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Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour

Free admission
Sydney, New South Wales, 2000

The Basics

Darling Harbour is a staple of both Sydney sightseeing cruises and hop-on hop-off bus tours, which typically also stop at city highlights such as Sydney Opera House and Bondi Beach. However, you easily can dedicate an entire day to Darling Harbour itself. Maximize your time by booking a skip-the-line admission ticket to SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and the WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, which can get busy.

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Sydney Harbour Luxury Sailing Trip including Lunch
Sydney Harbour Luxury Sailing Trip including Lunch
star-4.5
$213.67 per adult
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Dave was the ultimate...
Dave was the ultimate host and provided such a memorable day for us. His knowledge of the bay was wonderful.
Carley_S, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Sydney

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Leanne_D, Jun 2022
Vivid 90-Minute Sydney Harbour Intimate Catamaran Cruise with Canapes
Friendly staff, good food, good wine, left on time. Great trip around the harbour. Plenty of room on board, not overcrowded, plenty of food. Will do again next year.
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It was good to view the...
Shashwata_S, Jun 2022
Vivid 90-Minute Sydney Harbour Intimate Catamaran Cruise with Canapes
It was good to view the city in the cruise Good food Good drinks Was a warm feeling nd most importantly smooth sail Good service
star-5
Sydney Harbour
andrew_r, Jun 2022
Private Luxury Cruise on Sydney Harbour for up to Six Guests
The Harbour on a fine day is hard to top. Beautiful scenery and informative commentary. Recommend to all travellers.
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boat cruise & staff was...
Jan_M, Jun 2022
Vivid 90-Minute Sydney Harbour Small Group Catamaran Cruise
boat cruise & staff was fantastic.. Enjoyed every minute.... Supplied complimentary drinks and snacks..
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Pichaya_H, Jun 2022
Vivid 90-Minute Sydney Harbour Intimate Catamaran Cruise with Canapes
Unbelievable and good service friendly good price and not to many people to the cruise we have more room walk around Thanks
star-4
Vivid Sydney from the water!
Audrey_B, Jun 2022
Vivid 90-Minute Sydney Harbour Intimate Catamaran Cruise with Canapes
Lovely views of Vivid Sydney , Opera house, bridge and Darling Harbor. Drinks were cold, canapés were hot, captain pointed out things we would have missed.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Darling Harbour offers an array of activities and is particularly suited to families.

  • All of the attractions are within walking distance of one another, so wear comfortable shoes.

  • There’s an abundance of restaurants, cafés, and nightlife options at Darling Harbour.

  • During the months of May through October, whale watching cruises depart from Darling Harbour.

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How to Get There

Darling Harbour is an easy 10–20 minute walk from Sydney’s central business district. You also can reach the harbor by water taxi, public ferry, or harbor cruise, the majority of which depart from Circular Quay near Sydney Opera House.

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Trip ideas

Things to Do During Sydney Mardi Gras

Things to Do During Sydney Mardi Gras


When to Get There

Although there’s plenty to do at the harbor in the day, Darling Harbour itself is at its most magical at night, when waterfront skyscrapers illuminate and reflect into the still water below. For the best nighttime views, admire the harbor from Pyrmont Bridge.

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Further Delights at Darling Harbour

In addition to an ever-changing program of cultural events, Darling Harbour boasts plenty of permanent attractions. Highlights include the Chinese Garden of Friendship, where pathways wind past waterfalls and exotic plants; the National Maritime Museum, home to a sailing ship and submarine; and the Darling Quarter Playground, which promises to keep kids entertained for hours.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Darling Harbour?
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Attractions near Darling Harbour:
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As well as visiting the Darling Harbour, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: