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Darling Harbour

  • Chinese Garden of Friendship, Darling Harbour
  • Cockle Bay Wharf, Darling Harbour

Highlights

Matching a fantastic harbourside location in the heart of Sydney with some great dining options, Darling Harbour ticks all the boxes. Cockle Bay and King Street Wharf also offer funky nightclubs, wine bars and bistros serving fine food, great cocktails and late-night dancing.

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About Darling Harbour

A lively and interactive urban centre, Darling Harbour is just a 10-minute walk from Sydney’s CBD. As one of the city’s largest dining, shopping and entertainment precincts, the area has a full calendar of outdoor events, as well as plenty of indoor activities and some fabulous places to stop and soak in the sun.

King Street Wharf is a dynamic nightspot packed with sleek dining establishments, trendy bars and funky nightclubs. Drop into Cargo BarBungalow 8 or The Loft to mingle when the sun begins to set. Cockle Bay also offers other waterfront promenades with alfresco cafes, bars and restaurants such as the Watershed Hotel and Cohibar.

By day you can walk along the historic wharf and watch the ferries come in and out of the harbour. Some of Sydney’s most popular tourist attractions can be found here, including Sydney Aquarium and WILDLIFE Sydney Zoo. Visitors can bask in the sunshine at a range of outdoor spaces. The Chinese Garden of Friendship is a tranquil haven filled with waterfalls, lakes, exotic plants and hidden pathways. Darling Quarter Playground will keep the kids entertained for hours with water games, climbing ropes, slides, swings, sandpits and flying foxes.

Other big name attractions include the world’s largest cinema screen at IMAX, laser skirmish and tenpin bowling, Madame Tussauds, shopping, harbour cruises, and plenty of outdoor events and exhibitions year-round. Darling Harbour offers several comfortable accommodation options, from serviced apartments and corporate rentals to luxury accommodation at venues such as The StarHotel Ibis and the Novotel.

Events

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  • Food and Wine

    Waterside dining is taken to glitzy new heights at the newly refurbished Darling Harbour precinct. Several delicious restaurant options are dotted along Cockle Bay and King Street wharfs, specialising in top quality seafood, Aussie wines and long lunches.

  • Nightlife

    Visitors will find several trendy bars and nightclubs spread along King Street Wharf and Cockle Bay. Visitors can also enjoy night time bowling, catch a movie on the world’s biggest screen at IMAX or sit along the water with a gelato from one of the nearby ice creameries.

  • Family Activities

    Enjoy a truly interactive setting for children and families. Ride the outdoor carousel or meet your waxwork favourite movie star at Madame Tussauds. Kids can run wild at laser skirmish then calm back down with a picnic at the Chinese Garden of Friendship.

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Darling Harbour at night by Hamilton Lund; Destination NSW
Performers in the Chinese New Year Parade. Year of the Snake
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