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Best Free Activities Around Darling Harbour

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by Michaelie Clark (subscribe)
Pun-loving freelance writer based in Victoria.
Published November 3rd 2011
Sydney is known as an expensive kind of town, but the hip pocket needn't be hurt when exploring the legendary leisure precinct of Darling Harbour. Take a look at these activities and make the most of some free fun.

Free Activities around Darling Harbour
The Cape Bowling Green Lighthouse


Take a Walk on the Waterside
With so much to see around the Darling Harbour, one of the best ways to take it all in is to stroll around the shore. Check out the boats, catch some buskers in action and have a free hike up the Cape Bowling Green Lighthouse. Cross the Pyrmont Bridge to see at a glance what's happening on the waterfront there may be a delay if the swing bridge is being tested (only the monorail can get through) but then, the engineering of the swing bridge is just another interesting thing to see in a locale of scintillating sights.

Free Activities at Darling Harbour
The Pyrmont Swing Bridge


Cruise the Views
Alright, it's not quite free, but at only $5.30, a ticket to sail around the icons of Sydney is very good value. Buy a pass from the Darling Harbour wharf and see the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and a whole lot of harbour-side houses that will make you pea green (or sea green) with envy.

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Catch a ferry from Darling Harbour to see the icons of Sydney.


Catch a Free Show
As a haven of entertainment, Darling Harbour hosts a number of free annual events. These include the Hoopla Festival, held during the Easter break, which includes a magical array of circus amusements and is free until 5pm each day; The Waiters' Race in May, showcasing the speed and agility of Sydney's best supper servers; June's Jazz and Blues Festival which is free outdoors; the Winter Concert Series where bands play on a stage floating just off shore in Cockle Bay; and of course, Santa Fest which will see the jolly man in red visit Darling Harbour on 26th November this year.

Darling Harbour Free Activities
Cruise past the Sydney Opera House.


Watch the Darling Harbour Fireworks
After a day of sight-seeing, people watching and moseying through museums, it's time to sit back, relax and watch the City of Sydney shoot thousands of dollars worth of sparkle into the sky in an explosion of gratis entertainment. Scheduled regularly throughout the year, the Darling Harbour Fireworks are a spectacular spectacle not to be missed. Check the fireworks calendar for dates and make sure you snag a harbour-side pew before 9pm.

Darling Harbour Fireworks
See the fireworks over Darling Harbour.


While a day at Darling Harbour can easily cost a fortune, it's just as easy to spend time without spending more than loose change if that. Leave a comment and let us know your favourite free things to do around Darling Harbour.
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Why? Experience Darling Harbour on a budget.
When: Anytime (unless otherwise specified).
Where: Darling Harbour, Sydney
Cost: Free (unless otherwise specified).
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Hi just wondering which side of the harbor is best to watch the fireworks? Are they on any particular side?
Thanks
by derek (score: 0|4) 1169 days ago
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