If you had only one day in Sydney, many would recommend you spend it enjoying the attractions of Darling Harbour on the waterfront near Sydney’s CBD.
Darling Harbour offers a feast of iconic Aussie experiences – a gorgeous and sheltered Sydney Harbour location with cool boats and big views, lots of fabulous places to wine and dine al fresco, day and night.
As if all that wasn’t enough, there are also an amazing array of native animals and marine creatures living right here in the middle of the city. You can meet them at Darling Harbour’s zoo and aquarium.
Darling Harbour Attractions – The Hit List
Wildlife Sydney Zoo in Darling Harbour has authentically recreated Australia’s iconic habitants and populated them with hordes of native animals, including koalas, wombats and tame kangaroos. Photo opportunities abound.
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium offers equally thrilling encounters – this time with marine creatures. Come and say hi to Rex, one of the world’s biggest crocodiles. Stroll through the underwater tunnel and check out sharks’ tummies. There are also snakes, penguins, sharks, stingrays, and thousands of colourful fish.
Madam Tussauds at Darling Harbour will introduce you to at least 75 big name stars and celebrities including locals Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman. Great fun for all ages.
IMAX Theatre has the world’s largest cinema screen – eight storeys high. It shows blockbusters and adventure films, in 2D and 3D.
9D Action Cinemas is a high-tech ‘action experience cinema’ that takes you on 3D immersive adventures that can feel thrillingly real.
Australian Maritime Museum on the northwest side of Darling Harbour has vessels at its wharves that you can go aboard and explore – including a real submarine. There are also excellent displays and activities.
Free Darling Harbour Attractions
Darling Harbour Kids Playground – a warning to parents: you’ll get pestered for repeat visits. And the old swings and slide at your local just won’t cut it anymore. This huge playground is one of the top Darling Harbour attractions, beautifully designed, and landscaped with shady trees.
Sightseeing in Darling Harbour – start at the most northern wharf and work your way around the bay to the other side. There are idyllic spots to stop, sit and admire the harbour, historic Pyrmont Bridge and the boats.
Chinese Garden of Friendship in the south end of Darling Harbour is an oasis of tranquillity and beauty, with flowing waterfalls, lagoons, pavilions, weeping willows and masses of greenery.
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