Circular Quay is the waterfront near Sydney Opera House and the city centre. Circular Quay gradually built up at the side of Sydney Cove, the 1788 landing-place of the British convict ships which brought Sydney's original citizens. In many ways, Circular Quay is the "heart of Sydney," and its success is due to the essential role it plays in the city's daily life. One end of the Quay connects to Jorn Utzon's famed Sydney Opera House, and the other with The Rocks, an area that constitutes Sydney's historic "original village." Ferries, subways, trains and buses arrive and depart from the Quay, making it a transportation hub for commuters, tourists and others. It also serves as a pedestrian connection among some major tourist attractions, and has services along its length oriented both to tourists as well as locals: fresh produce stands and food shops selling fish, bread, meats, and wines, etc. Both locals and tourists alike delight in the comfortable and well-maintained space that the Quay provides. Small cafes and restaurants serve light lunches to office workers, who also make use of the benches and walls situated along the Quay. Tourists and families are attracted by the buskers, spectacular views, and details such as the Writers' Walk - a pathway from the Quay to the Opera House tiled with plaques commemorating Australian writers (including Peter Carey, Miles Franklin, and Germaine Greer) and those who focused on Australia (Charles Darwin, Joseph Conrad, Mark Twain).