Outdoor activities in Darling Harbour

THE 10 BEST Outdoor Activities in Darling Harbour (Sydney)

Outdoor Activities in Darling Harbour

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  • ITRT
    Virginia38,573 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Wild Life Sydney Zoo is located in Darling Harbor in the same complex as the Sea Life Aquarium and Madame Tussauds. The zoo is on the small side, but it does showcase animals that are native to Australia such as koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, and platypus. The saltwater crocodile exhibit was under renovation. For additional cost, you can have your photo taken with one of the cute koalas, but you are not allowed to hold one. Follow the walkway to see the various habitats and different species of animals. The saltwater crocodile exhibit was under renovation when we visited. Other exhibits include frogs, snakes, pythons, and various lizards. Daily keeper talks are held at different locations and times throughout the zoo. Check the schedule when you arrive if interested in any of the talks.
    Written 14 March 2023
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  • Susan C
    Melbourne, Australia810 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I did this walk as part of the Bondi to Manly walk but the easiest way to access this trail is from the Taronga Zoo ferry. This bushland walking track follows the shoreline and is mostly flat with a few stairs and is well graded, well maintained and signposted. There is a lighthouse at the point and I saw a kookaburra. There are some views across the harbour towards the city and the Harbour Bridge which were excellent. It is one of the longest harbour bushland walks, particularly if you continue onto the Taylors Bay track to Chowder Bay and the Headland Park and Balmoral and I found it the most pleasant.
    Written 1 June 2023
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  • chrisbmia
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We loved every minute of this adventure. From meeting at beautiful Rose Bay, to up close, million dollar views of the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and unique vantage points for so many attractions such as Mrs. MacQuarie’s Chair at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Cockatoo Island, Lavender Bay, Barangaroo, the heritage fleet ships and Darling Harbour, we were thrilled to drive our 2 person speedboat on the last day of 2023. Our guide provided great commentary and took many pictures to memorialize the unforgettable day. Do not miss your chance to do this!
    Written 10 January 2024
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  • Brett C
    Melbourne, Australia2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This experience was wonderful in so many ways, very affordable, great commentary and education on the attractions, locations and natural features of the Sydney harbour.
    Written 3 March 2023
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  • Abiral Baniya
    Hetauda, Nepal25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I took taronga zoo ticket plus 48 hour pass for AUD 84.14. It included unlimited rides plus self-service tea & coffee via their vending machine in this time frame. At the end, I realised this deal was a real bargain.

    The boats are clean & comfortable, the crew is friendly, the commentary were informative, the harbour views are always amazing, we could spot dolphins during our ride from Watson bay to Manly bay...got all as advertised by Fantasea.

    I needed to reschedule my second day i.e. move my free ride day to the third day. They accommodated my request without hassle. A big thank you.

    I have seen a few negative comments by other customers. I hope Fantasea would take steps to address for any genuine complaints.

    For me, I would definitely take Fantasea again when I visit Sydney the next time.
    Written 15 December 2023
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  • Marc N
    Bartlesville, OK935 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our tour guide was Smokie (no pun for the Australian fires). Smokie was a master of Australian history and geography. We had a group of 24. As you might expect- all fitness levels. Wentworth Falls is full of ups and downs. Smokie kept us together and provided a lot of information.
    Written 25 February 2020
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  • Shae A
    Villajoyosa, Comunidad Valenciana, Spain120 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We went as a family trip and had a fab time under the circumstances, unfortunately the showboat itself was under refurbishments and the glass boat that replaced wasn’t very rain friendly, there was several leaks on the roof onto the stage where the poor dancers had to perform, nether less they did a fabulous job. The staff were friendly but it was hard to get drink service, and there was no bar service allowed. the food was delicious & very filling. all in all was a fabulous night out.
    Written 16 March 2023
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  • Kevin P
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Had a great day on the harbour with Captain Fabio. We chose Champagne Lady which was perfect for our family of 11. Highly recommended, Kevin
    Written 21 September 2023
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  • ER
    Rottnest Island, Australia228 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Originally booked on a standard lunch cruise but upgraded to the glass boat. Great views from the table and from to their parts if the boat. Buffet was very good. Meatball dish in particular was full of flavour. The desert was served to the table snd was the least flavourful dish - still ok though. Wine by the glass was priced well (for Australian restaurants).

    The harbour journey took in the usual sights of opera house, garden island and etc.

    We will likely do this experience again next year
    Written 18 August 2023
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  • Izzy
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It was a very fun experience. Isaac was a brilliant tour guide who drove us around the harbour for the 30minute ride and it was very fast and fun. We booked a trip for the morning, was 4 minutes late and they lest without us (not the best service) when we rebooked for the afternoon and arrived 15minutes early we didn't leave until 15minutes after the departure time. Recommend getting extra early so that you don't miss out. Also don't wear anything too dear as you will get wet.
    Written 20 April 2021
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  • Basker S
    Singapore2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing! staff very friendly food was excellent and music was outstanding any requests made to the DJ was played I would recommend Harbourside cruise company.
    Written 11 June 2023
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  • Miss K
    1 contribution
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Booked 6 tickets to celebrate my mum's birthday. The experience made it more enjoyable due to the good vibe of people from the other groups. The boat was almost late and we had trouble locating which boat to board as there was no one waiting at the dock or any sign to make it easier for the guests to know where to go. This would be helpful especially for people who have never had a cruise before. The lady on the 1300 657 103 was quite dismissive when we called and just hung up. The food variety was good and looked good but tasted very bland and in need of more effort for taste. We waited for an hour until they announced we could eat. The entertainment was good. 'Elvis' was a great singer and his outfit was great but it felt like the whole 'Elvis' experience went way too quickly. He sang for about 20 to 30 minutes and that was it. I was expecting a full hour or more of singing from Elvis (I mean it is the Elvis Cruise right?) and the crowd was even asking for more songs but was completely ignored. The rest of the remaining 30-45 mins involved all of the guests dancing and conga dancing and eventually fizzled out because the guests were either too sick to dance cos of the boat swaying too much or just bored from dancing to Macarena. The desert was a shocker to say the least. Just tea and chocolate cake pieces. Need more variety to make up for the not so impressive lunch buffet! The host and staff were fine. Apart from that the microphone needs to be changed cos I couldn't understand what the host was saying most of the time. You have to make your own fun to make it a great experience. If the food was improved, more decorations or music playing that suited the 'theme' and entertainment was extended to at least an hour or more with more energy and dancing than it would be a more thoroughly worth while experience! Get it to bring the 'Elvis' vibe! It should be honored more properly!
    Written 7 November 2022
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  • Deanne B
    Warnbro, Australia6 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Big, comfortable boat that travelled well. We were on a dinner cruise, the food was ok but lacked signage... was difficult to determine chicken from fish. There was no order to the queue for the buffet, it meandered throughout the seating so those in line were looking down upon people already eating. Plenty of areas and large windows for viewing the sights. Tip - avoid the 2nd level at the rear of the boat where the smokers congregate or better yet book your joy ride on a boat with a non smoking policy and leave the smokers to it.
    Written 27 January 2024
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  • Ar tak
    Greater Sydney, Australia5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Seeing the action close up on board of One Ocean Sailing is a unique way of experiencing the Boxing day and the start of the Sydney to Hobart race. Skipper Lily is great in navigating through the hustle and bustle of the boats and gets you front row seat views to the action. A truly memorable day out, great experience for everyone on board. Thank you Lily and Matt, well done! Hope to experience your hospitality again soon.
    Written 1 January 2024
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  • OKWorldTraveler923
    215 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a great place to see some of Australia's finest creatures. Worth the visit if you are in the area. Caution...the ticket counter attendants could use some custom service training.
    Written 25 November 2019
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