Darling Harbour

"Darling Harbour - water views, great restaurants, bars and museums!"

It's another classic tourist area but it is packed with great bars, restaurants and museums so it is hard to resist, even for a local! It comes alive at night but can be equally enjoyed in the day.

Some History

Did you know that this area was pretty much an eye sore until the 1980's when it was decided to rejuvenate the Sydney's dieing harbour area.

It used to be a busy industrial area shipping the likes of wool, timber and grain.

The rejuvenation and redevelopment of this area was the largest project Australia has ever taken on. Today it is marvellous! It is really an extension of the city centre and has some of the best museums, shopping and restaurants Sydney has to offer.

What To See And Do

  • Visit the Maritime Museum - a great museum which even has an old boat moored outside.
  • Get to know a whole other world by visiting the Sydney Aquarium.
  • Visit one of the many restaurants There are so many great restaurant.

    But I have a couple of favourites:

    Hurricanes Bar and Grill (Harbourside) for an awesome steak or ribs and

    Chinta Ria Cocklebay Wharf(upstairs not too far from the IMAX theatre)for a great Thai experience.

    Or Nick's Seafood Restaurant on Cockle Bay Warf. It sometimes has all you can eat BBQ's which are great value for money

  • Hard Rock Cafe has recently opened on Darling Harbour too. A bit touristy but still an experience
  • Enjoy a drink in one of the many bars - Try Bungalow 8 or Cargo Bar on Kings Street Wharf. There is a whole new section of bars and restaurants recently opened to the right of the IMAX theatre. This areas is less busy and has some great offerings
  • Shop in Harbourside but personally I'd head into the city and the Queen Victoria Building for a better set of shops
  • See a 3D Movie by going to the IMAX theatre
  • If you have kids DO check out the new play area (again just to the right of the IMAX theatre) It has the best water play area (bring their swimmers or a change of clothes) - they can easily play here for a couple of hours
  • Wander right to the end of the strip here and you'll find the Chinese Gardens of Friendship. It is a beautiful serene spot but unfortunately you have to pay to enter. Good if you love gardens or need to find your zen again as there are lovely benches with great views to admire.
  • You will also find Paddy's market and Market City at the end of Darling Harbour passed the Gardens. Paddy's markets is only open Thursday to Sunday and has the best cheap souvenirs in the city - but be warned...there's plenty of tat here too. The Yum Cha restaurant upstairs in Market City is quite good. If you want to grab yourself some fruit and veg bargains, then head to the market on a Sunday just before they close, as they practically give away the stuff!
  • Check out what exhibitions are on at the Sydney Exhibition and Convention Centre.

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