Darling Harbour is a great place for a stroll along the Sydney waterfront, but be prepared to be distracted by its many activities including tourist attractions, dining, shopping, nightlife, festivals and more. There is almost no end of things to see and do in and around this exciting and vibrant part of Sydney where there are lots of things are happening both day and night.
Located at the western periphery of the Central Business District and the northern edge of Chinatown, Darling Harbour is very central and very easy to access by public transport. A Cinderella story, Darling Harbour was transformed from a decommissioned and run down NSW Railway's marshalling and freight yard, into a beautiful pedestrian friendly part of Sydney that is now very popular with tourists and locals alike. You can catch a Ferry at the Pyrmont Bay or King Street Wharf and enjoy a view of the harbour from the perspective of the water. You will often see a large cruise ship berthed on the east side of the harbour, an area now known as Barangaroo.
The harbour extends along both sides of Cockle Bay and beyond and offers a pleasant place to stroll and access to many of Sydney's major attractions. At the south end of Cockle Bay you will find the Sydney Visitor Centre and a little beyond that on the other side of Tumbalong Park you can enjoy a visit to the beautiful Chinese Garden of Friendship.
During the month of December there are fireworks every Saturday beginning about 9pm. For more information about events happening in and around Darling Harbour you may want to check out their official website: Darling Harbour.
Nearby attractions: Chinese Gardens, Imax Theatre, Sydney Aquarium, Wild Life Sydney, Madame Tussauds, Australian National Maritime Museum, Star Casino and Lyric Theatre, Sydney Town Hall and St Andrew's Cathedral.
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Germano M. Jun-04-2016
For sure it's one of my favorite spot in Sydney. It's a vibrant and beautiful area. During the daytime you can appreciate the nice view from the wharf and... Read More
Blessie V. Sep-07-2019
Oh Darling you're pretty. Darling Harbour is a tourist mecca like Circular Quay but is teeming with life. It has a firework show every Saturday and is host... Read More
Coy W. Nov-02-2019
This is a super touristy district however it's a great area to walk around. It's not as packed as Circular Quay and there's a bit more green space to relax... Read More
Accommodations near Darling Harbour:
|Train Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|Light Rail - L1||Harbourside or Pyrmont Bay||0 minutes|
|L2, T1, T2, T3 or T4||Town Hall||7 minutes|
|T1, T2, T3 or T8||Wynward||7 minutes|
How to get to Darling Harbour by Train
By Light Rail: Two Light Rail Stations on Line 1 serve the Pyrmont (west) side of Darling Harbour and access to the harbourside is evident as soon as you exit.
By Train or Light Rail L2: From Town Hall Station, walk north to Druitt Street and proceed west watching for the pedestrian ramp off to your right. Follow the ramp to the harbourside. From Wynward Station go right (south) on York Street then right again on Erskine Street and continue to the Wharfs (either is about a 7 minute walk).
You can also get access to Darling Harbour via pedestrian ramps from Market Street or King Street.
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