Darling Harbour Sydney,

Great Tourist Attractions in Sydney

Darling Harbour Sydney is set for a facelift, with work for a new convention centre and a large hotel planned to commence in 2013, during the 25th anniversary year of this Sydney icon.

Not that it really needed a facelift as it is a swish, modern place where people like to spend a nice weekend out, take their family to major attractions, or wine and dine in style.

But improvement never hurts.

And while 25 years is a milestone, there were no major celebrations like the ones that marked Darling Harbour's 21st birthday in 2009.

darling harbour 21 birthday

Not that Darling Harbour is that young. It's not. Interested about its history?

Before 1988, the area was a neglected former industrial site with empty warehouses. But its regeneration is awe inspiring.

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It's not just a hip accessorising here and there. It has become one of the major tourist attractions in Sydney.

It is total redevelopment from a derelict industrial precinct, former produce market, and former fishing bay into today's upmarket recreational and hospitality area.

Darling Harbour Sydney - Top Tourist Attractions in Australia

Darling Harbour has it all for everyone, all tastes and budgets, easy to pack a whole day with activities, fun, mouth watering food, play, work and sleep. It's a city within a city.

If you are a business traveller, you can relax in luxurious hotels, attend your conference at one of the function centres and dine along the King Street Wharf.

If you are there to have a day out with your family, you can get your kids to see Australia animals at the Sydney Wildlife World. Or watch sharks swimming above your heads at the Sydney Aquarium.

australian national maritime museum

Teenagers will surely like to see the ships at the wharves of the Australian National Maritime Museum. Or would like to explore some of the odd treasures at the Powerhouse Museum Sydney and learn more about creativity.

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Lunch anyone?

You can do it on the cheap with some good quality take away food.

Though it's better to head to the Sydney fish markets nearby. You will be spoiled for choice with a multitude of fresh fish and seafood cooked to order. High quality, reasonable prices and a great buzzing atmosphere.

But if you are after a more refined taste and want some style take a seat at the many restaurants along the Cockle Bay Wharf.

If you are the adventurous type and like an adrenaline rush, take a jet boat ride. You'll see the harbour at high speed with a big splash.

You're not that adventurous and look for some tranquility or just want to get away from all the hustle and bustle? Stop by the Chinese Garden of Friendship, relax in an oasis of peacefulness and treat your sweet tooth with some tea and cakes.

Once you have recharged your batteries you can pour your energy into some shopping at the Harbourside or go for a 3 D movie at the IMAX.

And you can end the day cruising the harbour and having dinner aboard the ship.

darling harbour panorama

Want a romantic dinner at a waterfront location with harbour views? What can be better than King Street wharf dining? Plenty of Australian or international cuisines to pick and choose.

Then head to Star City for a theatre show or live music and a dance.

And go to Darling Harbour often. There are various events all the year round.

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