuss. Searches were conducted with a minimum of bother. Ushered through to the Majestic Princes in very quick time. In fact our baggage beats us to our room. A bite to eat and now waiting for sail away.
  • A nice terminal, have docked here a few times. They are well organized and helpful, even the customs people are pleasent unlike some other countries. A big thanks to all who work here.

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