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Right in the hub of the Darling Harbour development is his relative oasis of Calm - The Chinese Garden created in 1988 to celebrate the bicentenary.
Its a delightful spot of weeping willows, wooden bridges, reflective lakes, waterfalls, Chinese tea houses surrounded by the very definate 21st century office and apartment blocks.
You can also dress up in Imperial Costumes if the fancy takes you and wander round the gardens.
The Outback Centre is a travel agent and souvenir shop in one. In the back there is also a theatre with a didgeridoo show going on every day at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. An aborignal guy tells something about the didge and then plays along with the music. Sometimes everyone has to participate in making the noises you have to say through the didge. If you blow through it nothing much will happen. It's quite funny if everyone is making howling noises like a dingo!! ;)) It was a really interesting show because of the story told and because there were also images of the Outback projected on the wall behind the performer.
One of the most touristy spots in Sydney has to be Darling Harbour. A great place to go out, and spend money in one of the many attractions. You can also just stroll around crossing the bridge to the other side and sit on one of the wooden benches while reading a book in the sunshine.
Some of the attractions on offer in Darling Harbour are the Maritime Museum, the IMAX theatre, the Aquarium and the Chinese Garden. I still haven't visited any of these sites, so I can't tell you yet if they are worth spending you're money on. If you walk just a few minutes further after you have crossed the bridge you can see Star City, a major complex with a casino, a hotel and many function rooms. I have worked here a few times and the place is really huuuuge. Check it out, but don't spend too much money in the casino ;)))
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Close to the train Station there is a China Town. It's not really a big area, but it is nice to walk here. There are some food courts with cheap and excellent Asian Food and the entrance portal to the main China Town street is beautiful.
Darling Harbour is a great place in Sydney and seems to be teeming with so many things to see and do. Its a hub for cafes, restaurants and entertainment, including the IMAX theatre and a few convention centers.
You'll also find a children's play area, The Chinese Gardens, Sydney Aquarium, Outback Center and a few shopping centers.
Darling Harbour has won dozens of design, construction and tourism awards, and is also home to the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre.
Whatever your interests, you’ll find something to delight: excellent attractions, world-class museums, exceptional shopping and a year round calendar of free outdoor events.
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Chinese Garden of Friendship
The few dollars that you'll spend on admission to this place will probably be some of the best money you spend in Sydney. The Garden is a very beautiful place, and very tranquil. It surrounds you with quiet brooks, cascading waterfalls, and traditional landscaping and design the likes of which are exceedingly rare outside China. It is not a very big garden, but you can easily lose yourself there, walking the paths, exploring, or just sitting on a boulder by one of the ponds, taking in the sunshine, the koi, the beauty of the place, and just contemplating life in general.
The garden was designed in Guangdong, Sydney's sister city in China, and was a gift to the city for Australia's bicentennial in 1988. Admission is A$6 for adults, cheaper for students/children.
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.
Northern Territory Cultural Center
Located in Darling Harbour, this place is neat to see. They specialize in Aboriginal arts and crafts, all for sale. They also have very pretty German girls who are very well versed in aboriginal cultural centers around Australia. Best of all, they have free demonstrations of the didjeridu several times per day. You learn a little about the instrument, its histoy, and how its played, complete with a picture show in the back while they play a short, three piece recital. The picture isn't good, but it was the only one we managed to get that is decipherable as we were still learning howo to work the camera.
Many hour, days, weeks can be spent here - there is indeed something for everyone!
Darling Harbour would have to be Sydneys most popular leisure and entertainment waterfront destination.
These are just a few of the things you can do here:-
40 restaurants, 30 bars and numerous cafes
Outdoor parks and playgrounds
National Maritime Museum
Chinese Friendship Gardens
Star City Casino
Sydney Aquarium and Sydney Wildlife World
Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre
Sydney Entertainment Centre
PLUS many shops and places to stay.
We have stayed at the Novotel Darling Harbour and I have also stayed at the Medina Darling Harbour. There are some great shows at the Star Casino - I have seen The Wizard of Oz, Mamma Mia and Priscilla Queen of the Desert.
There is also the ever-popular Monorail to get you around. It does a continuous loop through Darling Harbour and Central Sydney.
Although I haven't been inside the gardens, I sure want to recommend a visit to it. The entrance to the gardens looks amazing already. Inside you can find peace and quiet and a big chinese temple. The gardens are also called the gardens of friendship, and was a gift from the sister city of Sydney, Guangdong. When I get back to Sydnet at the end of my year in Australia, I will visit it, and hopefully can tell you more about my experiences.
Darling Harbour is a buzz of activity. There is a number of atactions such as the Aquarium, I-Max, Chinese Garden of Friendship, The Maritime Museum, Convention Center, numerous shops and restuarants. Darling Harbour is accesible by walking, bus, feey and even monorail.
Every visit we had to Drling Harbour was fun filled. We enjoy a good meal, some ice cream at the Lindt Cafe, The Chinese Garden of Friendship, The Aquarium, Maritime Center and the Auto Show at the Convention Center. It's a fun place to walk around and people watch.
Entertainment abound at Darling Harbour.
On my second visit to Sydney we stayed in a serviced apartment a stones throw from Darling Harbour, in the Piermont area.
Always plenty of buzz at Darling Harbour with its attractions including the IMAX cinema, huge exhibition centre, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Acquarium, Maritime Museum, shops and loads of bars and resturants. It is served by the monorail which is a handy way of getting to it from the main shopping area of Sydney, Pitt Street. Having said that it ain't that much of a walk.
One of my favourite eating places in Sydney is to be found in Darling Harbour, the Blackbird, scrumtious food at incredibly reasonable prices. It is located in Cockle Bay Wharf
Plenty on offer for kids here, they will love the IMAX cinema.
A handy thing to know is that the Piermont Bridge Hotel which sits just off Darling Harbour is open 24 hours a day!!! Just incase you fancy a cold one after losing all your money in the huge nearby casino!!!
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Darling Harbour is a beautiful waterfront leisure and entertainment destinations.
In 1812, Darling Harbour developed from a market wharf to what became a major industrial and goods-handling precinct.
A post-war immigration scheme saw many of Australia’s first immigrants set foot on Australian soil at Darling Harbour, my family included...
When Sydney was founded in 1788, the bay was called Long Bay, but because of the plentiful supply of shellfish found in this area, it soon became known as Cockle Bay.
The bay was again renamed in 1826, becoming Darling Harbour, in honour of Governor Ralph Darling Sydney’s Governor at the time.
Darling Harbour is home to the Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney Aquarium, IMAX Theatre and Powerhouse Museum..
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Ferry - To Darling Harbour
The Ferry trip to Darling Harbour was a great experience.. This is where you can really let loose with the camera.. The scenery is fantastic along the way, and you get to go under the Coathanger..(Bridge).
You also see a lot more of the city, than you otherwise would.
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