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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Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites
Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites
4 out of 5
243 Pyrmont Street, Darling Harbour, Pyrmont, NSW
The price is ¥10,310 per night from Sep 20 to Sep 20
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! (6,433 reviews)
"The room was spacious and clean. Check in and check out was fuss free"

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2021

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Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour
Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour
5 out of 5
12 Darling Drive, Sydney, NSW
The price is ¥23,905 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
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! (998 reviews)
A weekend away from home
"we booked two rooms and requested interconnecting but discovered the hotel does not have interconnecting rooms. one room was excellent and clean but the second room was a little smelly (smoke like smell). the view of the Harbour was amazing Valet parking is over priced $84 breakfast was ok"

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2021

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Hyatt Regency Sydney
Hyatt Regency Sydney
5 out of 5
161 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW
The price is ¥16,639 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Located in Darling Harbour, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Wild Life Sydney Zoo and King Street Wharf. International Convention Centre Sydney ...
4.2/5Very Good! (1,405 reviews)
"Mini bar was a bit scarce"

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2021

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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
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥22,554 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 18
Located in Darling Harbour, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Sydney Lyric Theatre, International Convention Centre Sydney, and Wild Life Sydney ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,026 reviews)
"We thoroughly enjoyed our very special upgrade & buffet breakfast!"

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2021

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ibis Sydney Darling Harbour
ibis Sydney Darling Harbour
3.5 out of 5
70 Murray Street, Sydney, NSW
The price is ¥13,006 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
Located in Darling Harbour, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Australian National Maritime Museum, Star Casino, and International Convention ...
3.9/5Very Good! (997 reviews)
"Great location, and comfortable room."

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2021

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PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydney
PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydney
4.5 out of 5
150 Day St, Sydney, NSW
Located in Darling Harbour, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Galeries, International Convention Centre Sydney, and Wild Life Sydney Zoo. Capitol ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,343 reviews)
"From the minute we stepped into the lobby we were treated like royalty. The rooms were bright and clean, well furnished and large. The package we purchased included a breakfast and a happy hour. Wow! the happy hour had wine and appetizers that were to die for. ."

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2020

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