Sitting alongside Sydney's CBD it is the home to Harbourside Shopping Centre, Cockle Bay, Chinatown, Chinese Garden of Friendship, Paddy's markets, King Street Wharf, Tumbalong Park, Sydney Entertainment Centre, The LG Imax theatre, Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney Aquarium, Sydney Wildlife World, Madame Tussauds, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Sega World Sydney, Pyrmont precinct and The Star Casino and entertainment complex.
Named after Lieutenant-General Ralph Darling, the New South Wales Governor from 1825 - 1831, this harbour was originally the commercial port of Sydney and the unemployment hub for waterside workers seeking a job. It wasn't until this area reached derelict status that it was decided in the 1980's to give it an uplift and turn it into a pedestrian and tourist precinct. Coinciding with the Sydney Summer Olympics in 2000, Darling Harbour was transformed into a colourful mega village housing major public facilities and attractions.
Perfectly accessible by public transport, Darling Harbour is an absolute gem of Sydney. Beautiful blue waters surrounded by superb architectural designs and spotted with many cafes, bars and restaurants on the outskirts. It has something for everyone from the state of the art playground for your little ones to the LG Imax theatre for your teenagers to the uber trendy nightclubs, Bungalow 8, Cargo Bar and Home bar to the gorgeous seafood, pizza, and thai restaurants showcasing the very best of Sydney's dining experiences.