Sydney's sparkling Darling Harbour perfectly captivates the vibrant energy the city has to offer. Whether it is a calm stroll at sunset or a cruise along the harbour, the plethora of attractions will surely keep you entertained.
Access the harbour by water or on foot to best experience the intricacies and details as you explore. This incredible waterside location is also home to Cockle Bay and King Street Wharf where sea life attractions and nightlife come together. Just a short walk from Sydney's Central Business District (CBD), indulge in waterfront dining, learn about Sydney's history or make the most of bars and nightlife.
The resurfacing of Darling Harbour was thanks to its redevelopment for Australia's 1988 bicentennial celebrations. The Sydney Aquarium was the first to open on the harbour, and shortly after, many restaurants, hotels, a museum and bars began to scatter around the vicinity. From then on, the precinct became a new favourite for Sydney and visitors alike. Cockle Bay Wharf and King Street Wharf were later then constructed, all in time for Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
Darling Harbour is home to an array of experiences waiting for you to explore, and you'll likely run out of time before you run out of things to do. The area comes to life with some of Sydney's top attractions surrounding, bringing a choice of entertainment options, science to explore, and waterfront dining along the city harbour.
Start your visit at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium or the Wild Life Sydney Zoo, and encounter the incredible marine life or animals up close. Other adventures to add to your list include the Australian National Maritime Museum, the world's largest cinema screen - IMAX and Madame Tussauds Wax Museum to get your photos with the stars. As the sun goes down, watch the city lights begin to twinkle on a sunset cruise after a big day of exploring. Relax at King Street Wharf to recharge and tantalise your tastebuds at one of the many delectable seafood restaurants nearby.
Next, it's time to take a trip through history at the Australian National Maritime Museum to learn about the incredible submarines and ships used in the past. Then a visit to the Chinese Garden of Friendship is in order, which provides a relaxing escape from Sydney's hustle and bustle. Discover gushing waterfalls, hidden pathways, lakes and plants, a little oasis so close to the city centre.
When planning your stay, choose from the many accommodation options on the harbour like The Star, Hotel Ibis and Novotel, great for both luxury or corporate accommodation options.
Darling Harbour boasts a variety of activities to suit all types of travellers. Between boutique shopping, animal encounters, gourmet food and Hollywood superstars, during your stay in Sydney, Darling Harbour is a must-visit. Spend some time uncovering the sparkling harbour and array of activities perfect for families, groups and couples and see for yourself why Darling Harbour is such an important part of Sydney’s identity.