Darling Harbour, Sydney

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A harbor within the giant Sydney Harbour, Darling Harbour buzzes with activity right next to downtown Sydney. Shopping centers, museums, entertainment centers, restaurants, the largest IMAX in the Southern Hemisphere, Madam Tussaud's Wax Museum, the Sydney Aquarium--the list goes on and on. You can head from attraction to attraction and then stay for dinner, or just stop in, snap a few photos, and people-watch from a cafe. For Darling Harbour and beyond, use our Sydney online travel planner to get the most from your Sydney vacation.
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  • The best way to travel to Darling Harbor is by ferry. This area has a casino, hotels, shops,restaurants, and a naval museum, plus many other attractions. Enjoy your stay.  more »
  • Sure is the best harbour in the world, from Circular Quay to Darling Harbour. Lots of good restaurants, bars, and things to see. Went to the Wax Museum and also the Aquarium.  more »
  • Shopping, eating, souvenirs, views! Great place to stroll, see the sights and meet people. We went waling at the harbour every day of our stay in Sydney.  more »
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  • What a beautiful place. Was great to walk around and take in the sights. Plenty of nice cafes to stop for a bite or coffee. Also loved seeing all the old ships... great history and explanations of everything. Wasn't far to walk around and then catch ferry to the other side
  • A very entertaining place to visit if you are in Sydney. Has big playground for kids. Has variety of shops. Plenty of food shops and restaurant plus the famous Hard Rock Cafe with souvenir shop at the ground floor. Provides a relaxing view of the water and boats
  • I love darling harbour, it's one of my favourite places!! It's beautiful down there on a nice sunny day. It's nice to just walk around or to take your own food there and sit by the water.. there are plenty of places to eat to suit varying budgets and there is a shopping centre there that has a decent variety of shops. If you're in Sydney it's a must
  • Been there on many occasions. The latest two have opened my eyes to the huge selection of places to eat. For a couple of dollars more than your fast food menus you can get a fabulous meal to remember the day with and again what a selection to have. Get there in the afternoons to enjoy the happy hour drink prices as well with your meal. Enjoy the sunshine or eat indoors there is plenty of space. Looking forward to trying a few more places with friends and family.
  • There are so many things to do at Darling Harbour. Many restaurants along the waterfront to choice from. Plenty of shops too get souvenir or high end products. The large playground area with an extensive water area will keep kids entertained and cool on the hot days. Plenty of tourist attractions are located in Darling Harbour. You can take your time and explore everything over multiple days, or do a whirlwind sampling, or just find a nice place to sit and enjoy the flow of traffic on the harbour. Visiting during the day and in the evening are two distinct experiences. The lights of the city and its skyline are quite picturesque from the wharf.

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Sydney offers visitors hundreds of lodging options in its central area, with choices suitable for most budgets. As expected in a major tourist destination, harbor views play a major role in determining room prices. Expect to pay more for ocean-view suites, especially if you visit at the peak of the tourist season or around big city events. If you don't need to stay in the center of Sydney, consider budget-friendly hotels near the airport, or look for smaller roadside motels in the city's South West neighborhood.
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