Sydney Customs House is another historical building which has served a range of purposes over the years. It stands right outside Circular Quay Station and dates in part from 1840.
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Currently it provides the free use of many international newspapers on its ground floor. It also acts as an exhibition centre and restaurant
area. Object Galleries on the third floor has Australia's largest exhibition of craft and design and is free to visit. The City Exhibition Space on the fourth floor is also free and has an intricate model of the entire city area.
Just to the west of Customs House, in Loftus Street, is the spot where the British flag was first raised by the new settlers on 26th January 1788. A plaque commemorates the precise location.
You can spend many hours exploring Circular Quay and all that is freely available in and around Customs House. Address: 31 Alfred Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000.