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Sydney's Darling Harbour is a bustling mecca for all things entertainment and dining. Home to some of the cities top tourist attractions including SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, the Australian National Maritime Museum and the IMAX Theatre Sydney. Reached within walking distance from the Sydney CBD and popular waterfront precinct of Circular Quay, you could easily spend the whole day exploring all that Darling Harbour has to offer.

A popular departure point for various cruises and ferries, you can grab a bite to eat from one of the waterside restaurants or browse some of the latest trends the Harbourside Shopping Centre. Offering visitors a number of impressive attractions from wildlife encounters to scenic cruises, there's sure to be something to impress everyone in this popular Sydney destination.

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Top 10 Things to do in - Darling Harbour and surrounds

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Harbour Cruise
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WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo
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Darling Harbour Carousel
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SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium
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Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
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Cockle Bay Wharf
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Chinese Garden of Friendship
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Maritime Museum
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Darling Quarter Playground
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Harbourside Shopping Centre
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1. Enjoy a scenic cruise along Sydney Harbour

Location:King Street Wharf

King Street Wharf is a popular departure point for day and night cruises around the iconic Sydney Harbour. You can embark on a sightseeing cruise, hop on hop off ferry around the region, lunch cruise, sunset cruise or dinner cruise. An exciting and relaxing way to explore the beautiful Sydney region, these cruises and ferries are perfect for families, couples and groups looking to explore both harbours.

2. Feed kangaroos at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo

Location:1-5 Wheat Rd, Darling Harbour

The chance to feed a kangaroo in the heart of Sydney sounds like a joke, however, at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, you can do exactly that. Located next to SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, the zoo offers visitors the chance to get up close to their favourite Aussie animals. You can enter the kangaroo and wallaby sanctuary and pet and feed these adorable creatures.

3. Enjoy a ride on the Darling Harbour Carousel

Location:Palm Grove

The Carousel is a historic Darling Harbour attraction, and a fun activity suitable for a range of ages. In operation since 1892, the carousel is working in fine form and is still powered by a steam engine. Said to be the second oldest working carousel in Australia, it is believed that only a few of its kind are still around today.

4. Walk through the aquarium tunnel at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

Location:1-5 Wheat Rd, Sydney

Explore the best of the marine world with a visit to SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium. A favourite attraction for the young ones and the young at heart, SEA LIFE Sydney proves you’re never too old to enjoy an aquarium. Offering an educational and entertaining experience, you can wander around the displays watching the animals interact with each other while also learning about the various species and ecosystems from the information plaques.

5. Snap a selfie with a celebrity at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum

Location:Aquarium Wharf, 1-5 Wheat Road, Darling Harbour

A world famous attraction, Madame Tussauds’ Sydney leg showcases all of your favourite sporting stars, musicians, world leaders, actors and movie and television characters. Allowing visitors to get up close to some of their favourite national and international stars, you can’t resist the urge to snap a selfie with Justin Bieber, Barack Obama or Leonardo DiCaprio.

6. Dine along Cockle Bay Wharf

Location:201 Sussex St, Sydney

Cockle Bay Wharf on Darling Harbour is a mecca for all things food. If you’re looking to dine for breakfast, lunch, dinner or anything in between, you’ll be sure to find a suitable establishment along Cockle Bay Wharf. Come the weekend you’ll often find crowds flocking to some of the local hotspots for a drink or bite to eat. A number of eateries offer weekday deals, so go for a wander along the wharf to browse the various options before choosing your favourite menu.

7. Relax in the Chinese Garden of Friendship

Location:Pier St, Darling Harbour

Take the time to wander around the Chinese Garden of Friendship and admire the serenity of the luscious gardens in the heart of one of Australia’s busiest cities. Showcasing a distinct Asian gardening and curation style with a mix of exotic plants, water features and walkways, the Chinese Garden of Friendship oozes calmness and relaxation.

8. Explore the Australian National Maritime Museum

Location:2 Murray St, Sydney

An ideal destination for lovers of all things nautical, the Australian National Maritime Museum is a great, relatively cheap attraction suitable for all ages. Offering fun and interactive exhibits educating and informing visitors on Australia’s rich maritime history, visitors regularly depart the museum with new knowledge.

9. Play on the Darling Quarter Playground

Location:1-25 Harbour St, Sydney

A great attraction for the kids, the Darling Quarter Playground isn’t your average play area. Located in the bustling Darling Quarter precinct on Darling Harbour, the playground features a 21-metre flying fox, water play area and climbing net. You can keep the young ones entertained for hours while the grown ups enjoy a coffee or bite to eat from one of the various cafés or restaurants or the takeaway kiosk next to the playground.

10. Have a shop at Harbourside Shopping Centre

Location:231/2-10 Darling Dr, Sydney

If you’re looking to buy a new outfit or browse the latest trends, head to Harbourside Shopping Centre. Located on the waterfront, Harbourside houses a number of well-known brands including Cotton On, Giordano, Glue Store, Valleygirl, Tarocash and YD. Servicing the shopping needs of men, women and children, the whole family is sure to pick up a bargain or some of the latest fashions. The location of the centre is prime and is easily accessible by foot from the city by walking over Pyrmont Bridge.

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