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Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour

Free admission
Sydney, New South Wales, 2000

The Basics

Darling Harbour is a staple of both Sydney sightseeing cruises and hop-on hop-off bus tours, which typically also stop at city highlights such as Sydney Opera House and Bondi Beach. However, you easily can dedicate an entire day to Darling Harbour itself. Maximize your time by booking a skip-the-line admission ticket to SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and the WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, which can get busy.

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Sydney Harbour Luxury Sailing Trip including Lunch
Sydney Harbour Luxury Sailing Trip including Lunch
star-4.5
$234.69 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Just what I wanted!!
Colin made me feel right at home on his beautiful boat. He communicated well, was a great captain, and has more information about the area than any one person should be able to keep in his head!! It was a great day and I recommend it highly. Thanks for the memories Colin!!
imbeachlvr, Sep 2018

Recent reviews from experiences in Sydney

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Small boat comfort
BJDBendigo_Australia, Jun 2019
Vivid 90-Minute Sydney Harbour Catamaran Cruise with BYO Drinks
After having battled the overcrowding on larger boats cruising around Vivid in previous years, it was refreshing to be on a small boat with personal contact with the very friendly and efficient crew. It was extremely good value for money and I would be definitely recommending it to others.
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The first day of poor weather in...
Roger L, Feb 2018
Sydney Harbour Luxury Sailing Trip including Lunch
The first day of poor weather in Sydney this month but a very enjoyable cruise, nevertheless. Colin has a wealth of knowledge about the history of the area, both ancient and modern. He delivers this with great humour. An excellent lunch, too, with copious amounts of wine left us feeling both stimulated and relaxed. Highly recommended!
star-5
excellent afternoon on the harbor...
James D, Oct 2017
Sydney Harbour Luxury Sailing Trip including Lunch
excellent afternoon on the harbor. Leisurely and pleasant. There were only 3 of us and the captain so it was like a private charter. Captain was very knowledgeable about all the sights and told some interesting stories about the area my only thought was maybe a bit too much on the real estate prices
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Colin was lovely and so hospitable...
Josh H, Dec 2016
Sydney Harbour Luxury Sailing Trip including Lunch
Colin was lovely and so hospitable, very knowledgable too about the harbour and the sights.Lovely light lunch,perfect for a boat ride. Only suggestion is that if you would like a champagne, then byo as only red, white and beers on board. Highly recommended Thx again Colin Regards Josh Sly Eddie and Amie
star-4
We really enjoyed sailing along...
rdlibby, Apr 2017
Sydney Harbour Luxury Sailing Trip including Lunch
We really enjoyed sailing along Sydney Harbor. Weather was very pleasant, Captain Colin was very informative and continually narrated the trip, identifying historical people and places. Lunch was very good, wine was descent. Ice cold beer would have been nice. We would have preferred to do more sailing, and less motoring, really the purpose of why we chose this tour. All in all, a relaxing, informative, and enjoyable tour.
star-5
Amazing sail with Amazing captain...
Mary C, Jan 2017
Sydney Harbour Luxury Sailing Trip including Lunch
Amazing sail with Amazing captain who was so knowledgeable about the history and homes and buildings along the coast line. Sailed into many coves and out to the heads. Enjoyed gourmet lunch with wine and a dip at Hermit's Beach!. This trip is a must for anyone wanting to get on the harbor and see the area by sailboat. Gorgeous coastal views and exhilarating ride! Would do it again in a heartbeat!!
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Fantastic day, beautiful yacht, great...
Bonnie P, Feb 2011
Sydney Harbour Luxury Sailing Trip including Lunch
Fantastic day, beautiful yacht, great food and knowledgeable skipper!
star-4
I was the only booking on this tour...
jacqueline c, Mar 2018
Sydney Harbour Luxury Sailing Trip including Lunch
I was the only booking on this tour so I felt fortunate that it wasnt cancelled as it was my last day in Sydney. I was disappointed with the amount of sailing, most of it was under power pottering up the coast and being told about properties and owners. Im not particularly interested in celebrities so most of this was lost on me. The historic sites were of more interest and the owner/skipper was knowledgeable. Lunch was pleasant, not spectacular. Ideally more sailing for me but super to be in a boat in Sydney harbour.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Darling Harbour offers an array of activities and is particularly suited to families.

  • All of the attractions are within walking distance of one another, so wear comfortable shoes.

  • There’s an abundance of restaurants, cafés, and nightlife options at Darling Harbour.

  • During the months of May through October, whale watching cruises depart from Darling Harbour.

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How to Get There

Darling Harbour is an easy 10–20 minute walk from Sydney’s central business district. You also can reach the harbor by water taxi, public ferry, or harbor cruise, the majority of which depart from Circular Quay near Sydney Opera House.

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When to Get There

Although there’s plenty to do at the harbor in the day, Darling Harbour itself is at its most magical at night, when waterfront skyscrapers illuminate and reflect into the still water below. For the best nighttime views, admire the harbor from Pyrmont Bridge.

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Further Delights at Darling Harbour

In addition to an ever-changing program of cultural events, Darling Harbour boasts plenty of permanent attractions. Highlights include the Chinese Garden of Friendship, where pathways wind past waterfalls and exotic plants; the National Maritime Museum, home to a sailing ship and submarine; and the Darling Quarter Playground, which promises to keep kids entertained for hours.

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