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There are plenty of things to do for the whole family at Darling Harbour, with so many of Sydney’s attractions to choose from. There’s hands-on fun, fabulous worlds to explore and open areas to run free.
Get up close to Australia’s extraordinary undersea creatures at Sydney Aquarium – Sydney’s #1 Attraction and one of the largest aquariums in the world. Catch a movie on the big screen at IMAX Theatre. Discover the history and the stories of the seas at the Australian National Maritime Museum. Visit the Powerhouse Museum – home to Australian history and culture.
Take a walk on the wild side at Sydney’s newest attraction, Sydney Wildlife World. You’ll discover nine unique Australian habitats – from a spectacular rainforest to the iconic red centre – showcasing more than 6,000 of Australia’s furry, scaly, hairy and spiky creatures.
For a change of pace, escape to a tranquil oasis in the heart of the city at the Chinese Garden of Friendship. Take a journey through the Chinese Garden of Friendship’s winding pathways and experience the serenity of its pavilions, lakes and waterfalls.
Star City Casino also offers a range of activities. The Lyric Theatre has presented a wide range of leading local and international entertainment events since opening in 1997. Experience one of Sydney's finest international or local shows at the Star City - Star Theatre.
All the main casino games like Blackjack, Craps, Baccarat, Sic Bo, Big Wheel, Roulette and Two Up are also available at Star City Casino.
Take a cruise on Sydney Harbour, peddle a paddleboat, get a bird’s eye view from Sydney’s Monorail or just walk along the foreshore of Cockle Bay. Darling Harbour is a great place to simply take time out.
Along with a program of fantastic free Sydney entertainment every week, Darling Harbour hosts seven free major annual events including the stunning Australia Day spectacular, the Latin American-inspired Fiesta, a Jazz Festival and the Hoopla acrobatic and street theatre festival.
Boat Show and a Book.
My second trip had me here during the last weekend of the boat show. The weather was wonderful. 23C and sunny. I sat outside at the end of Cockle Bay reading my book watching the world go by while enjoying the wonderful weather that wasn't the heat index of 40C I had left in NYC.
This was definitely one of the highlights of this trip.
VISIT THE NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM
When in Darling Harbour..the National Maritime museum is well worth the visit..The museum is free of charge ..There are guided (free) tours inside the Museum and galleries..There is a 210 seat cinema showing short films..so much Australian naval history here also with the stories of the four HMAS SYDNEY'S that have served in the Royal Australian Navy.See Kay Cottees yacht "FIRST LADY" in which she circumnavigated the world..and Ken Warby's world record fastest boat on the water...Outside the museum one can look look over ships at the wharf..ie: Destroyer HMAS VAMPIRE..Submarine HMAS ONSLOW..Tall ship JAMES CRAIG..Replica Captain Cooks ship ENDEAVOUR. part of the Heritage fleet moored here... Visit also the historical section of smaller boats wartime ship "KRAIT" and a immigrant boat that got many Vietnamese refugees to Australia.There is also an 1874 Lighthouse..and the welcome wall which is a tribute to the millions of immigrants that have crossed the oceans to settle here and call Australia home..This is wheelchair friendly..All information at ticket office inside museum entrance..
Open hours 9.30 AM -- 5.00 PM daily....closed Dec 25th..
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The James Craig is a fairly important part of our family with its ownership being traced to my ancestors. So everyone was thrilled when I finally said I've been to see it. I am planning to get out on a cruise on it on a future trip.
This wonderful Barque first set said from England on April 6 1874 and made many runs around the world supplying the growing areas of New Zealand and Australia as well as Oregon and Chile.
Hello, Darling (Harbour)
Primarily designed as a tourist precinct, Darling Harbour is home to many famous attractions for visitors to Sydney. Among nearby items of tourist interest are the Australian Maritime Museum, the IMAX Theater Sydney, the Powerhouse Museum and the world-famous Sydney Aquarium. (remember Finding Nemo?) The Chinese Garden, which is supposedly the largest Chinese-style garden outside China, is only a few blocks south of Cockle Bay and the Harbour's South Promenade.
In addition to these destinations, Darling Harbour has beaucoup smart shops, cafes and nightspots. These establishments are all over an area called the Cockle Bay Wharf. In general, it's quite a place to be in Sydney, pretty much any time of day.
Those of you who know me well know that I am a walker. I walk for exercise and relaxation. I particularly enjoyed the nice footbridge spanning the Darling Harbour. At night, it's an especially scenic part of Sydney. (see next tip)
In addition to being a tourist mecca, Darling Harbour is, ah........a very picturesque harbour, too. Imagine that. : )
A Bridge Over Peaceful Waters
The Darling Harbour Footbridge
As mentioned in the previous Darling Harbour tip, I love to walk. The lengthy footbridge that crosses Darling Harbour is a strollers delight. Wide and passable, even in the most crowded of conditions, the bridge offers numerous kiosks, vendors and views to make any visitor happy. We had the good fortune to be at Darling Harbour for sunset, and the views were fantastic.
Along the footbridge, you'll see the Sydney Aquarium, and you'll get a good look at the city's sleek and modern monorail. Once I convinced myself that seeing a monorail did NOT equal Disneyland, I found it much more enjoyable. : )
Anyway, take the time for a slow stroll across and back on the Darling Harbour Footbridge. It's just the thing to do after a nice meal.
CHINESE GARDENS ..DARLING HARBOUR..
When in Darling Harbour visit the Chinese Gardens..,a wonderful place for some peace and solitude is this amazing place right in the heart of the city..A result of a very close bond of friendship between the sister cities of Sydney and Guangzhou these gardens were designed and built by Chinese landscape architects and is governed by the five traditional principle of YIN-YANG and the five opposite elements earth ,fire,water,metal and wood..This is just a pleasure to walk through this wonderfully peaceful place and take in the ambience and listen to the water..sit and enjoy a pot of tea in the teahouse...a real credit to the architects of this place..The Gardens are open from 9-30 am to 5pm everyday except Xmas day and good Friday..
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Much to see and do here..Right in the centre of the Central Buisiness District..this is the centre of many Conventions that are held in Sydney..easy to get to by ferry from Circular Quay..The Monorail has a station and stops here..The local suburban train system ..get off at Town Hall Station and walk down the hill to Darling Harbour..a great place to just sit ..rest the feet ..have a coffee and watch the people go by ..or there are many attractions here...ie:The Maritime Museum..The Sydney Aquarium..a Wildlife native animal attraction.. The I Max Theatre..The Chinese Gardens.. a wonderful quiet place to take in the gardens peaceful ambience...located here are also many Restaurants..and various shops...This is really worth a visit while in Sydney...everything here is within easy walking distance..
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It's a REALLY BIG SHOW at the IMAX Theater
The IMAX theater, located at Sydney's Darling Harbour, is the world's largest such venue. Located on the southern promenade of the harbour, the theater screens four different films each day on its huge, eight story high, screen. Each show lasts about 50 minutes.
If you've never been to an IMAX theater, you're in for a treat. The shows are screened and filmed in such a way as to convince you that you're almost part of the scene yourself, especially if you're seeing a 3-D film.
Speaking of 3-D, the theater screens many 3-D features, for which you'll pay an extra A$1. Speaking of prices, admission to the theater is A$15 for adults, A$12 for students (have your official student ID card), A$10 for children. An entire family can gain admission for A$25, if I remember correctly.
Cockle Bay Warf
Cockle Bay is Darling Harbour's newest addition, home to some of Sydney's most highly awarded restaurants. The modern nautical design imbues a peaceful and open ambience conducive to outdoor and alfresco dining. Cockle Bay is also hoast to the Winter Concert Series. The series features a number of prestigous concert performances presented on a floating stage just off the shore in Cockle Bay.
Darling Harbour and Cockle Bay Wharf
Darling Harbour is intended to be one of Sydney's "buzz" places. Until now, Darling Harbour has been a place that has appealed more to little folk, due to the number of children's attractions, but the advent of the Cockle Wharf restaurant and cafe complex has added a new dimension to Darling Harbour.
Cockle Bay Wharf and King Street Wharf are two of the latest outdoor and indoor favourite dining and entertainment destinations, places where tourists and locals come to eat, drink, shop and generally be merry!!
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Darling Harbour Bridge
Darling Harbour is now one of the most recognised waterfront tourism destinations in Australia. It has a gorgeous view and harbour setting naturally - and within walking distance to other major attractions such as the Sydney Aquarium and the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre.
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Peaceful Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour is located at the north-west of Sydney. The Pyrmont Bridge laid across the harbour and the Monorail is just over the Bridge. i particularly like walking across this bridge and take a breezy breath. Also, the Monorail and Light Rail provides an easy access to attractions at the Darling Harbour side.
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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CHINESE GARDEN OF FRIENDSHIP
The Chinese Garden is located at the southern end of Darling Harbour.
It was designed in China for the Australian Bicentenary in 1988.
Make sure you take the time to wander through here at a leisurely pace. It is well worth the entrance fee.
Guarding the entrance are 2 Foo-dogs (chinese lions), which have been carved from rare Chinese granite. From here on there is a feeling of peacefulness, you can temporarily forget you're in a large city.
The path ways will take you past bonsai plants, ponds full of fish, chinese pavilions, bamboo, rock forms, a waterfall, lotus pond and a dragon wall.
Traditional ornate silk gowns are available for hire. take photos or videos using your own camera.
Stop for a cup of Chinese tea in the teahouse, or maybe have a bite to eat from their range of dumplings, pastries or cafe-style menu.
Browse through the gift shop on your way out.
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