Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour
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Scenic entertainment complex that features shops, restaurants, museums and other tourist attractions.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Travelove58
    15,599 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good for casual stroll & to take in the sights of the marina & city.
    Waterfront area in the heart of the city. Take a slow casual walk along the very long bridge, with 360° views of the surrounding marina & city landscapes. Good place for jogging or just a relaxed stroll. There are some attractions below the bridge, plus Cockle Bay Wharf - a stretch of food & entertainment area.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 September 2023
  • Mallo_Pahanen
    Helsinki, Finland834 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice area to go around
    An area with nice conditions and looks. The streets are clean and the water is nearby. Here you can find the passage of time in the form of museums and places of entertainment. There are many places to eat, they are overpriced and not particularly good. The harbor area is long and especially good for moving and walking.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 October 2023
  • Gregg S
    London, United Kingdom13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An iconic historical waterfront destination in australia
    It is bustling with activity and offers a diverse range of attractions, from museums and galleries to restaurants and shopping. Enjoy the view of the harbour from the promenade, and explore the nearby Chinatown and Powerhouse Museum. There's something for everyone, with plenty of opportunities to relax and take in the sights.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 December 2023
  • Liza Rene
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An absolute delight to explore!
    The vibrant atmosphere, waterfront views, and buzzing energy made it an instant favorite. Strolling along the harbor, I was spoiled for choice with an array of restaurants, shops, and attractions. The SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium was a highlight, bringing the ocean to life with mesmerizing exhibits. The laid-back vibes, coupled with street performances, created a perfect setting for a leisurely day. Whether you're a foodie, nature enthusiast, or just in the mood for a scenic escape, Darling Harbour nails it – a must-visit gem in the heart of Sydney!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 January 2024
  • smiler1956
    Birmingham, United Kingdom571 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visit
    I visited this beautiful harbour with my wife and Daughter. Not only is it a lovely setting but lined with shops and restaurants. The iconic swing bridge gives tall ships access to the harbour, and the National Maritime Museum has some great examples of shipping through the ages. Perfect for people watching, relaxing and enjoying the scenery.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 February 2024
  • EndlessTravels
    Greater Melbourne, Australia38,487 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Sydney must see
    If you have kids you will end up visiting darling Harbour a lot. Excellent aquarium and the kids highlight of the zoo. We parents loved the views and Madame Tussaud’s. The harbor is great for walking but even better when on a ferry
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 March 2024
  • Vadajewett
    Australia15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Charming Darling Harbour
    The waterfront promenade, adorned with vibrant eateries, beckoned us to indulge in a gastronomic adventure. Families strolled by, creating a welcoming atmosphere. Every corner was photogenic, inviting us to capture memories. Truly, Darling Harbour is a delightful blend of flavors and charm.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 March 2024
  • Betty C
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting section of Sydney with nice views of the harbor area.
    We liked the area around the harbor -- museums, restaurants and views. It is where you can take the ferry to Circular Quay, the hub for all ferries and rail/train connections. Walk across the Pyrmont Bridge for many more restaurants, bars and scenery. Loved the fireworks on Saturday night but go early for a good place to view them.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 April 2024
  • Badcat110
    St Austell, United Kingdom4,050 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful area
    We stayed very close so went here several times day and evening during our 3 days. It’s a lovely area, especially at night when it really comes alive. Plenty of good places to eat and drink, easy to catch ferry to circular quay and then on to lots of other places. We thought this was one one of the nicest areas in Sydney.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 May 2024
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Mitchell
Auckland, New Zealand3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2024 • Couples
We enjoyed romantic walks along the waterfront, taking in the lively atmosphere and stunning city views. From bustling restaurants to exciting harbor cruises, there's something for everyone in this dynamic destination.
Written 8 July 2024
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Tommo
Melbourne, Australia55,706 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Darling Harbour was one of my favourite locations to stay.

As the Harbourside Centre has been kncked down it is a bit of a construction zone. Once the new development is completed it wilkl be back to its former glory.

As a result many bars and restaurants closed although tjhere are options at Cockle Bay Wharf and a longer walk to the vibrant Barangaroo area.

Vivid at this location wasnt as spectacular as in prior years.
Written 14 June 2024
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Badcat110
St Austell, UK4,050 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We stayed very close so went here several times day and evening during our 3 days. It’s a lovely area, especially at night when it really comes alive. Plenty of good places to eat and drink, easy to catch ferry to circular quay and then on to lots of other places.
We thought this was one one of the nicest areas in Sydney.
Written 26 May 2024
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Betty C
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We liked the area around the harbor -- museums, restaurants and views. It is where you can take the ferry to Circular Quay, the hub for all ferries and rail/train connections. Walk across the Pyrmont Bridge for many more restaurants, bars and scenery. Loved the fireworks on Saturday night but go early for a good place to view them.
Written 2 April 2024
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Vadajewett
Australia15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The waterfront promenade, adorned with vibrant eateries, beckoned us to indulge in a gastronomic adventure. Families strolled by, creating a welcoming atmosphere. Every corner was photogenic, inviting us to capture memories. Truly, Darling Harbour is a delightful blend of flavors and charm.
Written 12 March 2024
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leuveen
United Kingdom1,287 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Perfect place for a stroll - has clean public toilets, lots of museums, great walking area as well as lots of cafes and restaurants. A place every visitor must visit.
Written 8 March 2024
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Trail58251054443
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Our delightful family excursion to Darling Harbour in Sydney left us with lasting memories. With our 2-year-old in tow, we explored this vibrant entertainment hub, complete with shops, restaurants, and museums. Our stay at PARKROYAL Darling Harbour was exceptional – spacious rooms, city skyline views, and top-notch amenities. The highlight? Booking a cab with Aussie Baby Taxi, which ensured our little one’s safety with their installed baby seat. From exploring child-friendly restaurants like Atelier by Sofitel to enjoying the vibrant atmosphere, Darling Harbour truly catered to all ages. Highly recommended for families seeking a memorable Sydney experience! .
Written 6 March 2024
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EndlessTravels
Greater Melbourne, Australia38,487 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
If you have kids you will end up visiting darling Harbour a lot. Excellent aquarium and the kids highlight of the zoo. We parents loved the views and Madame Tussaud’s. The harbor is great for walking but even better when on a ferry
Written 5 March 2024
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LJ B
Trusham, UK28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Business
Got to love Darling Harbour. Lots of bars and restaurants, street performers at the weekend and of course those fireworks are amazing. I am Angus do the best steaks and Kangaroo!! Delish 😋
Written 25 February 2024
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smiler1956
Birmingham, UK571 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
I visited this beautiful harbour with my wife and Daughter. Not only is it a lovely setting but lined with shops and restaurants. The iconic swing bridge gives tall ships access to the harbour, and the National Maritime Museum has some great examples of shipping through the ages. Perfect for people watching, relaxing and enjoying the scenery.
Written 6 February 2024
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