Darling Harbour One Of Sydney’s Best Attractions
Darling Harbour is one of Sydney’s major attractions for tourists and locals alike. With its beautiful harbourside setting, dozens of gift shops and boutiques, restaurants and excellent conference and exhibition facilities, it’s no wonder that almost everyone who visits or lives in Sydney visits Darling Harbour.
Darling Harbour didn’t always have so much to boast about. Over the 19th century and much of the 20th century, the Pyrmont-Darling Harbour area was a huge manufacturing center. Slowly, though, the area lost its attraction to manufacturers and they moved elsewhere, leaving neglected warehouses and factories behind. By the 1970s, Darling Harbour was a virtual ghost town.
Australia celebrated its Bicentennial in 1988, but planning for the big event began many years before. As part of the Bicentennial preparations, then Premier of NSW Neville Wran initiated an ambitious Darling Harbour development plan. The project was finished on time and Darling Harbour was back on the map. It got another, even bigger boost in development when private and public funding spent another one and a half billion dollars on it in preparation for the 2000 Olympics.
You don’t need a reason to enjoy Darling Harbour. On a warm spring day, there’s nothing more enjoyable than taking a stroll over Pyrmont Bridge and then across the long promenade that stretches along the waterside in front of the development. If you’re feeling hungry, you will find dozens of cafes, restaurants and take-out stalls to select from. It’s a great place to bring the entire family. The kids love to take the small train tour and, for a big outing, there’s the Sydney Aquarium, one of the world’s biggest, the IMAX theatre and the fascinating National Maritime and Powerhouse Museums.
These are only a few of the things you are able to do in Darling Harbour and even these cannot be done in just one day. Just when you think you’ve seen everything, you hear about Sydney Wildlife World’s six thousand examples of Australian animals. Then you can get a babysitter for the kids and enjoy an evening of entertainment at Star Theatre or the Lyric Theatre at Star City Casino.
If you do not feel like walking, why not get to Darling Harbour via the Sydney Monorail and see the city from a whole new point of view? If you are looking to explore the city by water, it is possible to catch a Sydney Harbour cruise from Darling Harbour. If you would like nothing more than a quiet afternoon in a lovely setting, a stroll through the immaculate gardens of the Chinese Garden of Friendship will be sure to restore your spirits.