This building is one of the structures that I really wanted to visit. It has a very inventive architecture. The exhibits inside are free but I found them somewhat uninteresting. The main attraction is the collection of historical ships found outside that have been converted into living museums. This collection is very valuable.
We wanted to go to the Aquarium from the AMP tower but we had a hard time getting there. We saw a lot of the other attractions at Darling Harbor, but didn't go to any except the Aquarium. We looked at the little trolley-train that rode people around but I didn't want to fold up my grandmother's scooter to ride it.
The neatest thing I saw there was a drinking fountain where you could also fill water bottles.
We 'saw' Darling Harbour from the hop-on-hop-off bus, but it was at night so we couldn't see much of it. And we also saw some of it from the AMP Tower when we were having lunch. After lunch we went down to the Aquarium which is there, but we did not get to visit the Australian National Maritime Museum or do any of the other activities
Darling Harbour is what was a run-down dockland area, rebuilt back in the eighties at a cost of around a billion dollars, as a major attraction.
It has shops, restaurants, the Maritime Museum, an Australian wildlife park, an aquarium, the Chinese Garden, Powerhouse Museum plus the city's main exhibition centre. There's also the world's largest cinema screen at IMAX, plus theatres, and of course gambling, at Crown casino and Sydney Entertainmant Centre with its major shows.
it's adjacent to Chinatown and Paddy's Market and it's a short stroll into the city centre.
Darling Harbour has a lot more to offer than just a Harbour and restaurants, but it got parks, art and cultures, a beautiful bay with city skyline, and even a Wildlife world and an Aquarium.
After visiting Paddy Market, I walked to Chinese Garden, and took some pictures with Skyview Observation Wheel. I continued walking along Urban Stream, and stopped at Sydney Visitor Centre. The first time I saw the Cockle Bay, I thought it had stunning views of the bay with Pymont Bridge and the City skyline. I walked along the bay, and passed by restaurants, cubs, and shops at Harbourside Shopping Mall. Before I crossed the Pyrmont Bridge, I saw Australian National Maritime Museum and outdoor display of submarine. When I crossed the bridge, I saw Sydney Wildlife World and Sydney Aquarium, but I did not visit them. I exprienced the Pyrmont Bridge swung to another end to let a ferry went into Cockle Bay. After I crossed the bridge, I saw this beautiful asian restaurant named "Chinta Ria" meaning " "Temple of Love" in English. I belived this restaurant is opened by someone from Southeast Asia as its name is either Malay or Indonesian origin.
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We had just finished exploring China Town and decided to just walk as I enjoy doing in any city.
Located in Darling Harbour was this Outback Center promoting Outback Australia and Aboriginal Culture. The center has a wide range of outback and aborigal art for sale. The part I enjoyed most was their "Sounds of the Outback".
The story takes place in the outback and is told by a young man and his son who perform the various stories with a wide range of " didjeridoos". The performance is breathtaking with a projector on the background projecting all the beautiful views of the outback.
I can not recall the young man's name, but his story was quite compelling. Living in Sydney alone with his mother, after his father abandoned them, he got into a lot of trouble and his mother shipped him to his grandparent's home who lived in the outback. He learned about his culture and how to tell stories with his didjeridoo. After many years of studying the didjeridoo and how to tell these stories, he realized how important his culture and heritage were for him and how he wanted to conserve it for his children. As part of his conservation, he is now part of the "Sounds of the Outback". His performances are free and he doesn't recieve any payment from the Outback Center, so he does ask for a small donation to support himself and his family.
If you find yourself in Darling Harbour, make it a point to come by and see this fantastic performance.
Wow, Darling Harbour .. so much in such small place. Just loved it! Every week there seemed to be an event to go along and see. Lots of open air music and entertainment. Just look out for the flags and the flyers, guaranteed great day / night!
Darling Harbour is a re-developped dockland area where you ca spend easily a few days sightseeing. You've got a couple of museums, the Sydney Aquarium, an Imax theatre, lots of restaurants and caf?s, hotels....
You can reach Darling Harbour by ferry, bus or monorail.
This is a huge tourist area in Sydney, loaded with restaurants, bars, and activities. There is a shopping mall and markets, an IMAX Theatre, museums (including the Sydney Aquarium), Chinese Garden, hotels, and exhibition halls. There is also some good nightlife.
You can access Darling Harbour from the monorail at the city centre.
This is one of Sydney's main entertainment district. It used to be the site of an industrial port but was transformed in the 1980's into an entertainment centre as part of Australia's Bicentennial Celebration. Darling Harbour has a wide collection of pubs, restaurants, clubs, as well as theatres, museums and a convention centre which is enough to satisfy your average tourist. It offers a great view of the city skyline as well as the harbour thus making it a hit with visitors to the city.
During our latest trip to Sydney in November 2010; there was a Ferris Wheel installed at Darling Harbour close to the Chinese Gardens. This was new even thogh we had just been here in March 2010. It reminded me of the London Eye on a smaller scale. I don't know if it is a permanent fixture but it definitely wasn't a popular one. We never saw anyone paying the $20 to ride it.
During our last visit to Sydney Darling Harbour was decked out for Christmas. Christmas trees, lights, wreaths and banners. During the Christmas season, Daling Harbour has a series of events from Santa Claus, fireworks and various parties.
Being from New York we are so accustomed to Christmas being cold weather; this was a nice change to have beautiful warm weather.
Darling Harbour is a section of the city where there is a number of entertainment and leisure establishments. There are a number of shops which you can visit and have some retail therapy. If you are into wildlife you can also visit the Sydney Aquarium and Sydney Wildlife Zoo. If you want to eat there are a number of fine restaurants which will suit your cravings. On lazy days you can just walk around the area and enjoy the beautiful surroundings and feel the cold wind brushing by you.
The HMAS Advance is on display at the Maritime Center. This Attack class patrol boat was commissioned in 1968 and decommissioned in 1988. Advance was one of 20 Attack class patrol boats built for the Royal Australian Navy between 1967 and 1969. The Advance helped shadow Russian fishing boats suspected of spying, followed illegal fishing boats, chased smugglers, provided search and rescue, and helped survey the West Coast. The Advance has a steel and the superstructure is aluminum. It is armed for small-scale encounters, with one 40-mm Bofors gun and two 0.5-inch Browning machine guns to fire warning shots across the bow of a suspect vessel.The Advance is still used during Maritime events but not available for public tours.
I have a love of ships and water vessels, probably due to my Naval past so it is always pleasurable to see such vessels up close and personal.
During our visit in 2010; Sydney was celebrating Chinese New Year. Various events were happening all over the city. One event in particular interested us most: the Dragon Boat Races. On Saturday February 27th over 3000 paddlers raced on their Dragon Boats in Darling Harbour. The race starts in the middle of the Harbour and ends at Cockle Bay. It is an energetic race to the finish with spectators cheering on their favorite teams.
The race began early in the morning so Liz and I got up early to get a seat. Darling Harbour was mobbed with tons of spectator and teams of Dragon Boat Racers. We managed to get a seat and waited for the fun to start. It was amazing to watch team after team race to the finish. The eye dotting ceremony was also a big interest. Red paint is dabbed on the center of each dragon's forehead; to "awaken" the dragon boat's blind dragon.
This was a fun experience and I was glad we were here to see it.