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“Well Worth the Walk”
Review of Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour
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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 older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed June 11, 2013

A stones throw from the bustle of the downtown core is this hive of activity. Situated on a horseshoe-shaped bay, this is a pleasant walk and a great spot to see the Sydney skyline from a completely different angle. It is a 15 minute walk from the heart of the city. The biggest movie screen in the southern hemisphere is found here too at the IMAX theatre. Many options are available for every craving of the food and beverage kind. From simple take-away gelato to towering seafood platters, it is all here! The National Maritime Museum is located at one end and it too is well worth a visit (entry fee). There are Naval vessels moored there, from antiquated replica tall ships to stealth submarines and the historical tour inside is fascinating. To cross from one side to the other by foot, the walker is treated to not only great views but also a short stroll, over one of the last operating 'pivot-bridges' in the country. The bridge periodically swivels to afford ships with tall masts entry to the refuge of this little harbour. The best value for food is found in the food-court inside the 2 level mini-mall located beside the convention centre entry doors. This is a great spot for lazy fish & chips, a high-end sit down dinner, a cold beer, a pleasant coffee or take in a movie. Great walk from the main hotels. Well worth the easy effort. There are countless shops to pick up everything from beautiful photographs to authentic Australian keepsakes. Highly recommend.

Thank Grant T
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Reviewed June 11, 2013

This is one of the best areas in Sydney, plenty to see and do.. some fantastic restaurants with great atmosphere.

Take your time when visiting as its worth the time to explore and enjoy all it has to offer.
We go there every time we visit Sydney and have always totally enjoyed ourselves.

Thank DrChip
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Reviewed June 10, 2013

There are some very good restaurants in Darling Harbour & plenty of choices. Great on a nice sunny evening & you take a ferry from the CBD (Circular Quay) Wharf for a relaxing evening

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Reviewed June 7, 2013

We took in Darling Harbor as part of our Hop on Hop off ferry tour. Main objective was to go to The Maritime Museum. We got off the ferry at the Darling Harbor stop planning to walk around to the Maritime Museum and possible go into the Aquarium. It was a school holiday and we quickly learned that all of the museums and attractions would be very crowded. So we took the monorail around the periphery to see what that was all about then got off at The Maritime Museum. Spent the entire day there and wished we had started there earlier. It was the best museum we visited in Australia. From the ships outside to the exhibits inside, it was a 5 Star experience. Great for old and young. You need to be able to walk for the outside exhibits but many things handicapped accessible inside. DO NOT MISS THIS ATTRACTION!!! Darling Harbor is very touristy and great for families. I am sure there is great night life for young people. Easy access by ferries or busses or monorail.

Thank JMac28046
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Reviewed June 6, 2013

Very worthwhile spending a bit of time wandering around the area. Try to hit it at food o'clock and preferably if you feel thirsty. Plenty of nosh and booze places with views of the water. Only a very short walk from the city leads to a pleasant afternoon.

Thank crazyed
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