Darling Harbour

Experience the magic of Sydney's Darling Harbour featuring great shopping, entertainment, plus a range of dining options catering for all tastes and budgets.

Darling Harbour Quick Facts:

  • Named after Lieutenant-General Ralph Darling, Governor of New South Wales (1825 – 1831)
  • 1812 - became a major industrial and goods-handling precinct
  • Mid 1970s - a series of empty warehouses
  • 1984, NSW Government announced the area would be redeveloped for leisure, culture and business for the people of Sydney.
  • Re-opened in 1988 by Queens Elizabeth II, during Australia's Bicentennial Celebrations
  • Waterfront location
  • Easy walking distance of the heart of the city
  • Shopping - over 120 retail outlets at Harbourside
  • Food & Wine – More than 50 restaurants and cafes
  • Features:
    • Harbourside Shopping Centre
    • Sydney Entertainment Centre
    • Paddy's Market
    • Sydney's Chinese Gardens
    • Tumbalong Park
    • Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre
    • Australian National Maritime Museum
    • Star City Casino
    • Powerhouse Museum
    • Sydney Aquarium
    • The LG IMAX theatre
    • Sydney Wildlife World
    • Aboriginal Centre


  • Cockle Bay Wharf  opened 30 Oct 1998
    • Gardens designed by Eric Kuhne and the Royal Botanic Gardens
    • Restaurants & Cafes
    • Bars
    • Takeaways
    • Event venues
    • Home to Sydney’s largest nightclub

Getting Around

  • Darling Harbour is a 10-minute stroll from the CBD, Pyrmont/Ultimo and Haymarket.
  • From Town Hall station you can exit via the QVB and walk across the pedestrian bridge from Market street; or walk from Central Station through Haymarket.
  • You can also take the Sydney Light Rail to get to Darling Harbour.
  • There are regular Sydney Ferries from Circular Quay to the Sydney Aquarium and Maritime Museum wharves.
  • Alternatively there are a range of water taxi services from Circular Quay.
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