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Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour

Free admission
Sydney, New South Wales, 2000

The Basics

Darling Harbour is a staple of both Sydney sightseeing cruises and hop-on hop-off bus tours, which typically also stop at city highlights such as Sydney Opera House and Bondi Beach. However, you easily can dedicate an entire day to Darling Harbour itself. Maximize your time by booking a skip-the-line admission ticket to SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and the WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, which can get busy.

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Sydney Harbour Luxury Sailing Trip including Lunch
Sydney Harbour Luxury Sailing Trip including Lunch
star-4.5
$221.03 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Just what I wanted!!
Colin made me feel right at home on his beautiful boat. He communicated well, was a great captain, and has more information about the area than any one person should be able to keep in his head!! It was a great day and I recommend it highly. Thanks for the memories Colin!!
imbeachlvr, Sep 2018

Recent reviews from experiences in Sydney

star-5
best way to experience the harbour
G_B, Apr 2021
Private Sunset Cruise on Sydney Harbour for up to Six Guests
Great trip. Glen, our captain, was very friendly and accommodating. It’s the best way to experience the harbour. Highly recommend it.
star-5
Stunning
Sarah_Q, Jun 2019
VIVID Lights Sydney Harbour Cruise
Even though the weather was terrible the cruise was the perfect way to see the lights of vivid. The tour was well organised, we left on time and spent a decent amount of time on the harbour to see everything from all sides.
star-5
Great experience
Lisa_H, Jun 2019
VIVID Lights Sydney Harbour Cruise
First time to Vivid, lovely way to see the lights, had a great time. Was able to see all the lights without people getting in the way.
star-5
Small boat comfort
BJDBendigo_Australia, Jun 2019
Vivid 90-Minute Sydney Harbour Catamaran Cruise with BYO Drinks
After having battled the overcrowding on larger boats cruising around Vivid in previous years, it was refreshing to be on a small boat with personal contact with the very friendly and efficient crew. It was extremely good value for money and I would be definitely recommending it to others.
star-5
Vivid Cruise
Fiona_D, Jun 2019
Vivid 90-Minute Sydney Harbour Intimate Catamaran Cruise with Canapes
Fantastic personal service. Relaxed and friendly staff and smaller number of people provided for a great time and memories. Thank you.
star-4
Sydney from the water
cath1221, May 2019
Vivid 90-Minute Sydney Harbour Intimate Catamaran Cruise with Canapes
Very well looked after by the crew on board, 90 minutes around the two main harbours for the light festival. There was a steady supply of nibbles (just oven heated sausage rolls etc but what do you expect from a small boat kitchen?) And the boat wasn't too crowded.
star-5
Perfect way to see the lights!
Christine A, Jun 2019
VIVID Lights Sydney Harbour Cruise
Our first time seeing the VIVID lights and I would highly recommend it. It was an outstanding view - not overly crowded. We took the last cruise of the night and had half price house wine and beer. Breathtakingly lovely.
star-5
well organised
Donald_H, Jun 2019
VIVID Lights Sydney Harbour Cruise
can recommend this attraction great viewing of the Vivid attractions left on time returned on time .Great vantage from the Harbour
star-5
Excellent Harbor Cruise
Sandeep_S, Jun 2019
VIVID Lights Sydney Harbour Cruise
We are visiting Australia as a family. The harbor cruise with the Vivid light show is a great way to highlight the attractions located around the harbor. Views of the opera house and bridge were amazing. Not sure how they managed to achieve an arc of light across the bay, but it lent to a very awesome experience. Truly well worth the money.
star-5
Light spectacular
Noel_C, Jun 2019
VIVID Lights Sydney Harbour Cruise
Saw the lights from Bennalong Restaurant, the bridge and from the cruise boat. All offer great and varied views of the hours long show. The organisers cleverly marshall pedestrians around the ferry terminal so it does not appear as crowded as it really is.p

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Darling Harbour offers an array of activities and is particularly suited to families.

  • All of the attractions are within walking distance of one another, so wear comfortable shoes.

  • There’s an abundance of restaurants, cafés, and nightlife options at Darling Harbour.

  • During the months of May through October, whale watching cruises depart from Darling Harbour.

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How to Get There

Darling Harbour is an easy 10–20 minute walk from Sydney’s central business district. You also can reach the harbor by water taxi, public ferry, or harbor cruise, the majority of which depart from Circular Quay near Sydney Opera House.

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When to Get There

Although there’s plenty to do at the harbor in the day, Darling Harbour itself is at its most magical at night, when waterfront skyscrapers illuminate and reflect into the still water below. For the best nighttime views, admire the harbor from Pyrmont Bridge.

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Further Delights at Darling Harbour

In addition to an ever-changing program of cultural events, Darling Harbour boasts plenty of permanent attractions. Highlights include the Chinese Garden of Friendship, where pathways wind past waterfalls and exotic plants; the National Maritime Museum, home to a sailing ship and submarine; and the Darling Quarter Playground, which promises to keep kids entertained for hours.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Darling Harbour?
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