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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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Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour
Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour
5 out of 5
12 Darling Drive, Sydney, NSW
The price is ¥19,590 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28

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

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,216 reviews)

"We enjoyed the whole stay. Perfect location in the heart of darling harbour. The hotel is so clean. The breakfast was amazing. The pool was cold though. They said it's heated to 25° but it was freezing cold and i couldn't swim."…"

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2021

Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour
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 ¥15,869 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 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 ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,076 reviews)

"The staff were professional and very friendly, the room was beautiful with a great view of the harbour. It was a great experience and we had a lot of fun, I would gladly recommend The Star Grand and Residence."…"

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2021

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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 ¥8,637 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2

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! (6,482 reviews)

"Great location. Walking distance to Darling Harbour"…"

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2020

Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites
Hyatt Regency Sydney
Hyatt Regency Sydney
5 out of 5
161 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW
The price is ¥15,949 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25

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! (1,945 reviews)

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Reviewed on Jan 5, 2021

Hyatt Regency Sydney
The Darling at the Star
The Darling at the Star
5 out of 5
80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont, NSW
The price is ¥20,144 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1

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! (994 reviews)

"Our go to hotel! The absolute best place to stay if you’re looking for a night in Sydney."…"

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2021

The Darling at the Star
Seasons Darling Harbour
Seasons Darling Harbour
4 out of 5
38 Harbour St, Sydney, NSW
The price is ¥8,995 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28

Located in Darling Harbour, this luxury apartment building is steps from Chinatown Night Market and Chinese Garden of Friendship. Paddy's Market and Capitol ...

3.8/5Good! (1,819 reviews)

"Rooms very spacious and clean and staff friendly Just didn’t like you can’t leave a deposit in cash much be credit card which takes 5 to 7 business days to be refunded. When they take the deposit out of my account it comes out straight away but to put it back in it takes 5 to 7 business days. This ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2020

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