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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Discover Australia’s diverse marine environments in a magnificent aquarium, right in the heart of Sydney.
Encounter Australia’s diverse habitats at this interactive zoo and come face to face with the country's most loved, feared and iconic animals.
Sing next to Kylie Minogue, stand next to Ned Kelly, admire world leaders or strike a pose with the star you adore the most in this world-renowned wax museum.
See all that Sydney has to offer with the convenience of a single pass that lets you choose between 2 or 3 of the Harbour City's most popular and well-loved attractions. Start with admission to the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and then choose other attractions to enjoy on your own schedule.
Discover the streets of Sydney and the sandy shores of Bondi Beach as you cruise around town on an open-air, double-decker bus. Experience all the excitement of Australia's famous harbour city, hopping on and off at more than 30 stops near great attractions.
Play up your inner paparazzi with a trip to Madame Tussauds Sydney. Stocked with more than 70 lifelike figures—all crafted from a 2-centuries-old wax recipe—this fast-track admission ensures you get an up-close-and-personal selfie with your favorite A-list celebrities.
Take to the water with a 2-day ticket allowing you to hop on and off a Sydney Harbour rocket ferry to cruise along the harbor at your own pace. With commentary along the route, learn about Australian history and the importance of the harbor from the city's soul.
Journey to the majestic Blue Mountains from Sydney on an all-day nature sightseeing tour to experience must-see Australian landscapes and landmarks. On your all-inclusive, small group tour, explore lush rainforests, see native Australian wildlife, and relax on a river cruise, all with a professional guide.
Visit: Chinese Garden of Friendship, Pier Street, Darling Harbour, Sydney, New South Wales 2000 Australia The walled Chinese Garden respectfully recreates the philosophy and harmony of a traditional Chinese garden in its waterfalls, lakes, exotic pla