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A modern offering, bold and beautiful Darling Harbour delivers family fun and a touch of luxe living to travellers and Sydney locals alike. This tourist hotspot makes no apologies for its commercial focus, its wall-to-wall restaurants and bars coaxing visitors with delectable food and drink, and plenty of family-friendly deals to choose from. Glitz and glamour rule at this shoreline frontier, with its flourish of shopping outlets, entertainment activities, parks, and museums ensuring there’s something for everyone at this picture-perfect destination. Bring your camera; day or night, Darling Harbour will dazzle.

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  • Our tips for Darling Harbour

    Our tips for Darling Harbour
    • Take respite at the Chinese Garden of Friendship. Take a breather from the crowds and enjoy a relaxing stroll around these picturesque gardens. Waterfalls, off-the-grid trails, and exotic plants adorn the gardens, while the on-site café, The Teahouse, serves traditional tea and dim sums all day long.
    • Consult your calendar. As one of Sydney’s largest recreational spaces, there’s always plenty to see and do at Darling Harbour. Check out Darling Harbour’s event lists and time your visit with one of the big celebrations or cultural festivals held at this popular location.
    • Shine bright. Darling Harbour truly comes into its own on a Saturday night. Most weeks at around 8.30pm, fireworks light up the harbour, delivering a truly spectacular view that’s best enjoyed with a cocktail in hand.
  • Good to know

    Good to know
    Best Time To Visit All year round, Darling Harbour will impress. Sydney never goes too long without a sunny day, so pick a day when the weather’s pleasant – preferably outside of the city’s peak tourist season of December to January - and get exploring! Organise an evening visit to explore the Harbour’s nightlife scene, plenty of bars, clubs and restaurants dot the shoreline and boast striking waterfront views.
    Getting There The best way to get to Darling Harbour is on foot. Within walking distance of Sydney’s CBD, the city’s trains link to many nearby stations, while the Sydney Light Rail travels to Darling Harbour directly.
    Money Saving Tips Sydney’s recreational hub boasts countless bars and restaurants, catering to a range of interests and budgets. Read up before your visit to find a restaurant within your price range. Booking Darling Harbour attractions in advance is also a great cost-saver, allowing you to save serious dollars on at-the-door entrance fees.
    Did you know? Impress your fellow travellers with these titbits about Sydney’s Darling Harbour…
    • This site is named after Lieutenant-General Ralph Darling, who was the Governor of New South Wales from 1825 to 1831.
    • Modern-day Darling Harbour is a relatively recent development, with plans first taking shape in the 1980’s to transform the harbour into a cultural site for leisure and entertainment. Queen Elizabeth II formally re-opened Darling Harbour on May 4, 1988. The first attraction to the harbour was the Sydney Aquarium, swiftly followed by a host of restaurants, hotels, and bars.