Darling Harbour / Casino, Sydney
What you now have is an Entertainment Centre, Sydney Aquarium, Star City Casino, IMAX Theatre (pic 4), Powerhouse Museum, 5 star accommodation - and that's just to name a few!
There are also pleasant things like the Japanese Gardens and lots of fountains. Needless to say shopping, especially for souvenirs, is another activity many people undertake. By day or night, this is well worth a look.
Fondest memory: The Maritime Museum has features other than the Endeavour. You can climb aboard HMAS Onslow, a submarine, if you so choose. There's also a frigate and assorted smaller craft as well as a lighthouse as you can clearly see in picture 5.
The eastern side now has a modern architectural front (pic 3) with things jutting out everywhere so your eye is continally pondering unusual shapes.
Imagine, a working-type bunch of wharves clearly showing the ravages of time, falling into disuse as the methods of carrying cargo are changing rapidly.
What to do? Turn it into a world class attraction of course!
One of the largest aquariums in the world, the Sydney Aquarium, with more than 5000 different Australian fish displayed in their natural habitats is here. Visitors can "walk on the ocean floor" through 145 metres (480 ft) of acrylic underwater tunnels. The aquarium is open 9.30am-9pm daily, with the last admission at 8pm.
Fondest memory: The features of this spot include Chinese Gardens, Powerhouse Museum and the standout National Maritime Museum.
The latter is comprehensive, covering things such as aborigines' use of the sea, surf lifesaving, a VIetnamese refugee craft and a reconstructed lighthouse, in addition to the usual things you would expect to see............such as boats!
A replica "Endeavour", the collier that James Cook ventured to Australia on, a destroyer and a submarine are some of the exhibits to enjoy. The replica itself spent 11 years wandering the world's oceans before it finally rested here.
Darling Harbour is one of the world's great waterfront destinations. With its spectacular harbour setting, Darling Harbour has many of Australia's key tourist attractions and it’s also a favourite place for Sydneysiders to spend their time relaxing and celebrating.
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Fondest memory: Sydney Aquarium - one of the largest in the world with over 11,500 all Australian aquatic animals
Australian National Maritime Museum – free entry to Australia’s most-visited maritime museum
Chinese Garden of Friendship – a cultural oasis in the heart of Sydney
IMAX Theatre – catch a movie on this giant screen, more than eight storeys high
Powerhouse Museum – home to Australian culture and history
Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre – Australia’s premier venue for major events and conferences
Cockle Bay Wharf and King Street Wharf – two of Sydney's favourite dining and entertainment destinations
Harbourside Shopping Centre – offers a unique shopping, dining and leisure experience
Like all large cities, Sydney boasts a Chinatown. Like in all Chinatowns, most people go there to do one thing, eat. Maybe they'll buy a few trinkets, but mostly people go to eat. This one is no exception, though they call the dim-sum, yum-cha. Its no cleaner and no more fluent in English than any other Chinatown, but if you're hungry, you can get a good Chinese meal here. Ramonq of VT knows the place to go.
Fondest memory: I found the food here to be nearly identical to that found in Chinatowns across North America and Europe. If you like Chinese food, it won't hold any surprises for you and can generally be considiered a "sure thing".
Darling Harbour is accessible by Monorail, Bus, Lightrail or Ferry, or just a short walk from the City Central Business District or our Chinatown. It boasts some of Australia's finest museums and entertainment facilities and is a well known conference and exhibition centre.
Sydney Aquarium with the largest collection of Australian marine life, some dangerous, all beautiful.
The Powerhouse Museum - Sydney's Distinguished and Largest Museum.
Panasonic Imax - 2D and 3D movies on a huge screen.
Chinese Garden of Friendship - A peaceful garden setting of ponds and waterfalls. Given by the Guangdong province it celebrates the contribution of Chinese culture to our way of life in Australia.
Sega World - Everything from 3D underwater missions to outer space - Arcade Games and Rides.
Located in a rare and unique setting, by Sydney's amazing harbour and one of Sydney's most famous landmarks Luna Park.
As times have changed so has this use of this much loved theme park, Milsons Landing will soon pave the way for new age business parks of the future.
Luna Park is destined to become Sydney's largest corporate entertainment, meetings and functions complex providing an exceptional and innovative venue for entertaining clients.
While being in Sydney I enjoyed the quite moments sitting on the steps at Darling Harbour. While sitting on these steps you can have a look at the wonderful bay, check out some of the boats who are docked there and look at the people passing by... and off course you can't forget the frequently passing monorail.
Just enjoying the sounds of the ocean, the people and the city life are recomforting when you are hassling to find cheap accomodations or deciding to were to spend your evening.
Fondest memory: Once, I was sitting there when 2 of the Harbour taxis collided in the waters... quite funny to see and this was my special moment which brought a perfect smile on my face and launched me to meet new people in several bars... Some moments are just unforgettable !!
Favorite thing: If you are visiting Sydney you have to see the Aquarium in Darling Harbour, the main port. In Aquarium you can find very interesting things about sealife of different kinds of fishes and bigger like sharks,whales and more. Also, you will see things about life in rivers,lakes and swamps.You will spend more than 5 hours to see all of them!
Take a trip on Darling Harbor. You can rent boats down by the docks, just around the corner from the Opera House. Sydney is such a lovely place, even in bad weather which I had none of by the way. There are numerous different companies which do these boat tours, the one I rode on provided food along the way.
Fondest memory: The view of the Sydney opera house from the Darling Harbor boat cruise was by far my fondest memory of this activity. The sun was going down at the time and it was very pretty out.
Sydney Chinatown is rather smacked well located - very much within the city; it is bounded by Dixon, Hay Sussex and Liverpool Streets.
As a student I used to come here for my groceries shopping for the best cut of pork, the fresh fruits from Paddy Market and some nice fresh seafood although from not too faraway Pyrmont markets. But my favourite was to come to Chinatown for Yum Cha. Many many years have passed, even my favourite restaurants have relocated....Marigold restaurant used to be in Sussex street is now along George Street - high up on the 4th and 5th floor of some building. My favourite shop to buy Chinese groceries Burlington (everhthing you can think off then!) is no longer in sight. Some shops stayed on - such as BBQ King (Tuck Kay) serving good old days roast duck and soya chicken, suckling pig, roast goose etc stil the same albeit the waiters are clad in red tops!!! Opposite is Maxim confectionery still selling all kinds of buns. There is another bakery seen with lots of sponge filled cakes. And of course lots of jewellery shop and also lots of exotic seafood such as abalone shops now!!!
The famous Paddy's Market is now situated on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays where deals and haggling of prices takes place. Above Paddy market is Market city, built by good ol' Malaysian tycoon Robert Kuok. In market city, yoiu have lots of shops, and some are bargain stores such as Ken Done previous seasons' outlets, Adairs Bed Linens store etc....great place to spend money quickly. But I come to Market city for Kam Fook restaurant - very bustling restaurant with tanks of fresh live seafood - you can ake a pick of which one you want and they can cook it to your liking.
Full of fun things to see and to do, Darling Harbour is a great place to spend a day visiting attractions that cater all ages and tastes. (You need more than a day to make the most of it.) Take a stroll, go shopping, indulge your interest in history, movies, wildlife and more. And in the evening, sample the many great dining opportunities that abound in this area. You can find here the Sydney Aquarium (see further), Cockle Bay Wharf (Some of the city's most highly awarded restaurants are to be found in this stylish setting.),
Panasonic IMAX, Chinese Garden of Friendship (see further), Sydney's Paddy's Markets and Market City (Souvenirs, gifts and 200 special stores, plus Australia's largest yum cha.),
Powerhouse Museum, Harbour Side, Australian Maritime Museum, Star City/Buran and Water Screens (Evening shows of light, sound, lasers and water.). Personal I didn't visit all of it, but I want you to give an impression of things to see and to do at the Darling Harbour. See for more pics and info in the Darling Harbour travelogue please.
...go to the Sydney Aquarium. Of course, only if you like undersea world. It is really great there! You can see Sharks, Fishes and other sea-animals. If you like beaches, go to the Bondi Beach. It is one of the best beaches i´ve ever seen!
Fondest memory: Dancing Salsa in some latin Bar in Darling Harbour! It was on the latino festival in Sydney. Photo: a part of me, dancing salsa...this perfect photo made my friend Ivana...
A visit to the Aquarium is my top tip for someone who has a few days to spend in Sydney. Well designed, beautifully presented and a magical experience.
Fondest memory: Cruising around Sydney by ferry is a great way to get a real flavour of the city, and a chance to meet locals and travellers alike. With the sun shining, the Opera House in view even living and working in Sydney feels like a holiday.
Fondest memory: Daring Harbour offers a variety of tourist attractions, visit the amazing Imax Theatre, or learn something new at the Powerhouse Museum. Take a stroll through the peaceful Chinese Gardens, visit the world class Sydney Aquarium, shop till you drop, then recharge your batteries at one of the fabulous restaurants or eateries.
Favorite thing: The Sydney aquarium is one of the largest in the world. It offers an interesting insight into the fishes and creatures that lie in the depths of sydney harbour and around the NSW coast. The underwater tunnel complete with jelly fish and sharks certainly made me very relieved not to be swimming in the olympic triathlon through the harbour. I'm sure the event got some of the best times in history when the thought of SHARKS hit the athletes.