Darling Harbour is a buzzing waterside precinct that's just moments from the centre of Sydney, but still retains its small, intimate feel. This family-friendly destination has enough to keep children entertained all day, from fascinating museums to thrilling wildlife and delicious dining options.
Things to do
It’s easy to keep kids entertained, with four attractions within walking distance. They can take selfies with their favourite stars at Madame Tussauds wax museum, meet the dugongs at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, get up close to koalas at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo or burn off some energy at Darling Quarter Kids Playground.
Make the most of being by the water and hop aboard a sightseeing cruise or discover one of the tall ships at the Australian National Maritime Museum. If you’re looking for something less active and more Zen, head to the Chinese Garden of Friendship, which is a tranquil haven.
ICC Sydney is a purpose-built convention, exhibition and theatre complex that hosts world-class performances spanning theatre to concerts. Darling Harbour also holds a variety of food and cultural festivals throughout the year at Tumbalong Park, from the colourful lights of Vivid Sydney to a Winter Festival brimming with fireworks, performances, exhibits, ice-skating rinks and food markets. Check out the exciting events calendar to see what’s on.
Eat & drink
Darling Harbour's food and drink experiences include waterfront restaurants, alfresco cafes and trendy bars along Cockle Bay, King Street Wharf and Harbourside, where you’ll also find souvenir shops and fashion boutiques.
Darling Square is a new food precinct – simply follow Tumblaong Boulevard for two minutes to get from the park to the thick of it all. There’s an array of food vendors, from Malaysian at Chinta Ria to seafood at Fish & Co, plus fantastic coffee at Edition Coffee Roasters.
Beer lovers will make a beeline for The Pumphouse, one of Sydney's first microbreweries or discover niche craft brews at Bucket Boys. Cohibar is all about cocktails and a good night while Nakano Darling is a relaxed Japanese izakaya bar.
This lively precinct is only a 10-min walk from Town Hall Station in the city centre or a short stroll from Chinatown, Barangaroo and Pyrmont. You can also travel by light rail or catch a ferry from Circular Quay and alight at Barangaroo Wharf or Pyrmont Bay Wharf.