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In days gone by, the historic Darling Harbour site in Sydney played an important role the industrial generation of the cityscape. Today, as an urban renewal project, it is part of what defines new Sydney, with its collection of intriguing museums, fashionable eateries and chic boutiques attracting local residents and tourists alike.
The Darling Harbour area is perhaps best known for the popular Australian National Maritime Museum, the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium and Wild Life Sydney Zoo. This is a real tourist hub thanks to its wealth of exciting attractions all located in one area. Visitors can enlist the help of friendly and helpful guides who are on hand to answer questions, book tickets and plan activities at the modern Visitor Centre.
At the National Maritime Museum you can find out all about Australia’s intrinsic relationship with the sea. From vivid recreations of the historic journeys undertaken by the pioneering explorers that discovered Australia, to the opportunity to explore a decommissioned naval submarine, the National Maritime Museum provides a fascinating and interactive insight into every aspect of life at sea.
Children will love to visit the Wild Life Sydney Zoo, which houses more than 6000 animals native to Australia, and provides a perfect opportunity to get up close to some of the creatures including iconic koala bears and kangaroos. This is great fun and entertainment for families and for animal lovers of all ages.
Darling Harbour also boasts one of the only Chinese gardens erected outside of Asia: the unique Chinese Garden of Friendship. This garden was lovingly constructed by the local Chinese community during Australia’s bicentennial celebrations in 1988.
At night, the Darling Harbour comes alive with a variety of entertainment. Hear one of the world-class musical productions that run all year round at the Sydney Lyric Theatre. If you’re feeling lucky, try your hand at roulette at the Star City Casino. Harbour cruises are another great way to see the sights, or spend a romantic evening over a candlelit dinner in one of the waterfront restaurants, complete with breath-taking views over the ocean.
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This place has a range of things to do. Here are some suggestions to jump start your trip to Darling Harbour:
For a more complete list of activities, take a look at our Darling Harbour things to do page.
Great value for money, living area spacious and good to have the bedroom seperate! Front desk staff nice and welcoming!
The hotel is superb, luxurious in every way, our room was superb, the view from the room was wonderful, the staff were excellent, helpful, informative, and very welcoming. We could not fault it in any way, and we enjoyed every minute of our stay there, and would highly recommend the Sofitel.
Very beautiful property. Great staff and very helpful. Our room, for some reason, filled with smoke from the vent, but the hotel staff came quickly and moved all our belongings to a very nice, upgraded room and wined and dined us with wine and chocolates for the remainder of our stay.
It is in a safe neighborhood with easy access to all public transportation and also walking distance to the ferry.
I had a Harbor View room, and the view outside was fantastic. Location was great too as there were many restaurants and cafes within walking distance. The buffet breakfast was good value for money.
Fantastic option for a short stay. Nice bars and two very nice eating options. Location on the airport is excellent and makes transiting a breeze.
Extremely well priced, practical, modern, clean hotel with extremely good management. Is a 3.5 Star establishment that excels. The rooms are small, for individuals or couples fine, the rooms have all the modern equipment you need, excellent bedding, good lighting, clean. Various layouts, some with ...