The first major bay to the east of Sydney Cove, Darling Harbour was for many years an industrial docklands and goods railway terminal. It was redeveloped as an Australian Bicentennial project in the 1980s. The Chinatown district has dozens of shops and restaurants offering a wide variety of Asian cuisine and produce; the Sydney Fish Markets have restaurants, cafes, picnic and barbecue facilities as well as shops selling fresh seafood; the Cockle Bay and King Street Wharves are recent additions to the Darling Harbour area with eateries offering a broad variety of waterfront dining experiences.
The locality extends northwards from Chinatown, along both sides of Cockle Bay to Darling Harbour wharf on the east, and to the suburb of Pyrmont on the west. Cockle Bay is just one of the waterways that makes up Darling Harbour, which opens north into the much larger Port Jackson.
Darling Harbour is named after Lieutenant-General Ralph Darling, who was Governor of New South Wales from 1825 to 1831. It was originally part of the commercial port of Sydney, including the Darling Harbour Railway Goods Yard. During the Great Depression, the eastern part of Darling Harbour (Barangaroo) became known as The Hungry Mile, a reference to the waterside workers searching for jobs along the wharves.
How To Get There
By light rail: from Central Railway Station
By ferry: regular services depart from Circular Quay, Balmain and Lavender Bay.
Alternatively, walk east from the Sydney central business district via King, Market, Bathurst, Liverpool, Goulburn or Hay Streets.
The Powerhouse Museum is home to a diverse collection of technological exhibitions revolving around the Decorative Arts, Science, Communication, Transport, Costume, Furniture, Computer technology, Space technology and Steam engines. It includes over 400,000 artefacts and is a popular attraction for the whole family.
SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium
SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium contains a large variety of Australian aquatic life, displaying more than 700 species comprising more than 13,000 individual fish and other sea and water creatures from most of Australia's water habitats.
The local area s most discerning critics, kids, are raving about the 5 hectare park, which is as much fun as its title suggests. Your family will love the sprawling play areas, which transform the area into a kid s dream water park. Public toilets, cafes and restaurants are located on the park's fringes.
The Star Sydney
The Star Sydney Casino is the second largest in Australia, narrowly losing out to Melbourne s Crown Casino. It is the only legal casino in Sydney and is the ideal destination for hot spotting international celebrities. It features two gaming floors, eight bars, seven restaurants, a 2,000 seat Lyric Theatre, 351 hotel rooms and 130 serviced and privately owned apartments.
Sydney Heritage Fleet
Sydney Heritage Fleet, also known as the Sydney Maritime Museum, is a private not-for-profit museum located in Darling Harbour and in Rozelle Bay. The Fleet restores and operates a large number of historic vessels including the barque James Craig.
9D Action Cinemas
Experience the latest in dynamic, multi-dimensional small theatre movie entertainment. Immerse yourself in stimulating and exciting 3D movies & created especially for 9D. Engage your senses with surround sound, 'active motion' luxury seats and dramatic effects such as rain, fog, lightning, wind, snow, touch and feel.
National Maritime Museum
The Australian National Maritime Museum is located in the heart of dynamic Darling Harbour, and hosts one of the largest maritime collections in the world, including over 40, 000 objects and 14 vessels from Australia s naval history.
Chinese Garden of Friendship
Discover, explore, revitalise and relax in the Chinese Garden of Friendship! Initiated by the local Chinese community to share their rich cultural heritage and celebrate Australia's 1988 Bicentenary, the Chinese Garden is the result of a close bond of friendship and cooperation between the sister cities of Sydney and Guangzhou, China.
Wildlife Sydney Zoo
Wild Life Sydney is a wildlife park located at Darling Harbour, Sydney. It is situated right next to the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium and Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. Wild Life Sydney is the most unique wildlife park in the country, with such a diverse selection of animals to come and see.
Harbourside Shopping Centre
A wide range of unique dining, shopping and leisure experiences await you at Harbourside Shopping Centre. The Harbourside Information Desk is located on Level 2, near Thai Foon. Our friendly team will be able to assist with directions, in centre services and events.
King Street Wharf
King Street Wharf is a waterfront dining precinct in the heart of Sydney on the shores of Darling Harbour. The diversity and selection of restaurants and bars are amongst Sydney s best. The footbridge at the harbour end of King Street leads directly to Lime Street.
Madame Tussauds Sydney
Madame Tussauds is the ultimate celebrity fun day out. Get up close to an all-star cast of the world s best known personalities and heroes including A-list celebrities, sports heroes, rock legends, world leaders and an array of home-grown Australian legends. Take photos with your favourites.
International Convention Centre Sydney is Australia's first and largest fully integrated convention, exhibition and entertainment centre. Created as a multipurpose event space, ICC Sydney has over 70 meeting rooms, three theatres and two formal ballrooms. It is capable of holding three entirely separate, self-sufficient, concurrent events.
Inner City Walks
A selection of self guided walks in and around the inner city area, covering history and heritage, attractions, things to see and do, architecture, and more.
Pyrmont bridge, which was opened to traffic on 28th June 1902, was the world's first electrically operated swingspan. Driven by power from the Ultimo Power Station, which now houses the Powerhouse Museum, it follows the design of Percy Allan, who achieved international acclaim for it and went on to design 583 more bridges worldwide.
HMB Endeavour Replica
The Australian-built replica of James Cook's HMB Endeavour is one of the world's most accurate maritime replica vessels. When you come on board you may wonder whether James Cook and his crew have just stepped ashore somewhere on their voyage. The table is set, clothes are hung and the cat is slumbering.