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Named after a former governor of New South Wales, the Darling Harbour precinct features a wealth of things to do. There are public gardens and promenades, restaurants, bars and hotels, and major attractions such as the Australian National Maritime Museum, the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium and Wild Life Sydney Zoo.
Start your visit by chatting with the friendly guides at the Visitor Centre. They’ll help you to plan your day, purchase tickets and book activities.
To learn more about Australia’s connection with the sea, visit the National Maritime Museum. Here, you’ll vividly experience the journeys undertaken by the nation’s early explorers, settlers and immigrants. Climb aboard and explore the many historic vessels moored out front, including a decommissioned naval submarine.
Say “G’day” to some of Australia’s deadliest and cuddliest creatures at Wild Life Sydney Zoo. Home to more than 6,000 native animals, this nature park offers visitors a chance to pet koalas and wander through a tropical butterfly house. For a truly “Aussie” experience, hang out with the kangaroos in the Kangaroo Walk-About zone.
Don’t miss the peaceful Chinese Garden of Friendship. One of the only Chinese gardens outside Asia, the grounds were created by the local Chinese community to celebrate Australia’s 1988 bicentenary. Beautiful water features and traditional pavilions make the garden a peaceful place to relax and revive after sight-seeing.
In the evening, catch a musical production at the Sydney Lyric Theatre inside Star City Casino or book a romantic harbor cruise. Grab a table at one of the many waterfront restaurants. For something fun and informal, pick up fish and chips from one of the take-away eateries and find a spot overlooking Cockle Bay.
Darling Harbour hosts free music, annual events and film festivals. (Check the calendar on the Darling Harbour website for a schedule.)
Darling Harbour is located adjacent to downtown and is accessible by train, bus, monorail or foot from the city center. There are paid parking lots throughout the precinct.
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This place has a range of things to do. Here are some suggestions to jump start your trip to Darling Harbour:
For a more complete list of activities, take a look at our Darling Harbour things to do page.
Location is great, room I had was spacious and well equipped without being luxurious. If I wanted that would spend 3 times what I did and stay at the close by Sofitel.
3017 darling harbour view is fantastic. When I was booking I mentioned it was my friend birthday. They prepared a surprise gift. Congratulations card, chocolate and travel kits. AWESOME EVERYTHING. Thank you to Evan at the reception.
Ryan at reception was very good at his job and took care of us. All the staff on the property were friendly professional and very helpful. The hotel room exceeded expectations and we will definitely be returning.
Very beautiful property. Great staff and very helpful. Our room, for some reason, filled with smoke from the vent, but the hotel staff came quickly and moved all our belongings to a very nice, upgraded room and wined and dined us with wine and chocolates for the remainder of our stay.
Incredible room, fantastic location and friendly staff. I absolutely adored this little getaway. Thank you to The Darling Hotel!
Easy check and checkout; friendly staff, close to Darling Harbour, clean and comfortable room. The water pressure in the shower was dissapointing.
Novotel Darling Square are new & clean . It is also very close to all restaurant, transports, shopping & etc. Receptionist is friendly & nice 👍