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Key Info

Darling Drive

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Free

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Sightseeing, Free, Neighborhood/Area Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.6scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 4.5Food Scene
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Darling Harbour is a pedestrian district filled with a number of entertaining things to do. For instance, you'll find the largest film screen in the world at the LG IMAX Theatre Sydney, as well as the Australian National Maritime Museum and the Harbourside Shopping Centre. Multiple kid-friendly attractions and the city's convention center are also found here, not to mention some delectable cafes and restaurants.

Travelers who visit the Darling Harbour area rave about the abundance of shops, activities and restaurants offered, calling it vibrant and lively place to visit. An ideal hangout for families, couples and solo travelers alike, many note that this bustling harbor community is better than its more well-known counterpart, Sydney Harbour. Make sure to check out the district's various street performances, and on Saturdays, stay for the 9 p.m. fireworks show, which is free to view and receives tons of praise.

You'll find Darling Harbour in the heart of Sydney, neighboring Chinatown, Cockle Bay and the King Street Wharf. The area is free to visit, though many of its attractions charge an admission fee. From Circular Quay, visitors can take a short ferry ride to Darling Harbour. The light rail has two stations, Paddy's Market and Pyrmont Bay, in the neighborhood, and car parks and water taxi docks can also be found. For more about attractions, transit options and scheduled events, visit Darling Harbour's website.

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#1 Sydney Harbour Bridge

The Sydney Harbour Bridge stands next to the Opera House as one of the city's most iconic landmarks. Lovingly called the "Coathanger" by locals, this towering structure is one of the world's largest steel arch bridges. And while you can capture stunning pictures of the bridge from one of Sydney Harbour's ferry boats, for an unforgettable experience, sign up for a bridge climb through BridgeClimb Sydney. Ranging from nearly two to nearly four hours in length, the bridge climb provides visitors with panoramic views of the Harbour, the Sydney skyline and the Opera House.

Although some former visitors complained of the high price tags, many said the bridge climbs are the best way to experience this iconic attraction, calling it a must-do experience. While climbs are offered throughout the day every day, travelers recommend scheduling a climb at twilight, which will give you three different views – daylight, sunset and nighttime – in one. If you're afraid of heights, reviewers still suggest you consider the experience as the staff is well-trained to help you overcome your anxieties.

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