Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia - Darling of a Place


Only a 5-minute walk from Sydney’s central business district, Darling Harbour is a “darling of a place” for Sydney locals and tourists for recreation and celebrating special occasions.


Dubbed as “Sydney’s favorite playground”, Darling Harbour has enough attractions to keep visitors entertained from sun up to sun down.

Easily the most popular leisure and recreation centre, Darling Harbour boasts a yearly visitor count of 1.3 million people. Queen Elizabeth II herself symbolically opened the newly renovated attraction in 1988

during Australia’s bicentennial celebrations.

Developed in the 1980s, Darling Harbour had once been a dirty,

dockland region. But the waterfront view had always been beautiful so

the government was inspired to reinvent Darling Harbour into a

recreation, dining, and shopping center.

Darling Harbour, Sydney, AU - Darling of a Place

Australians, being the great walkers they are, are fond of promenades, pathways, and walking tours. Darling Harbour has all these features, making it very popular with adults and kids alike. There are wide open spaces to run around in and plenty of attractions to suit every age and taste.


Attractions at Sydney’s Darling Harbour are:

  • Sydney Wildlife World – Sydney, Australia’s diverse wildlife in one great preserve. This is the newest addition to Sydney’s numerous attractions.
  • Sydney Aquarium – impressive tank with over11, 500 aquatic species indigenous to Australia.
  • Australian National Maritime Museum – Australia’s most popular museum on maritime history.
  • Chinese Garden of Friendship – a collaborative effort between Australia and China. 
  • IMAX Theatre – huge movie screen over 8 storeys high.
  • Sydney Art Gallery – diverse and interesting display of Australian works of art.
  • Powerhouse Museum – a true “power house” of Aussie culture and history. 
  • Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre – most popular venue for Australian events and conventions.
  • Cockle Bay Wharf and King Street Wharf – great dining and entertainment experience at these two venues.
  • Harbourside Shopping Centre – recreation, shopping, and great food all in one place.
    Outback Centre
  • The Star City – showcases local as well as foreign entertainment.
  • Tumbalong Park and Palm Grove – manicured gardens and parkland, great for special events such as weddings.
  • Paddy’s Markets – a supermarket type of market with both dry and wet goods.
  • Aboriginal Centre
  • Network Ten Office
  • Seven Network Office and Studios

The added attraction of a waterfront view gives Darling Harbour added attraction both for Sydneysiders and tourists alike. The entire bay is a catch-all

for all sorts of activities and a great place to spend your vacation.