Darling Harbour ticks all the destination boxes, matching a splendid waterside location in the heart of Sydney with some marvellous attractions such as an aquarium and great dining options. Within the area, Cockle Bay and King Street Wharf offer funky nightclubs, wine bars and bistros serving fine food and delicious cocktails.
About Darling Harbour
At Darling Harbour, a short walk from the city centre, discover unique Australian animals, waterfront dining, intriguing history and exciting nightlife. As one of Sydney’s largest dining, shopping and entertainment precincts, it has a full calendar of events.
Two of the most popular attractions are the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and the WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo.
You’ll be enthralled getting up close to native animals such as koalas and kangaroos, and watching sharks and dugongs.
Near the zoo and aquarium is King Street Wharf, where ferries and cruises arrive and depart. The wharf also has quality restaurants and trendy bars with plenty of outdoor dining areas. Dance the night away at the funky nightclubs on the wharf.
Other big name attractions in Darling Harbour include the world’s largest cinema screen at IMAX, laser skirmish and tenpin bowling, Madame Tussauds, shopping, harbour cruises, and plenty of outdoor events and exhibitions year-round.
Across the Pyrmont Bridge, on the western side, is the Australian National Maritime Museum where you can climb aboard a submarine, destroyer and a sailing ship. You’ll also find more restaurants serving fresh seafood and other delectable dishes.
Walk south to the Chinese Garden of Friendship, a tranquil haven filled with waterfalls, lakes, exotic plants and hidden pathways. Darling Quarter Playground will keep the kids entertained for hours with water games, climbing ropes, slides and swings.
Darling Harbour offers a number of comfortable places to stay, from serviced apartments and corporate rentals to luxury hotels at venues such as The Star, Hotel Ibis and the Novotel.