Darling Harbour

Sydney
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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YEHS Hotel Sydney Harbour Suites
YEHS Hotel Sydney Harbour Suites
4 out of 5
252 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000
The price is AU$142 per night from 21 Aug. to 22 Aug.
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Sydney. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness centre and on-site parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (394 reviews)
"All was very good but construction work next door and nearby continuing at night, made it very hard to sleep."

Reviewed on 12 Aug. 2022

YEHS Hotel Sydney Harbour Suites
Hyatt Regency Sydney
Hyatt Regency Sydney
5 out of 5
161 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000
The price is AU$289 per night from 21 Aug. to 22 Aug.
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Sydney. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants and 4 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in their ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,001 reviews)
"Location, view"

Reviewed on 6 Aug. 2022

Hyatt Regency Sydney
PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydney
PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydney
4.5 out of 5
150 Day St, Sydney, NSW, 2000
The price is AU$248 per night from 21 Aug. to 22 Aug.
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Sydney. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,002 reviews)
"The room itself was well set out and spacious. Very disappointed by the bathroom though. Large vanity area was good however a very narrow bathtub with shower at one end was very conpact and uncomfortable. Might be okay for small children but not an average size adult."

Reviewed on 13 Aug. 2022

PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydney
Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites
Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites
4 out of 5
243 Pyrmont Street, Darling Harbour, Pyrmont, NSW, 2009
The price is AU$161 per night from 21 Aug. to 22 Aug.
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in Sydney. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness centre and on-site parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in their ...
4/5 Very Good! (6,566 reviews)
"Property was very nice for a 1 night stay. Highly recommend for access to darling harbour and local bar/pubs."

Reviewed on 6 Aug. 2022

Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites
Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour
Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour
5 out of 5
12 Darling Drive, Sydney, NSW, 2000
The price is AU$389 per night from 15 Aug. to 16 Aug.
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Sydney. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 bars/lounges and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,004 reviews)
"Facilities were beautifully clean and luxurious. Staff went out of their way to ensure we had a fantastic stay."

Reviewed on 11 Aug. 2022

Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour
The Star Grand Hotel and Residences Sydney
The Star Grand Hotel and Residences Sydney
5 out of 5
80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont, NSW, 2009
The price is AU$288 per night from 21 Aug. to 22 Aug.
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Sydney. Enjoy free WiFi, a casino and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in their ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,004 reviews)
"Excellent service"

Reviewed on 12 Aug. 2022

The Star Grand Hotel and Residences Sydney
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