Darling Harbour is an iconic waterside precinct, located just a short walk from the heart of Sydney centre. It is a family friendly destination with a vast variety of waterfront dining options, museums, playgrounds and entertainment that are all children friendly.
Darling Harbour was originally occupied by the Gadigal people over 7000 years ago and when the first colonist fleet arrived in 1788, they took over, using the space as a hub for shipping and manufacturing. It was originally called Long Cove and then Cockle Bay because of the shells that piled high on the shore. In 1826 the name was changed to Darling Harbour, named after Governor Ralph Darling and continued operating as a shipping hub until 1984 when it was refurbished and returned to the people. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip arrived at Darling Harbour in 1988 to open the newly redeveloped precinct, drawing a crowd of over 10,000 people. Fast forward to 2022, Darling Harbour welcomed over 1.1 million visitors and remains a popular spot for gatherings to enjoy Sydney’s best harbour views.
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Darling Harbour is easily accessible through various modes of transport. The closest station to is Town Hall station; otherwise, visitors can also take the Sydney Light Rail to Paddy’s Market, Convention Centre or Pyrmont station and then walk. Attached to Darling Harbour is Cockle Bay and King Street Wharf that offers night clubs, bars and bistros that are serving up fine dining and cocktails which are the perfect locations for date spots or catching up with friends and family. It also features the Pyrmont Bridge which is the world’s oldest surviving electrically operated swing bridge allowing vessels that are too tall to travel under the bridge.
Being a popular tourist attraction, exciting events are constantly happening at Darling Harbour. It was home to the Giant Rubber Duck in 2013, Mov’in Boat Floating Cinemas in 2021 and currently there are fireworks on every Saturday at Cockle Bay at 9pm to attract visitors. The iconic Harbourside Shopping Centre that was onced filled with restaurants and retailers was recently closed in 2022 and is currently in the process of being demolished and redeveloped into a world-class retail, residential, commercial workplace and entertainment precinct.
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Other attractions within Darling Harbour include The Chinese Garden of Friendship, The International Convention Centre Sydney, The Powerhouse Museum and more. For family friendly activities, the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium is a top choice that offers access to the largest variety of Australian marine list and exhilarating experiences like swimming with sharks and stingrays. READ MORE ABOUT SEA LIFE SYDNEY AQUARIUM