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Darling Harbour
Sydney

Darling Harbour which includes central business district, night scenes and a bay or harbor

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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Top Hotels in Darling Harbour

Sydney Hotel Harbour Suite
Sydney Hotel Harbour Suite
4 out of 5
252 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW
The price is ¥10,540 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
Located in Darling Harbour, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Sydney Town Hall and Cockle Bay Wharf. Queen Victoria Building and Wild Life Sydney ...
4.3/5Excellent! (21 reviews)
"Great value for a city room, even included a small breakfast"

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2021

Sydney Hotel Harbour Suite
Hyatt Regency Sydney
Hyatt Regency Sydney
5 out of 5
161 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW
The price is ¥16,079 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
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! (1,449 reviews)
"We had interconnecting rooms which was plenty of space for 3 adults and 2 kids. Lovely staff and beautiful breakfast."

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2021

Hyatt Regency Sydney
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 ¥16,510 per night from Jun 29 to Jun 29
Located in Darling Harbour, this luxury hotel is steps from Star Casino and Sydney Lyric Theatre. International Convention Centre Sydney and SEA LIFE Sydney ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,031 reviews)
"Beautiful apartment. My family really enjoyed the stay and would love to come back"

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2021

The Star Grand Hotel and Residences Sydney
Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites
Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites
4 out of 5
243 Pyrmont Street, Darling Harbour, Pyrmont, NSW
The price is ¥10,780 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
Located in Darling Harbour, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Harbourside, Australian National Maritime Museum, and Star Casino. International Convention ...
4/5Very Good! (6,402 reviews)
"The building is so unique and the room was nicely updated. The shower leaked onto the floor but not a deal-breaker by any means."

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2021

Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites
Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour
Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour
5 out of 5
12 Darling Drive, Sydney, NSW
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥23,475 per night from Jun 28 to Jun 28
Located in Darling Harbour, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Harbourside and Australian National Maritime Museum. International Convention Centre ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,052 reviews)
"Clean staff very pleasant and helpful"

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2021

Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour
The Darling at the Star
The Darling at the Star
5 out of 5
80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont, NSW
The price is ¥20,003 per night from Jul 15 to Jul 15
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! (955 reviews)
"Everything was as expected accept the breakfast was at Sokyo restaurant a Japanese restaurant with a la carte menu. When I made the booking, I naturally assume I was booking a buffet breakfast. At the Japanese restaurant, nice assortment or dishes were offered but nothing like the Aussie full ..."

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2021

The Darling at the Star
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