Darling Harbour

This waterside pocket of Sydney has got it all; amazing entertainment, fascinating museums, incredible wildlife and delicious dining options right on the water plus a brand-new food precinct. Darling Harbour is a fantastic family-friendly destination right in the heart of Sydney that has something for everyone.

Family exploring the HMB Endeavour, an Australian-built replica of James Cook's ship on exhibit at the Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour.

Things to do

Make the most of its harbour position and hop aboard a Sydney Harbour 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.

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.

You can see world-class shows at ICC Sydney, a convention, exhibition and theatre complex that hosts everything from theatre to concerts. Darling Harbour also holds a variety of food and cultural festivals throughout the year at Tumbalong Park, check out the exciting events calendar to see what’s on.

Young boy enjoying his visit to SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, Darling Harbour, Sydney

Eat and drink

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 gyros at Gyradiko, Asian at Spicy Sichuan and the Japanese/Scandi café Edition Coffee Roasters.

Other 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. And you can dance the night away at funky nightclubs, too.

Couple enjoying food and drink at Club Millésime inside Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour.

Getting there

The lively precinct only 10 minutes’ walk from Town Hall Station in the city centre, and a 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. There are lots of comfortable accommodation options.