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 Darling Harbour and beyond, use our Sydney online travel planner to get the most from your Sydney vacation.
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  • Darling Harbour is going through a huge makeover at the moment but many new buildings have been completed already and open to the public.Mixed with this is all the great bars and restaurants to meet e...  more »
  • Our first time to Darling Harbour. Test for us is would we go again? Answer: Yes! Lazy day wandering. We loved walking around everywhere. Enjoyed the free parts of the maritime museum. Walked the old ...  more »
  • Worth also stroll along this part of the port, particularly for its buildings facing the sea. Filled with skyscrapers of multiple shapes and glitters, is particularly beautiful at night. It also has restaurants and shopping sites
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  • The weather was beautiful. There are so many restaurants along the pier and so many crusies to admire. The design along the pier was beautiful and night was lit up by street lights. The play ground close by has a well designed water playground that can be enjoyed by both young children and teenagers. There is also a huge slide along with a small sand pit. There are also two types of swings, one for children and one for adults.
  • The transformation made in recent years made it so expansive. Lovely facilities and restaurants. Great place to take kids. It can get really busy on the weekend and holidays.
  • Currently getting a makeover from its original 1980s design. Some good, some bad. The original convention and exhibition centres were iconic 80's designs and should have been kept. Harbourside Centre needs an update, but has plenty of good restaurants to pick from.
  • Nice place to visit with family. Lots to do & great park facilities. At the moment there is a bit of construction as they are upgrading sections. Love the Matilda lunch cruises from here.
  • Who doesn't love darling harbour! Vibrant, beautiful, cosmopolitan, buzzing with locals and tourists day and night. Sydney's favourite place for quick meals, formal dinning, clubbing or simply for a relaxing stroll along the promenade. Also a great place for kids! Darling harbour has something for everyone

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