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Darling HarbourSydney

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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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 1 Dec. to 2 Dec.

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 ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,070 reviews)

"We loved our City View room. Felt special celebrating our 20th anniversary. Best upgrade"…"

Reviewed on 8 Nov. 2020

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$289 per night from 6 Dec. to 7 Dec.

Located in Darling Harbour, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Harbourside and Australian National Maritime Museum. International Convention Centre ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,211 reviews)

"Clean, modern, well equipped rooms, met all expectations associated with the hotel brand"…"

Reviewed on 27 Oct. 2020

Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour
Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites
Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites
4 out of 5
243 Pyrmont Street, Darling Harbour, Pyrmont, NSW
The price is AU$119 per night from 1 Dec. to 2 Dec.

Located in Darling Harbour, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Harbourside, Australian National Maritime Museum and Star Casino. International ...

4/5Very Good! (6,464 reviews)

"Great spot. Apartment was good size with 2 kids and a baby. Walking distance to all the top tourist spots but also close to light rail."…"

Reviewed on 17 Oct. 2020

Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites
Hyatt Regency Sydney
Hyatt Regency Sydney
5 out of 5
161 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW
The price is AU$219 per night from 6 Dec. to 7 Dec.

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 ...

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Reviewed on 30 Oct. 2020

Hyatt Regency Sydney
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 1 Dec. to 2 Dec.

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 ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (986 reviews)

"The hotel was lovely and the rooms spacious with big comfy beds. We couldnt have breakfast in hotel due to covid restrictions and spa fully booked. They should encourage you to book those on booking hotel room."…"

Reviewed on 29 Nov. 2020

The Darling at the Star
Crowne Plaza Sydney Darling Harbour
Crowne Plaza Sydney Darling Harbour
4.5 out of 5
58 BATHURST STREET, SYDNEY, Sydney, NSW
The price is AU$240 per night from 2 Dec. to 3 Dec.

Located in Darling Harbour, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of International Convention Centre Sydney and SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium. Sydney Opera ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (6 reviews)

"Bathroom ring lighting was amazing! And the space is modern and clean. We paid for champagne as we were celebrating our wedding night, but it never arrived..."…"

Reviewed on 23 Nov. 2020

Crowne Plaza Sydney Darling Harbour
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