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Darling HarbourSydney

Once the site of rusting railroad yards and wharves, one of Sydney’s greatest urban renewal projects now buzzes with museums, boutiques and eateries.

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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The Star Grand Hotel and Residences Sydney
The Star Grand Hotel and Residences Sydney
5 out of 5
80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont, NSW
The price is ¥16,348 per night from Mar 5 to Mar 6

Located in Darling Harbour, this luxury hotel is steps from Star Casino and Sydney Lyric Theatre. International Convention Centre Sydney and SEA LIFE Sydney ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,019 reviews)

"Was very happy to recive an upgrade if our room without having to ask."…"

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2021

The Star Grand Hotel and Residences Sydney
Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour
Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour
5 out of 5
12 Darling Drive, Sydney, NSW
The price is ¥22,321 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1

Located in Darling Harbour, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Harbourside and Australian National Maritime Museum. International Convention Centre ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,133 reviews)

"A beautiful and NEW hotel in Sydney. The pool and the view is a real standout. Closely located to Darling Harbour, Pyrmont and Chinatown. I think a small amenity like a bottle of water in your room would go a long way but other than that it was a delightful stay."…"

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2021

Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour
Hyatt Regency Sydney
Hyatt Regency Sydney
5 out of 5
161 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW
The price is ¥17,095 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1

Located in Darling Harbour, this luxury hotel is steps from Wild Life Sydney Zoo and SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium. Sydney Tower and King Street Wharf are also within ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,641 reviews)

"Great location and the free upgrade to a harbour view room was a nice touch!"…"

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2021

Hyatt Regency Sydney
Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites
Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites
4 out of 5
243 Pyrmont Street, Darling Harbour, Pyrmont, NSW
The price is ¥9,788 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1

Located in Darling Harbour, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Harbourside, Australian National Maritime Museum, and Star Casino. International ...

4/5Very Good! (6,496 reviews)

"I did enjoy the wonderful pool, friendly staff and location."…"

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2021

Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites
The Darling at the Star
The Darling at the Star
5 out of 5
80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont, NSW
The price is ¥20,753 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

Located in Darling Harbour, this luxury hotel is steps from Star Casino and Sydney Lyric Theatre. International Convention Centre Sydney and SEA LIFE Sydney ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (970 reviews)

"The hotel staff is lovely and went above and beyond to make sure I had a great stay. Rooms are amazing and we will definitely be back."…"

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2021

The Darling at the Star
Crowne Plaza Sydney Darling Harbour
Crowne Plaza Sydney Darling Harbour
4.5 out of 5
58 BATHURST STREET, SYDNEY, Sydney, NSW
The price is ¥13,960 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

Located in Darling Harbour, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of International Convention Centre Sydney and SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium. Sydney Opera ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (44 reviews)

"The reception staff were amazing the room was excellent clean and spacious"…"

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2021

Crowne Plaza Sydney Darling Harbour
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