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Bring your love of adventure along with that much-used suitcase. It's time to get to know what Darling Harbour is made of! A neighbourhood in Sydney, it's a fantastic place to experience a different side of the capital of New South Wales. If you like meeting locals while on the road, Sydney is full of potential new BFFs. Around 4,600,000 people call this city home. Making your way to Darling Harbour from Kingsford Smith International Airport isn't rocket science. Just find a taxi and go 8 kilometres north. From there, you'll be located 1 kilometre from the city centre.
Darling Harbour is a sightseer's paradise. A great deal of the city's attractions are sprinkled near this interesting neighbourhood, including Sydney Opera House and Bondi Beach. The must-see sights of Sydney Harbour Bridge and Luna Park are also easily accessible. While you're here, think about visiting other neighbourhoods to see more of what Sydney has to offer. Pyrmont and Sydney are great recommendations that are nearby.
Leave the kids with a babysitter and have some fun at The Intersection, the Star Casino, Harry’s Cafe de Wheels and the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia.
The area's numerous cultural sites, such as the National Art School Gallery, the King Street Gallery, the Ray Hughes Gallery and the Carriageworks, cannot be missed!
While you can see a great variety of art on your laptop these days, there's nothing quite like observing the real thing. Immerse yourself in the region's creative side at the Powerhouse Museum, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Brett Whitley Studio.
If you luck out and get stuck with some miserable weather, head for shelter at the Australian Museum, Sydney Observatory, the Sydney Jewish Museum and the Justice and Police Museum. The fascinating collections are sure to keep your imagination buzzing and your body dry!
What nicer way to end a day's activities than with something to eat and some live entertainment? Check the programme listings at the Capitol Theatre, theatre Royal, the Sydney Lyric Theatre and the Enmore Theatre.
How about a game of golf? Pull on your khaki slacks, polish your clubs and perform your finest Jack Nicklaus impression at the Royal Sydney Golf Club, the Moore Park Golf Course, the Eastlake Golf Club and the David Graham's Golf Complex.
Kids tend to have fun in rather unlikely places. Delight them with trips to the Open Air Cinema, SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, the State Library of New South Wales and the Madame Tussauds Sydney.
Learn all about a variety of remarkable animals as you watch them muck around at the Taronga Zoo and the Wildlife Sydney.
Kids don't want to spend all day cooped up in a hotel. Give them a break and spend some time at one or two of the area's action-packed attractions. They can choose from the Fox Studio Australia, the McElhone Stairs, Jet Flight Simulator Sydney and Manhattan Superbowl.
Step out and admire the landscapes at the Chinese Garden of Friendship, Mrs. Macquarie's Chair, Darling Walk and Snapper Island.
To catch a glimpse of some local plants and wildlife, drive out to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Balls Head Reserve, Yurulbin Point and the Sydney Tropical Centre.
If the energy of city life is becoming too much, head to one of the nearby local parks. Fitzroy Gardens, Blackwattle Bay Park, Green Park and Hyde Park are delightful spots to take some time out.
There's nothing like treating yourself to a bit of shopping. Give your wallet a workout at Westfield Shopping Centre, Harbourside, Market City and Queen Victoria Building.
Go for an intriguing history lesson at the University of Sydney, the University of New South Wales, the Customs House and Government House. Looking at pictures online simply can't compare!
Local spiritual places, such as St. James Church, St Mary's Cathedral, the Sze Yup Temple and Mary MacKillop Place, give you the chance to reflect on life's big questions in a calming setting.
Don't get your knickers in a knot about reserving your Darling Harbour hotel. lastminute.com.au lists more than 379 accommodations. Keep in mind though, the sooner you decide, the sooner you can start planning your adventures! (You'll likely save a few dollars too.)
You don't need to break the bank to have a restful night's sleep in Darling Harbour. The Big Hostel, located at 212 Elizabeth Street, and The Woolbrokers at Darling Harbour, found at 22 Allen Street, are both relaxing and cheap as chips. Or would you rather spend your holiday in more luxurious surrounds? Get ready to be treated like royalty at the Park Hyatt Sydney or the Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour.
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