Darling Harbour, Sydney

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    Darling Harbour

    by antistar Written May 20, 2015

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    The west side of Sydney's Central Business District has undergone a massive regeneration resulting in the "celebration space and leisure complex" called Darling Harbour. It sweeps down from Barangaroo Park and around Cockle Bay, to create an area filled with restaurants, shops, museums, green spaces and one of the best and biggest children's playgrounds I've seen.

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    Tourism centre

    by littleman Written Jan 10, 2015

    Darling Harbour is the main tourist area in Sydney.It is walking distance from city centre and has everything you need for a day out.Close to major hotels, casino,etc the harbour contains many bars,eatery's,IMAX theatre,Maritime museum,Aquarium,Waxworks,Cockle Bay Wharf,childrens area and rides,nearly every thing you can think of for a day out.The Habour can be reached by light rail from Central Station.When walking to the Harbour from the City centre you will walk through parts of Chinatown.I have found the prices for meals etc in Chinatown a lot less expensive than down on the harbour front if you are looking to save a few dollars.

    Maritime Museum Cockle Bay Wharf Aquarium,Waxworks, etc..

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    Darling Harbour - Sydney

    by CDM7 Updated Nov 22, 2014

    Darling Harbour is close to the city centre and has a large pedestrian and recreational area.There are plenty of attractions here,which include Sydney Entertainment Centre,Paddy's Market,Aboriginal Centre and the Chinese Garden of Friendship.Plenty of places overlooking the water were you can find a restaurant.
    Our accommodation at the Meriton Kent Street was just a 10 minute walk from this area.

    In photo three you can see the mono rail,which we managed to travel on when we were there.Unfortunately, this has now closed down and i understand is being dismantled.

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    Darling Harbour

    by globetrott Updated Oct 19, 2014

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    Darling Harbour

    Darling Harbour is a great recreation-area with various museums, an IMAX-cinema, cafes, restaurants , the aquarium, the Nautical Museum that includes various large ships and even a submarine on display in front of the museum, in the waters of Darling Harbour.It will need at least a whole day in order to enjoy and explore all of the various sights of Darling Harbour.
    These are some of the most important sights of Darling Harbour:
    The National Maritime Museum
    The Chinese Friendship Gardens
    The Powerhouse Museum
    The Star City Casino
    The IMAX Theatre
    The Sydney Aquarium & Wildlife World
    The Entertainment centre
    The Exhibition and Convention Centre
    lots of shops, bars, restaurants, playgrounds
    a Chou Chou Train

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    Santa Fest

    by cjg1 Updated Dec 24, 2013

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    Christmas time in Sydney is full of fun, festive events. One of our favorite's during our 2012 visit was Santa Fest in Darling Harbour. Santa Fest was a fun spectacle of parades, Santa on a jet pack flying over the harbour and an incredible fireworks display. My wife, I and our friend Laura had an amazing time watching the happenings from a pub while enjoying some drinks. This is a definte must see if in Sydney for the Christmas Season.

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    National Maritime Museum

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Nov 9, 2013

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    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.

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    Hard to find on foot

    by DEBBBEDB Written Mar 23, 2013

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    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.

    Maritime museum across from the aquarium penguin at the aquarium purple starfish at the aquarium Me filling a water bottle at Darling Harbour little train at Darling Harbour
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    View from Above

    by grandmaR Written Mar 22, 2013

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    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

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    Darling Harbour

    by cal6060 Updated Jul 19, 2011

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    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.

    Please visit the website to download its map,and discover more place to explore.

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    Outback Center

    by Gypsystravels Updated Apr 4, 2011

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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.

    Different sounds of the didjeridoo
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    Lots to see and do

    by daelight Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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!

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    Darling Harbour

    by bijo69 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

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    by grkboiler Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

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    `Stroll around Darling Harbour

    by Ramonq Written Mar 26, 2011

    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.

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    Ride the Ferris Wheel

    by cjg1 Updated Jan 7, 2011

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    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.

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