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Darling Harbour
Sydney

Darling Harbour featuring night scenes, city views and a bay or 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
Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites
4 out of 5
243 Pyrmont Street, Darling Harbour, Pyrmont, NSW
The price is AU$129 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
Located in Darling Harbour, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Harbourside, Australian National Maritime Museum and Star Casino. International Convention ...
4/5Very Good! (6,399 reviews)
"The building is so unique and the room was nicely updated. The shower leaked onto the floor but not a deal-breaker by any means."

Reviewed on 8 Jun. 2021

Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites
Hyatt Regency Sydney
Hyatt Regency Sydney
5 out of 5
161 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW
The price is AU$212 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
Located in Darling Harbour, this luxury hotel is steps away from Wild Life Sydney Zoo and SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium. Sydney Tower and King Street Wharf are also ...
4.2/5Very Good! (1,447 reviews)
"We had interconnecting rooms which was plenty of space for 3 adults and 2 kids. Lovely staff and beautiful breakfast."

Reviewed on 14 Jun. 2021

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The Star Grand Hotel and Residences Sydney
The Star Grand Hotel and Residences Sydney
5 out of 5
80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont, NSW
The price is AU$219 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
Located in Darling Harbour, this luxury hotel is steps away from Star Casino and Sydney Lyric Theatre. International Convention Centre Sydney and SEA LIFE Sydney ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,025 reviews)
"Loved the modern, clean and luxurious room; however, the requirements to check in via QR code at all the venues became annoying. We stayed at the star to have all our activities within walking distance the down side was each venue still required their own temperature check and sign in process. We ..."

Reviewed on 18 Jun. 2021

The Star Grand Hotel and Residences Sydney
Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour
Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour
5 out of 5
12 Darling Drive, Sydney, NSW
The price is AU$299 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
Located in Darling Harbour, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Harbourside and Australian National Maritime Museum. International Convention Centre ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,050 reviews)
"Clean staff very pleasant and helpful"

Reviewed on 9 Jun. 2021

Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour
Sydney Hotel Harbour Suite
Sydney Hotel Harbour Suite
4 out of 5
252 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW
The price is AU$131 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
Located in Darling Harbour, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Sydney Town Hall and Cockle Bay Wharf. Queen Victoria Building and Wild Life Sydney ...
4.3/5Excellent! (19 reviews)
"Great value for a city room, even included a small breakfast"

Reviewed on 17 Jun. 2021

Sydney Hotel Harbour Suite
The Darling at the Star
The Darling at the Star
5 out of 5
80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont, NSW
The price is AU$262 per night from 15 Jul. to 15 Jul.
Located in Darling Harbour, this luxury hotel is steps away from Star Casino and Sydney Lyric Theatre. International Convention Centre Sydney and SEA LIFE Sydney ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (959 reviews)
"Stayed.here on our wedding night and the service was so lovely and considerate!"

Reviewed on 15 Jun. 2021

The Darling at the Star
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