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Darling Harbour Summer 2015/16 School Holiday Highlights

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by Gary Brown (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer and photographer from Sydney who has now had five books published on fishing. I also write for the NSW Fishing Monthly, Visit the Shire, Fisho App & Tackle Tactics. I also like to travel and experience new things to do.
Published December 19th 2015
So much to see & do at Darling Harbour during the holidays
Having trouble keeping the kids occupied during the summer holidays? Looking for something to do that won't break the bank, but will provide plenty of boredom-busting school holiday fun for families of all ages, interests and budgets?

Go no further than Darling Harbour as there is so much to do there that you most probably won't have enough time over the summer holidays to do it all.

Some of the 18 activities that I have listed below will finish on Christmas Eve, but don't let that worry you as I have added things for you and the kids to do until the end of February 2016.

For more information on each activity, just click on the heading.

ACTIVITY: Santa's Maze

See if you can get out of the maze. Photo courtesy of the Darling Harbour Foreshore Authority.


COST: Free
WHEN: Until Christmas Eve
TIME: 10am to 10pm
VENUE: Palm Grove

ACTIVITY: Create Santa
COST: Free
WHEN: Until Christmas Eve
TIME: 10am to 10pm
VENUE: Village Green

ACTIVITY: Santa's Express
COST: $5 per ride
WHEN: Until Christmas Eve
TIME: 10am to 10pm
VENUE: Palm Grove

ACTIVITY: Star of the Show Ferris Wheel

What can you see from the top of the Ferris Wheel? Photo courtesy of the Darling Harbour Foreshore Authority.


COST: $8 per ride
WHEN: Daily
TIME: 10am to 10pm
VENUE: Harbourside Amphitheatre

ACTIVITY: Santa Fest Kids Competition
COST: Free
WHEN: Until Christmas Eve
TIME: Daily
VENUE: Various places in Darling Harbour

ACTIVITY: New Years Eve Celebrations
COST: Free
WHEN: New Years Eve
TIME: Firework at 7.30pm, 9pm & midnight
VENUE: Various

ACTIVITY: Fireworks

Every Saturday night at 9pm. Photo courtesy of the Darling Harbour Foreshore Authority.


COST: Free
WHEN: Saturday night
TIME: 9pm
VENUE: Various

ACTIVITY: Chinese Garden Highlights Tour
COST: Free with entry to the garden
WHEN: Daily
TIME: Various
VENUE: Chinese Gardens.

ACTIVITY: Snorkel with the sharks
COST: Various
WHEN: Daily
TIME: Various
VENUE: Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

ACTIVITY: Pop-Up Beach
COST: Various for hire equipment
WHEN: Until the 22/01/16
TIME: 9am to 9pm
VENUE: Next to ferries wheel at the Harbourside Amphitheatre

ACTIVITY: Face-to-face encounters with sporting superstars
COST: Various
WHEN: Daily
TIME: 9.30am to 7pm. Last entry at 6pm
VENUE: Madame Tussauds Sydney Aquarium Wharf

ACTIVITY: FREE outdoor movie
COST: Free
WHEN: Christmas Eve
TIME: 6.30pm to 10pm
VENUE: Darling Quarter.

ACTIVITY: Be a Marine Biologist for a day

This would be fun. Photo courtesy of the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.


COST: Various
WHEN: Every Wednesday & Saturday Until the 31/03/16
TIME: 8am to 3pm
VENUE: Wheat Road Aquarium Wharf

ACTIVITY: Jurassic Seas
COST: Various
WHEN: Until the 31/12/15
TIME: 9.30am to 7pm
VENUE: Wheat Road Aquarium Wharf

ACTIVITY: Action Stations
COST: Various
WHEN: Daily
TIME: 9.30am to 5pm
VENUE: Australian National Maritime Museum

ACTIVITY: Koala Encounter

Cuddle a Koala. Photo courtesy of the Wild Life Sydney Zoo.


COST: Various
WHEN: Daily until the 29/02/16
TIME: Various
VENUE: Wild Life Sydney Zoo, Darling Harbour

ACTIVITY: Python Encounters
COST: Various
WHEN: Daily until the 29/02/16
TIME: 11.45am to 2.45pm
VENUE: Wild Life Sydney Zoo, Darling Harbour

ACTIVITY: Glass Bottom Boat
COST: Various
WHEN: Daily until the 29/02/16
TIME: Various
VENUE: Aquarium Pier

These activities would not be possible without the support of the Darling Harbour Alliance, which comprises SHFA, IMAX Building, Darling Park and Cockle Bay Wharf, Darling Harbour Live, Darling Quarter, Merlin Entertainments (SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, Madame Tussauds Sydney, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo), Harbourside Shopping Centre and the Australian National Maritime Museum.

Because Darling Harbour is situated in the Sydney CBD and is right on the water there are a number of ways that you can get there. You could take a train, bus or the Metro Light rail, or hop on a ferry, hail a water taxi or just walk.

The Darling Harbour Foreshore Authority has made it easier for you to find out how to get to Darling Harbour by setting up a link. All you need to do is click here and away you go.

So if you are looking for something to do over the school holidays and beyond. All you need to do is get yourself, family and friends to the Darling Harbour Precinct and pick out which activity you would like to do first.

For more information on what else is coming up at Darling Harbour you should visit their web site.

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Why? So much to see & do at Darling Harbour during the summer school holidays.
When: From December 2015 to February 2016
Phone: (02) 92408500
Where: Darling Harbour, Sydney
Cost: Each activity will vary in cost.
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