Darling Harbour is one of Sydney’s major attractions for tourists and locals alike. With its stunning harbour side location, dozens of gift shops and boutiques, restaurants and excellent conference and exhibition facilities, it’s little wonder that virtually everyone who visits or lives in Sydney goes to Darling Harbour.
Darling Harbour wasn’t always what it is today. In fact, prior to 1988, it was a dismal, neglected industrial park with a haunted feeling to it. Back in the 19th century until well into the 20th century, Darling Harbour and neighbouring Pyrmont hummed with activity throughout a long period of manufacturing. Then, when the manufacturing industries moved away from the city, the factories and warehouses closed one by one until the massive brick buildings were finally left derelict.
As Australia’s Bicentennial approached, civic leaders lead by Premier Neville Wran decided it was time to reinvigorate Darling Harbour for a new era and it was formally re-opened just in time for the 1988 celebrations. Then, when Sydney prepared to host the 2000 Olympic Games, a further $1.5 billion was poured into Darling Harbour. This massive influx of funds is what made Darling Harbour what it is today.
You don’t need a reason to enjoy Darling Harbour. On a warm spring day, there’s nothing more enjoyable than taking a stroll across Pyrmont Bridge and then along the long promenade that stretches along the waterside in front of the development. If you’re feeling hungry, there are dozens of cafes, restaurants and take-out stalls to choose from. It’s a great place to bring the whole family. The kids love to take the miniature train tour and, for a big day out, there’s the Sydney Aquarium, one of the world’s largest, the IMAX theatre and the fascinating National Maritime and Powerhouse Museums.
There are so many things to do and see in Darling Harbour, many Sydney residents return again and again and do something different every time. If you’ve taken the kids to see the aquarium, you’ll want to bring them back again to see Sydney Wildlife World with its 6000 varieties of Australian wildlife. Then, for a night on the town without the children, you can enjoy the spectacle of Star City Casino. Inside the casino, Sydney’s Lyric Theatre and Star Theatre are two of Sydney’s premier entertainment venues.
Back outside, you can enjoy a ride on the Sydney monorail and get a bird’s eye view of Sydney or you can see the city from a dolphin’s perspective aboard a Sydney Harbour cruise. Then again, if you feel you need a bit of peace and tranquillity, a visit to the beautiful Chinese Garden of Friendship, with its wonderful gardens, lakes and waterfalls is sure to put your mind and spirit at ease.
All of these things and more are at your fingertips at Darling Harbour. It’s no wonder so many people choose to stay at a Darling Harbour accommodation when they visit Sydney. There’s no better place to begin your day, end your day or enjoy your day than Darling Harbour.