If you are looking for a fun day out or overnight stay in Sydney then look no further than Darling Harbour. There are activities galore in Darling Harbour for all ages – here are some of my favourites:
1. Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, Wild Life Sydney Zoo and Madame Tussauds Sydney
These are great places to visit for all ages. Whether you visit just one or all 3 in the same day, it is a fun day out at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, Wild Life Sydney Zoo and Madame Tussauds Sydney.
2. Take a Ferry or Lunch/Dinner Cruise
You can catch a Ferry from King Street Wharf to Circular Quay where you can then catch another ferry to places such as Taronga Zoo or Manly. Otherwise you can walk from Circular Quay to the Sydney Opera House or The Rocks.
Lunch and Dinner cruises also depart from King Street Wharf.
3. Australian National Maritime Museum
The Australian National Maritime Museum is a fascinating Museum where you can observe Australian Maritime history through their wonderful collections and exhibitions. You can also board the replica of James Cook’s HMB Endeavour.
4. Short stroll to The Star Casino
At The Star, you can take in a show at the Sydney Lyric Theatre and enjoy a scrumptious meal at the Harvest Buffet.
5. Short stroll to Chinatown
There are many yummy Chinese Restaurants in Chinatown to dine at and enjoy a traditional meal. Paddy’s Market next door can also be an enjoyable shopping experience.
6. Short stroll to Queen Victoria Building, Westfield Sydney and Pitt Street Mall
What shopaholic doesn’t like shopping in the heart of Sydney, whether it be in the luxurious Queen Victoria Building, Westfield Sydney or Pitt Street Mall.
7. Carousel and Star of the Show Ferris Wheel
For the young or young at heart a Carousel or a Ferris Wheel ride will be a memorable experience.
8. Chinese Garden of Friendship
If you would like to experience a traditional Chinese garden in the heart of Sydney, then why not visit the Chinese Garden of Friendship. With lakes, pavilions, hidden pathways and waterfalls you will be so relaxed in the garden that you will want to stay all day.
9. Cockle Bay Wharf
Cockle Bay Wharf is the place to go for a fine dining experience whether it be a light meal at the Lindt Chocolate Cafe or an enjoyable dinner at Nick’s Seafood Restaurant.
10. Darling Harbour Children’s Playground and Darling Quarter
Darling Quarter is a great place to dine, for example a light meal from the Guylian Cafe or authentic Brazilian BBQ at Braza Churrascaria.
The Children’s Playground is heaps of fun and will keep children entertained with swings, water games, climbing ropes, slides and a flying fox.
11. Harbour Jet Boat Rides
If you would like an exhilarating experience then don’t go past a Harbour Jet Boat Ride. Departing from Darling Harbour a jet boat ride will take you out into the Harbour where you will have a thrill and most likely be drenched on your return.
12. LG Imax Theatre
The LG Imax Theatre at Darling Harbour has the world’s biggest screen. Watching a 3D film on the screen is an experience like no other.
If you are looking to make your trip to Darling Harbour an overnight stay, our preferred accommodation are the Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour and Ibis Darling Harbour.