A Traveler’s Guide to Darling Harbour, Sydney

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Darling Harbour is Sydney’s posh dining, entertainment and leisure hub. A tourist magnet with its offerings of live shows, international cuisine and a variety of cruise tours. At night it is where locals converge to celebrate the end of a long working day. There’s lively music, food, and contagious laughter. Darling Harbour covers the whole area around Cockle Bay.Darling Harbour

When Australia was still an emerging colony of Great Britain, Darling Harbour was its biggest Industrial Sea Port. In the course of time, other harbors like Botany Bay which had a more strategic location for transportation of freights developed. As a result business at Darling Harbour declined and by the 1970s the area had begun to deteriorate. Fortunately, in 1984 the government commissioned a large-scale project to revive the area and restore business. By 1988, her majesty Queen Elizabeth II graced the opening ceremonies of the new and posh Darling Harbour. It has been transformed into a pedestrian area for leisure, dining, cruises, shopping and soulful nightlife.

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How to go to Darling Harbour

Sydney has a very efficient water public transportation system and you can easily ride a ferry to go to Darling Harbour. By train the closest station is Town Hall. From the train station walk eastward via Druitt or Market street, it will take around 15 minutes. By bus you can take Bus 443 from Circular Quay and get off at Darling Harbour. darling harbor, sydney, travel

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The Pyrmont Bridge, Darling , (Iza Sanchez Photography)


Madamme Tussaud Museum

Like other Madame Tussaud franchises around the world, the museum features life-size replicas of International celebrities, historical figures, music icons, athletes, world leaders and more. The museum houses over 70 figures, including some of Australia’s notable actors’ Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman.

Sydney Aquarium

The Sydney Aquarium is home to over 100 species of Marine life.

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Latin Band performing at Darling Harbour (Iza Sanchez Photography)

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Latin Women performing at Darling Harbour (Iza Sanchez Photography)


The Motor World Museum

This museum features over 200 models of cars and motorcycles from different eras.

The Powerhouse Museum

Built in what used to be a power plant, this museum is dedicated to science, technology, innovations in scientific research and the like.

National Maritime Museum, Sydney

Display Ship at the National Maritime Museum, Sydney, (Iza Sanchez Photography)

The National Maritime Museum

The museum features maritime culture and history. It has a wide array of sea vessels on display, many you would still see coursing through Sydney’s modern waterways.  In front of the museum, three retired sea vessels are docked. These include a warship, a submarine and a Viking ship which you can board for an additional fee. You can purchase a Big Ticket which includes access to all exhibits and tours on the display ships.

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Sydney Convention Center  –  A hotel and casino.

Harbour Side Mall – A complex for shopping and dining. Other recreational activities within the complex are bowling, billiards, cinemas and the IMAX theater.

Other Attractions Near Darling Harbour are Tumbalong Park and the Chinese Garden of Friendship

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Iza Sanchez

Iza Sanchez is a freelance ESL Teacher, adventurer and moderator of Take The Travel. She writes about solo-backpacking, travel saving tips and other awesome travel resources.

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2 Responses

  1. carla says:

    Hi Iza, this page makes me miss Australia so much. I just came back from a 20 day tour throughout Australia. I almost planned on living there. But I wasn’t very prepared. I love the photos that you captured of your experience, I hope you had a great time on your trip. I look forward to reading more about your travels. Thanks for sharing. Sincerely, Carla @ http://www.carlasgotthetravelbug.blogspot.com

    • Iza Sanchez says:

      Hi Carla! I fell in love Sydney too! It’s a gorgeous city and I wouldn’t mind living there myself. Yes, I had a wonderful time there and I hope to go back in the future. I plan to post most more articles about the other beaches I visited and the countless snapshots I took. I’m glad you like the photos. Feel free to visit the site again. Thanks for dropping-by. Cheers!

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