Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Sydney: Blue Mountains Full-Day Trip with Cruise

1. From Sydney: Blue Mountains Full-Day Trip with Cruise

Enjoy an excursion from Sydney into the Blue Mountains. Visit Featherdale Wildlife Park and experience the amazing variety of Australian wildlife. Hand-feed kangaroos, see Koalas, and wombats, as well as many more native Australian birds and wildlife. Enjoy a visit to Leura Village, where you can buy your own lunch at a cafe or bakery. Your tour includes the 3 rides at Scenic World, Cableway, Skyway, and Railway. Stop at Echo Point to enjoy splendid views of the Jamison Valley and the 3 Sisters, a towering rock formation from the Dreamtime.  Bypass Sydney’s peak traffic on a Ferry cruise along Parramatta River into Circular Quay. From there you will make your own way back to your accommodation.

Sydney: Harbour Cruise, Taronga Zoo and Sky Safari

2. Sydney: Harbour Cruise, Taronga Zoo and Sky Safari

Experience the most fun way to travel to Taronga Zoo and save money with a return ticket on the rocket ferry Circular Quay. Once inside the zoo, take in as many of the exhibits as you like at your own pace. Explore 10 themed areas, including Wild Australia, Wild Asia and the Great Southern Oceans. Hear talks by the zookeepers and go to interactive shows, such as the free bird show and free seal show. See native Australian animals, including koala and platypus, along with creatures from around the world such as Asian elephants, lions and giraffe. Grab some lunch at one of the many cafés, or take your own picnic and find a nice spot in the shade. Once you've had your animal fix for the day, head back to the dock and get some amazing views of Sydney on the cruise back to Circular Quay.

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

3. SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

Enjoy a visit to the Sydney Aquarium to see huge sharks, stingrays, turtles, jellyfish, platypuses, penguins, sea dragons, and much, much more! Marvel at the sawfish swimming amongst tropical fish and sleek sharks in the enormous Great Barrier Reef display. Be delighted by little penguins in the Southern Oceans, or look out for the secretive platypus in the Southern Rivers. See the enormous Japanese Spider Crabs in the CLAWS creature feature, watch as the dugongs feed, then find Nemo in his coral home!

Sydney: Harbour Dinner Cruise with 3, 4 or 6-Course Menu

4. Sydney: Harbour Dinner Cruise with 3, 4 or 6-Course Menu

Experience a first-class dining experience aboard one of Sydney's premier vessels, the MV Sydney 2000 or John Cadman II, as you sail around a dazzling night sky or a mesmerizing Sydney Harbour during sunset (summer). Enjoy the enchanting backdrop of the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge and savor the scrumptious choices of an a la carte meal of a Contemporary Australian menu and 5-star service. Once you have indulged in the fantastic cuisine on offer, enjoy live music on Saturday and Sunday nights. See stunning Sydney Harbour by night aboard your premium dining experience.

Sydney: Sydney Harbor Sightseeing Cruise

5. Sydney: Sydney Harbor Sightseeing Cruise

See Sydney Harbour’s iconic destinations and discover its hidden gems as well on this relaxing sightseeing cruise. Pass by the Sydney Opera House, Darling Harbor, and Circular Quay on your route. Discover the sparkling blue waters of Sidney Harbour, along with hidden beaches, pristine bushlands, and pretty botanic gardens brimming with native flora and charming islands. Choose between a 60-minute or 90-minute outing on Sydney Harbour with commentary developed in partnership with Tribal Warrior Aboriginal Corporation and the Australian Maritime Museum. Sightseeing Cruises depart from Darling Harbour and Circular Quay and operate between Darling Harbour, Circular Quay, Taronga Zoo, and Watsons Bay.

Sydney: Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on Hop-off Tour

6. Sydney: Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Benefit from access to 2 different routes with 30 stops on a hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus. See all the sights of Sydney and Bondi Beach at your own pace. Learn about the local culture with audio commentary and unlimited rides while driving past the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House.  Savor the culinary delights of cosmopolitan cafés and restaurants, explore the city's maritime history at the Maritime Museum, take a stroll in the Chinese Gardens or shop for unique gifts in some of Sydney's finest shopping districts. Create your own itinerary around the city. The Classic Ticket allows you to experience Sydney aboard the double-decker buses for 1 day. Choose the Premium Ticket to extend to 2 days. Choose the Deluxe Ticket, to see the Sydney Harbour Hopper, hidden beaches, pristine bushlands, botanic gardens, and islands that are made for exploring. Buses run approximately every 45 minutes on the Sydney route and approximately every 2 hours on the Bondi route, subject to local traffic conditions. Stop at locations like Circular Quay, Hyde Park, and Sea Life Sydney Aquarium on the Red Route. To complement the Sydney tour, the Bondi Beach tour is a great introduction to Australia’s beach culture. Pass by shopping and dining precincts, plus Centennial Parklands, one of Australia’s most picturesque parks. You can explore stops like Central Station, Sydney Tower Eye, and Bondi Beach.

Sydney: Harbor Cruise with 3-Course Premium Dinner

7. Sydney: Harbor Cruise with 3-Course Premium Dinner

Explore Sydney Harbour on a sunset cruise while enjoying a 3-course dinner served with a selection of beers, wines, soft drinks, and tea or coffee. Set sail from Darling Harbor and once the sun goes down, watch the city lights shine bright as you admire the gleaming metropolis reflected in the harbor. Depart Darling Harbor just as the sun begins to set, you’ll be treated to some epic views of the skyline and surrounding bays. There’s plenty of room on the expansive top, fore, and aft decks to ensure you get uninterrupted 360-degree views of the iconic attractions as you sail past. As night falls and the city lights begin to sparkle, dinner is served. Enjoy a regionally focused menu, served over 3 courses. The chefs have created a menu that highlights the multicultural influences that make Sydney cuisine so special, using an array of fresh and flavorful New South Wales ingredients.  Dinner is paired with a selection of beers, wines, soft drinks, and tea or coffee. The wine has been hand-selected from some of the finest wineries in New South Wales. After dinner, sail past Taronga Zoo and Luna Park before arriving back in Darling Harbor.

Sydney: Madame Tussauds Sydney General Admission

8. Sydney: Madame Tussauds Sydney General Admission

Experience the glittering world of fame on a day out at Madame Tussauds. Interact with the world’s most famous figures – strike a pose for the paparazzi on the red carpet, challenge your favorite sports heroes, and sing along with your favorite music stars. Madame Tussauds opened in Sydney in 2012, giving Australian and international visitors the opportunity to come face-to-face with some of the world’s most famous celebrities. A unique collection of amazingly lifelike wax figures allows you to get up close and personal to your favorite celebrity heroes. Madame Tussauds Sydney combines glitz and glamour with incredible history. With a whole host of constantly changing stars and legends as well as interactive experiences, Madame Tussauds is a place the whole family can enjoy. Interactive Experiences: • Raised catwalk: step onto the catwalk and trigger sensors which light up the runway as you walk down. Megan Gale’s figure is waiting at the end of the runway and Magic Memories can take a snap of you posing alongside her

Sydney: Hop-on Hop-off Harbor Cruise Ferry Ticket

9. Sydney: Hop-on Hop-off Harbor Cruise Ferry Ticket

Get your keys to the city of Sydney with a 1 or 2-day pass for the Sydney Harbour hop-on-hop-off fleet. Cruises depart from Circular Quay and Darling Harbour and allow you the flexibility of visiting up to 8 famous harbor precincts or simply stay on board for a round trip.  • Darling Harbour: Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, Wild Life Sydney Zoo, Madame Tussauds, National Maritime Museum, Explorer Bus, China Town, shopping, restaurants, bars, ICC Sydney, Barangaroo and more • Watsons Bay: Home of Doyles famous seafood restaurant and one of Sydney’s best waterfront pubs. Take a short stroll to Camp Cove, the Gap and historic South Head • Circular Quay: Sydney Opera House, the historic Rocks precinct, weekend markets, Royal Botanic Gardens, Harbor Bridge pylon, restaurants, bars and the Explorer Bus • Taronga Zoo: Discover Australia’s amazing wildlife including koalas, platypus and kangaroos plus animals of the world. Park entry fees apply • Manly - A short walk to famous Manly surf beaches, ocean-front restaurants, bars and cafés

Sydney: Private Customizable Tour with a Local

10. Sydney: Private Customizable Tour with a Local

Spend the day with your host who can’t wait to share with you their favorite places to hang out, show you where to get your hands on the best food, and take you through the city with an inspiring view. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Weave your way through a pocket of the city, discovering its diversity and the communities who are lucky to call Sydney home. This city is more than a place, it's a feeling, and that’s exactly what you’ll experience on your day with your host. See some historic landmarks and districts like The Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge or laze your afternoon away soaking up the sun at Bondi Beach or exploring the Darling Harbour. Get cultured at a museum or gallery and maybe you will still have some time to stop by a vibrant local market, hidden garden, or temple as you explore one of Sydney's eclectic neighborhoods. When hunger pangs strike, stop for lunch at one of the local eateries handpicked by your host for a truly authentic taste of Sydney's cuisine. 

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What people are saying about Darling Harbour

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 3,133 reviews

Even though there was lots of fog and rain, the day was interesting and fun! And our guide (Jed, I think, was his name?) used his own card at the end when a few of us were caught at the ferry with cash, but no credit or bank card to access and pay for the ferry ride home.

Fabulous, the tour guide and driver were both very friendly and helpful. The scenery and the sky rides were amazing, highly recommend for a taste of what the Blue Mountains area has to offer.

Excellent food and drinks, great atmosphere and service. Plenty of good picture opportunities.

Awesome night. Great crew! Great food! Lovely Harbour cruise.

Very nice way to see and connect with parts of Sydney.