Darling Harbour

Short description

If you feel like some fun in Sydney, Darling Harbour is the place to go. Sitting inside Sydney Harbour, west of Sydney Harbour Bridge, it’s a one-of-a-kind destination packed with restaurants, bars, museums, boat cruises and more. It’s the only place where you can learn about Sydney’s rich maritime history, cruise through a penguin enclosure, eat fresh seafood and dance ‘til dawn at a multi-level nightclub.

Darling Harbour
Sydney NSW 2000
Australia

Families can talk to the animals at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, with its resident dugong, sharks, rays and penguins, and WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, home to koalas, wombats, kangaroos and crocodiles. Meet the celebrities at Madame Tussauds wax figures museum and learn about all things nautical at the Australian National Maritime Museum. Refuel at one of the more than 160 places to eat and drink around Darling Harbour, from casual cafes to fine dining restaurants and everything in between. You can spend a whole day and night here, and never run out of things to do.

Darling Harbour is also one of Sydney’s best places to stay. The waterfront is lined with hotels ranging from ultra-luxe high rises to family friendly digs and historic boutique properties. That means it’s just a short stroll home once the lights of Vivid Sydney go out.

During Vivid Sydney, the water and the buildings around it are brought to life with a kaleidoscope of coloured lights. It’s creativity, innovation and technology writ large, with a backdrop of laughter and excitement.

How to get there: Sitting just on the edge of the city, there are lots of ways to get to Darling Harbour. The light rail has four stops here: Paddy’s Market, Convention, Exhibition and Pyrmont Bay. Catch a bus to Market, Park, Druitt, Bathurst or Liverpool streets and walk down towards the water. It’s just a short stroll from both Town Hall and Wynyard stations and ferries run regularly from Circular Quay.

Darling Harbour

This is an image of Darling Harbour lit up with the lights reflecting in the water for Vivid Sydney

Light Events

Kia-Aura

Kia-Aura is set to illuminate the light walk as an immersive representation of Kia’s brand ethos, Movement that Inspires. Elevated on a bed of 250 aluminium...

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This is an image of the Kia-Aura activation at Vivid Sydney
Location: Darling Harbour Price: Free

Checkmate

Artist: Amigo & Amigo Collaborators: Otis Studios Games bring us together. They’re fun, they put us to the test and reveal our skills. Over...

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Checkmate
Location: Darling Harbour Price: Free

The Windspinners

Remember whirligigs, spiralling endlessly in the breeze? Mandylights elevates these commonplace garden ornaments into six large-scale kinetic sculptures...

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The Windspinners
Location: Darling Harbour Price: Free

Resonance

Where better than the middle of the city to offer a place of collective mindfulness? Using a geometric array of rotating convex mirrors suspended beneath...

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Resonance
Location: Darling Harbour Price: Free

Twenty Seven

How do you feel about change? It might be the only constant in our lives, yet it can send us on an emotional rollercoaster ride. You’ve probably felt...

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Twenty Seven
Location: Darling Harbour Price: Free

Halo

Step into a multi-sensory ethereal environment made up of individual but digitally interlinked columns of ever-evolving patterns of light and sound. This...

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Halo
Location: Darling Harbour Price: Free

Across the seas

It is said that the soul of our city resides in Sydney Harbour. As this stunning collage of images shows, for many immigrants, it was a gateway to a new...

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Across the seas
Location: Australian National Maritime Museum Price: Free

Macula

Wander through a spiralling tunnel of bamboo and get a sense of the versatility and beauty of one of the world’s most regenerative natural resources. Here...

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Macula
Location: Darling Harbour Price: Free

Sydney Infinity

Darling Harbour is the setting for the largest ‘liquid and light show’ ever seen in Australian history – created especially for Vivid Sydney. The...

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Sydney Infinity
Location: Darling Harbour Price: Free

Ideas Events

Future Art is Vivid

This one-night-only immersive NFT Crypto-Art event fuses large scale HD projections with DJs, live music and theatrical performances alongside AR VR lounges...

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Future Art is Vivid
Location: Home The Venue Price: From: $59.00

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