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Darling Harbour

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Address: Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
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+61 2 9240 8500
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No

Scenic entertainment complex that features shops, restaurants, museums and...

Scenic entertainment complex that features shops, restaurants, museums and other tourist attractions.

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Although in Sydney for only 4 days we were at Darling harbour 3 times. Choose a nearby hotel (we chose Pensione) and spend time either visiting Marine world or catching a harbour... read more

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Perth, Australia
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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Although in Sydney for only 4 days we were at Darling harbour 3 times. Choose a nearby hotel (we chose Pensione) and spend time either visiting Marine world or catching a harbour ferry to cruise the harbour or visit the Zoo. Restaraunts are abound, either side of the harbour with some up market dining or in the main, casual dining.... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Darling Harbour has it all! It's close to the city and there are many fabulous restaurants to choose from. I love it in the early morning too for a run, and feel quite safe as there are many other people exercising and enjoying the space at that time. There isa huge IMAX theatre and all the ferries and boat tours... More 

Thank 61Barb
Monterey, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

During our stay in Sydney we walked from our hotel to Darling Harbour. Lots of restaurants and interesting sights. Street life was quite entertaining with a troupe of street dancers delighting the tourists with their exceptional performances. A wonderful way to spend a few hours in Sydney.

Thank one1stop
Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We enjoy delicious food at the many restaurants and simply love the entire atmosphere. We have always felt safe and walk even later in the evening without worrying.

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is where we got off and spent two whole and a bit days just trudging round sydney. What a great place, the people are friendly and fit looking,good walking paths, cycling paths and really warm weather. We stayed at the IBIS which i will review later

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great Sushi Restaurant called "Umi Sushi + Udon" Beautiful sushi, fresh sashimi. All he food I've tried is fresh and beautiful.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Stayed at the Ibis hotel, which was booked for us as part of our detailed trip. I must say Darling Harbour is just the best place to stay. So much going on, plenty of energy and great places to eat and drink. Walking distance to the quayside where plenty of boat trips depart - including the ferry to Circular Quay.... More 

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Albion Park, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Plenty of things to do and see. Buskers everywhere on weekends and they are great entertainment. Some even get the kids involved and it was very enjoyable.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A beautiful place, well located and famous for hosting at at least 4 museums, with many options of restaurants or simply walk around to see the boats come and leave.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

smaller area than the Wharf but so pretty. a must see as part of your Sydney visit. darling Harbour is quite central and was actuallu nearer to our hotel than the wharf. Plenty of little restaurants and bars to sit and while away a couple of hours. lovely

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The original docklands of Darling Harbour have been transformed into a tourist mecca with entertainment for the whole family. Cockle Bay Wharf offers dining options from budget to upscale and million dollar views of the harbour. Young crowds gather on weekends for nightlife that ranges from salsa clubs to DJ's. Families can visit the Chinese Garden of Friendship or the Sydney Aquarium, one of the largest in the world. The Australian National Maritime Museum and the IMAX theatre are also popular attractions. The Harbourside Shopping Centre is a site unto itself, with hundreds of shops, restaurants and bars. On Saturdays in the summer, the city puts on a spectacular fireworks show along the harbour's shore and there are plenty of other free events during the year - Darling Harbour Fiesta, VIVID’s light installations and the Sydney Festival, just to name a few.
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