Darling Harbour

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Darling Harbour
4.5
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Scenic entertainment complex that features shops, restaurants, museums and other tourist attractions.
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Shane T
Sydney, Australia727 contributions
May 2021 • Friends
Took the kids on what we called an adventure. Caught the bus and train to darling harbour. Would of preferred to drive as it would if knocked 2 hours of our return trip but public transported it for the kids.
Plenty to do as we first let the kids play on the playground which is packed but ample size to play comfortably. If it was summer they could play in the water features but too cold yet some kids were in the water still. There was a festival for kids which included a ice rink but queues were to great to bother so we went to the maritime museum to go on the ships. These were great fun for the kids unfortunately the submarine was already booked out so maybe next time.
Lots to do but time got away from us. Advice if you want to eat in a restaurant there book ahead as we had to eat in the food hall as all restaurants were booked out with waiting times 1 hour +
Written June 15, 2021
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Kerry Werchon
Adelaide, Australia78 contributions
Jan 2020
My 12 year old grandson, Anton and I took a train in from Mascot Tain station to Sydney city. The train ride was smooth and efficient being double story. There were lots of people and the train stations can be like rabbit warrens but so long as you have your phone charged, you could find your way around, and attendants were happy to help with the navigation. From Sydney Central train station we navigated our way through the Queen Victoria Building and viewed the Sydney Eye Tower. We then asked for directions from a street side fruit seller and we took the short walk to Darling Harbour. There were people climbing one of the buildings which was briefly entertaining to watch. We then made our way over the bridge to the Australian Maritime Museum. It was a beautiful sunny day and people were walking around enjoying the environment. I had been to Darling Harbour a few times before, the last in 2012 with my daughter, Yaz, when we stayed at the lovely Novotel Hotel. We visited lively restaurants with great service while we were there and also Madam Tassaulds museum. The late night visit to play a game of ten pin bowling with champagne on ice was a real treat! Before that, we visited in 2002 when going to the nearby Chinese gardens which was lovely and had huge goldfish.
Written July 6, 2020
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caribbeanoldies
Shipston on Stour, UK149 contributions
Dec 2019
That's it really. This is the place to come of an evening for a great range of restaurants, brilliantly located overlooking the harbour and with a very broad range of cuisines. Too many for our short visit to Sydney, so we'll just have to come back to do the ones we missed! Great, buzzing atmosphere, a lovely place to wander around. Our favourite was Love Fish, which had been recommended to us by a local and very good it was too.
Written February 28, 2020
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Loveagreathotel
Hobart, Tasmania473 contributions
Apr 2021
Staying in Darling Harbour is great if attending the Convention Centre. Lots of hotels to select from. Restaurants are starting to go back to normal but be aware lots of either not opened or have restricted hours or days. The Harbourside Shopping Centre is very quiet and several stores not opened or closed. All part of the effects of Covid.
There is a light rail that goes to Central Station however does not go into the City Centre however it is a $10 Taxi Fare to the Centre of town.
Written April 22, 2021
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Peter S
Sydney57 contributions
Feb 2020
As a born and bred Sydney resident I would definitely recommend any tourists to visit the Darling Harbour area. Probably the best way to get there would be to catch a public ferry from Circular Quay (not expensive) as you will cruise under the Harbour Bridge to get there and get a great view of the city skyline on the way.
Lots of shops, restaurants and bars to visit and fantastic views of the city, day or night.
Written February 11, 2020
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Della C
Borehamwood, UK305 contributions
Jan 2020
We loved Darling Harbour and all it has to offer. Plentiful reasonably priced restaurants , one even offers meals for $10 - Maritime museum, Aquarium, Madame Tussaud’s a small zoo and a good sized shopping centre. A must visit, we did several times during our 3 week stay in Sydney. We will definitely be back.
Written January 23, 2020
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jenny j
Canberra, Australia25 contributions
Feb 2020
Stayed at the Adina Apartments in King St (entrance on Shelley St) - cross the road and you are right in Darling Harbour where there is easy and flat walking. There is a huge choice of restaurants/bars. Many are a bit on the expensive side but some offer very reasonable prices. For a really fabulous seafood meal try Nick's Seafood Restaurant at the Cockle Bay Wharf end of Darling Harbour - best seafood we have had in a long time; they really know how to cook calamari. It is easy to walk to Barangaroo from Darling Harbour, or to walk into the city over the walkway at the end of Shelley/King Sts (there is a lift as well as stairs). You can catch the ferry from Darling Harbour at Wharf 1 or 2 to Circular Quay, Balmain, even to Parramatta.
Written February 9, 2020
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Forbes K
Bendigo, Australia103 contributions
Mar 2021
Having been here before when I was most impressed (pre-COVID, beautiful weather), I was recently a little disappointed to see Darling Harbour in its current state. Admittedly the weather didn't do it any favours and you can't hold that against what is on offer, but the major construction work at the southern end (still/again) detracts from the view and experience. Along with that, the many empty businesses are a real concern.
The venue is not in its full glory at present, here's hoping it returns with a vengeance next summer or whenever the borders reopen.
Written March 21, 2021
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Darlene J
13 contributions
Jan 2020
If it wasn't for the access of a couple of things we wanted to see here I don't think I would bother coming back here. Whilst we came in Summer, Sydney put on a drizzly day. - if you didn't have a rain coat (too hot for one) or umbrella there was no major area to take dry cover. Crossing over the bridge we found a shopping centre which did keep us dry but shopping wasn't in the game plan. When the drizzle stopped we did enjoy visiting the Maritime museum and spent a good couple hours here. Madam Tasseuds, Sea Life & Wild Life Sydney Zoo are there to visit as well. Gondolas, Cruises and other boat activities are docked in the wharf. Food areas are more to one side of the bridge. The dock side is more travel kiosks. Just depends on what you are wanting to do there depends on your thoughts though. I found Sydney Harbour more fun
Written March 14, 2020
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pdhgirl
Sydney, Australia129 contributions
Jan 2020
We come into the city quite often and this is our 4th time coming into Darling Harbour to celebrate Australia Day. No problem finding seating in the morning but was a very hot day so more shade could have been installed. We stayed mostly at the Watershed Hotel/Pub which was opposite the stage for live music on the day. What a shame it played mostly latino music for Australia Day!....while we enjoy a lot of different music this was not really enjoyable and there was no Aussie band playing at all! Even the DJ who came on later played all random nightclub stuff which no one enjoyed as there were lot's of complaining where we were. A small amount of water ski displays were shown with no fireworks (as previous years)...well not near the harbourside area anyway. We usually enjoy the ambience of Australia Day in Darling Harbour but this year was a fail. Probably not going to return to this area again anytime soon.
Written January 28, 2020
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