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“A manufactured attraction”
1 of 5 bubbles Review of Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour
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$52.98*
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Sydney, Bondi Beach and Kings Cross Afternoon Tour
Ranked #10 of 470 things to do in Sydney
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Scenic entertainment complex that features shops, restaurants, museums and other tourist attractions.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“A manufactured attraction”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2013

This was supposed to be vibrant and lively like Baltimore (its inspiration), but somebody lost the plot along the way. You can do better.

Visited October 2012
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“Expensive, crowded and lacks rubbish bins”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2013

Lunch here was expensive
I assume this is because the rent is high given the location
Be careful when dining ....if they ask you if you want 'still water' be prepared that it's still bottled water. Had a nice surprise when we were charged $13.50 for a bottle of San Pellegrino because we said we wanted still water.

I was later told when in Sydney and you're dining out, if you want tap water, you need to ask for it so that there's no confusion

Kids got an ice cream but we struggled to find bins
There are a few public bins but not enough for the amount of people in the area. This concerns me. No wonder the harbour is spoilt by the amount of litter that makes its way into the water

Choose the day and time you visit. We visited in Jan 2013 on a Sunday around lunchtime. It was very busy. Photo ops are difficult under such crowded conditions. I would revisit late in the afternoon or early morning to avoid crowds

Visited January 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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“Easy walking territory”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2013

Darling Harbour is filled with families because it is like the lungs of the city. Salt air. Places to sit and just watch people go by.

Visited September 2012
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“Family friendly all year”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2013

Darling Harbour is always busy as there's so much to see and do all year round for the whole family. We've been too many times to count, but it never gets boring! Everything from free entertainment to various museums and other attractions are surrounded by many restaurants, cafes and shops. The monorail passes overhead (not for much longer though, as it's been sold and is due to be dismantled) and all types of watercraft come in and out the harbour .. a bonus is to see the Pyrmont Bridge open when a larger boat has to enter. There's playgrounds for the kids and often themed attractions during festival times. Parking and accommodation are both available but the prices can be expensive. A visit to Sydney is not complete without seeing Darling Harbour.

Visited January 2013
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“The ultimate place to be with children on a hot day!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2013

Darling Harbour has a good selection of restaurants and pay-for attractions, but I really just wanted to highlight the fabulous (and free) children's play area. Lots of swings, slides, climbing things and a lovely large water play area with fountains and also 'rivers' that can be controlled by the children via sluice gates and movable dams. There is something to keep all ages of children from 1 to around 12 happy and entertained.

Visited January 2013
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