Darling Harbour

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Darling Harbour featuring night scenes, city views and a bay or harbour

The best place to get acquainted with Sidney's nautical passions – sailing, pleasure-boating, whale watching – or the Maritime Museum if you prefer dry land.

Sydney loves the sea – it is after all shot through with the deep blue inlet of Sydney Harbour – and it indulges its visitors with a plethora of harbours, coves, marinas and bays. But one of the best places to get nautical is Darling Harbour, with its cluster of quays, museums, restaurants and markets. The next bay around from Circular Quay, Darling Harbour was once the city's commercial port and a massive railway shunting yard. You'd hardly guess that today. The whole area has been reworked into a shiny pedestrianized waterfront.

The attraction that first draws the eye is the Australian National Maritime Museum. Or rather the 122-metre naval destroyer, HMAS Vampire, parked outside the museum. It is over 60 years old, and was the last serving gun-destroyer of the Royal Australian Navy. It can be boarded and explored, along with the navy submarine parked alongside. And you can step right back to the start of Australia's naval heritage when you board the sailing ship behind – the HM Bark Endeavour, which is an exact replica of Captain James Cook's famous vessel that 'discovered' Australia for the Europeans.

Of course, the Aborigines got here a little while before him, and their relationship with the sea is explored at the Museum too. You can see the artistic side of Australia's first inhabitants at the Gavala Aborigine Art Centre, which sells original Aborigine art. Darling Harbour is also a launching point for messing about in the water – jet-boating, sailing trips and cruises can all be booked here. Some of the most exciting are the whale-spotting cruises, which almost guarantee you a humpback, and even a sighting of a blue whale, during 3 hours out on the waves.

And if your sea-legs won't go that far, you can always take in the marine wildlife at the Sydney Aquarium – or do some retail-therapy (piscine-style) at the Sydney Fish Market. More likely the Harbourside Shopping Centre will appeal for that, though, which has a great haul of the best in modern Oz shops, restaurants and waterfront cafés.


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Meriton Suites Sussex Street
Meriton Suites Sussex Street
5 out of 5
234 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW
The price is NZ$159 per night from 9 Feb. to 10 Feb.
Located in Darling Harbour, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sydney Town Hall, SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, and International Convention Centre ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (373 reviews)
"Meriton Suites on Sussex Street is located close to restaurants, shopping areas, Town Hall train station and Darling Harbour."

Reviewed on 10 Jan. 2022

Meriton Suites Sussex Street
Hyatt Regency Sydney
Hyatt Regency Sydney
5 out of 5
161 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW
The price is NZ$266 per night from 30 Jan. to 31 Jan.
Located in Darling Harbour, this luxury hotel is steps away from Wild Life Sydney Zoo and SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium. King Street Wharf and Sydney Town Hall are ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,153 reviews)
"Great room and service. Great all you can eat breakfast. Great location"

Reviewed on 16 Jan. 2022

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The Darling at the Star
The Darling at the Star
5 out of 5
80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont, NSW
The price is NZ$314 per night from 8 Feb. to 9 Feb.
Located in Darling Harbour, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Star Casino, International Convention Centre Sydney and SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium. ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (976 reviews)
"A great place to stay for a short luxury getaway. The service was excellent. The staff went out of their way to be friendly and accommodating. I was upgraded to a better room without even requesting it, which was al overly surprise. The location is great, with some amazing signature restaurants a ..."

Reviewed on 28 Jan. 2022

The Darling at the Star
PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydney
PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydney
4.5 out of 5
150 Day St, Sydney, NSW
The price is NZ$231 per night from 27 Feb. to 28 Feb.
Located in Darling Harbour, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sydney Town Hall, International Convention Centre Sydney, and SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,089 reviews)
"Staff were super helpful and friendly, the rooms were a great size (no need to walk sideways around the suitcase), and a great location for walking anywhere in the city."

Reviewed on 13 Jan. 2022

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YEHS Hotel Sydney Harbour Suites
YEHS Hotel Sydney Harbour Suites
4 out of 5
252 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW
The price is NZ$164 per night from 6 Feb. to 7 Feb.
Located in Darling Harbour, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Sydney Town Hall and Cockle Bay Wharf. Queen Victoria Building and Wild Life Sydney ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (114 reviews)
"The hotel was in a great location, between Town Hall and Darling Harbour. We were upgraded to a beautiful room. The staff were very friendly."

Reviewed on 20 Jan. 2022

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The Star Grand Hotel and Residences Sydney
The Star Grand Hotel and Residences Sydney
5 out of 5
80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont, NSW
The price is NZ$221 per night from 20 Feb. to 21 Feb.
Located in Darling Harbour, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Star Casino, International Convention Centre Sydney and SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (958 reviews)
"We love the Star and enjoy staying one or two times a year. We found check in very slow, were told our room wasn't ready at the check in time and told we'd receive a call when it was ready. An hour later we were still yet to be told and when we went to check in we had another wait of almost 20 min ..."

Reviewed on 26 Jan. 2022

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