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Darling Harbour

Once the site of disused railway yards and dilapidated wharves, one of Sydney’s greatest urban renewal projects has breathed life into this location once more.

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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Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites AU$97
Reviewed on 16 May 2020
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Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites

Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites

243 Pyrmont Street, Darling Harbour, Pyrmont, NSW
     
    4.0 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Great value for money, living area spacious and good to have the bedroom seperate! Front desk staff nice and welcoming!

    Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour AU$278
    Reviewed on 27 Mar. 2020
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    Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour

    Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour

    12 Darling Drive, Sydney, NSW
       
      4.6 of 5
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      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.

      Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour AU$189
      Reviewed on 10 Mar. 2020
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      Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour

      Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour

      100 Murray Street, Sydney, NSW
         
        4.1 of 5
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Convenient location but the car parking is a bit expensive.

        Hyatt Regency Sydney AU$209
        Reviewed on 25 Mar. 2020
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        Hyatt Regency Sydney

        Hyatt Regency Sydney

        161 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW
           
          4.2 of 5
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          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.

          Novotel Sydney Darling Square AU$165
          Reviewed on 24 Mar. 2020
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          Novotel Sydney Darling Square

          Novotel Sydney Darling Square

          17 Little Pier Street, Darling Harbour, Sydney, NSW
             
            4.4 of 5
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            It is in a safe neighborhood with easy access to all public transportation and also walking distance to the ferry.

            ibis Sydney Darling Harbour AU$159
            Reviewed on 18 Mar. 2020
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            ibis Sydney Darling Harbour

            ibis Sydney Darling Harbour

            70 Murray Street, Sydney, NSW
               
              3.8 of 5
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              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.

              The Star Grand Hotel and Residences Sydney AU$229
              Reviewed on 10 Mar. 2020
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              The Star Grand Hotel and Residences Sydney

              The Star Grand Hotel and Residences Sydney

              80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont, NSW
                 
                4.6 of 5
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                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.

                MetroResidences Darling Harbour AU$71
                Reviewed on 21 May 2020
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                MetroResidences Darling Harbour

                MetroResidences Darling Harbour

                131-133 Murray St, Pyrmont, NSW
                   
                  4.4 of 5
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  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 ...

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