Darling Harbour with the family

  • Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour


Enjoy a day of special Sydney fun and action with the whole family in Darling Harbour and stay overnight in a harbourside hotel.



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Start your day with a climb to the top of the heritage lighthouse at the Australian National Maritime Museum. Then go below the surface of the harbour and squeeze through one of the museum’s historic vessels, ex-naval submarine, HMAS Onslow.
Check what exhibitions are on, especially during school holidays.

Jump aboard the speedy Metro Monorail at the Harbourside station and you’re on your way to the next stop - Darling Park. Along the way you’ll speed past attractions including the Chinese Gardens of Friendship, Powerhouse Museum, Chinatown and city centre.

The Lindt Chocolate Café at Cockle Bay Wharf is the next temptation. It’s never too early for a Lindt waffle with chocolate ice cream and hot chocolate fudge sauce or a simple macaroon and creamy hot chocolate. You can also stock up on smooth chocolate bars for later.

Meet one of Darling Harbour’s newest residents, a giant five metre saltwater crocodile known as Rex, at Sydney Wildlife World. Rex’s home by the harbour is a replica of his Kakadu Gorge habitat in the Northern Territory. While here you’ll also see koalas, kangaroos and beautiful butterflies and more.

Head up to the balcony level at Cockle Bay Wharf for lunch at the spacious Blackbird Café. It’s the ideal place for a short break where the kids can try the ‘baby birds’ menu and games while you snack from the modern Australian menu.

At nearby Palm Grove is a piece of fairground history - a beautiful 19th century, impeccably-restored, English-built carousel. Where else can the kids experience the thrill of riding on such a beauty? Open weekends and school holidays.

Wind down from your busy day with a special treat for the whole family. A harbour cruise on board a luxury Magistic Cruise that departs from King Street Wharf at Darling Harbour. You’ll cruise past Sydney’s famous icons, enjoy a delicious buffet and sit back to enjoy the spectacle of Sydney Harbour by night.

On your return it’s just a short stroll to Novotel Sydney On Darling Harbour. After a fun-packed day, you’ll settle down to a good night’s sleep at this comfortable harbourside hotel. Check out the great deal for families at any time of the year.