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Darling Harbour, Sydney

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A harbor within the giant Sydney Harbour, Darling Harbour buzzes with activity right next to downtown Sydney. Shopping centers, museums, entertainment centers, restaurants, the largest IMAX in the Southern Hemisphere, Madam Tussaud's Wax Museum, the Sydney Aquarium--the list goes on and on. You can head from attraction to attraction and then stay for dinner, or just stop in, snap a few photos, and people-watch from a cafe. For travelers who use our international travel planner, Sydney holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Darling Harbour and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Come on Saturdays to watch fireworks, and enjoy the atmosphere and food. It's the most lively part of Sydney in my opinion.  more »
  • I so enjoyed Darling Harbour, with vibrant area full of eating choices, art and fun for family. Plenty of activities for family yet just charming for a couple as you will find a quiet spot to dine. Wo...  more »
  • Lots to do here at Darling Harbour: gawp at the scenery, people watch, walk along the quayside and stop off at the numerous bars and restaurants or take a boat ride.  more »
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  • Excellent place with a beautiful skyline to spend a day in Sydney. The place is very lively full of shopping malls and a variety if restaurants besides wide open places to sit and relax. You may end up funding live entertainment from local and international artists in the evening. A must visit!
  • Beautiful place and delightful to hang out with shops and restaurants. Buy an opal card and take the ferry to other islands and back. You can walk on the harbor bridge and go to Luna park and take the ferry back to darling harbor. The transit system in Sydney is amazing. Love love love it.
  • I went to Darling Harbour for the first time and I thought what a remarkable place. It was full of people, all the restaurant were full, but you could always find a place in a cafe or a restaurant. From there I took a ferry to Manly, what a great experience, ferries full of happy people coming and going. Manly it is such a beautiful place, the beach, the scenery, the parks, the ferry area is so busy . The building and old houses gives a special something to Manly. I visited the art gallery, a very unique place. I took many pictures of the scenery walk. Later in the afternoon, I went to take the ferry back to the harbour and oh!! what a surprise, that area was so full of people, I haven't been in such a busy place as this one before, but when the ferry arrived, nearly all the people manage to get into the ferry, 600 capacity, the rest of the people had to wait for the next ferry to Sydney.
  • Beautiful place to spend your day. Lots of restaurants & shops. Or if you just want to walk & take in the view there's lots to see too.
  • Amazing sites at Darling harbour. Huge playground for kids nearby. The Sydney skyline is quite attractive and seeing the occasional warship is a treat. A vast selection of restaurants to tickle the fancies of many.