Darling Harbour is not only a popular tourist attraction, but a great family friendly spot with hours of entertainment right in the heart of Sydney CBD.
1. Madame Tussaud’s
One of Darling Harbour’s newest additions is Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum. With life-like figurines, it’s hard to tell they are made from wax. Over 70 of the world’s most famous personalities are featured in the museum and include:
world leaders - Nelson Mandela, Dalai Lama and Queen Elizabeth,
music stars – Rihanna, Michael Jackson, Keith Urban
movie stars – Hugh Jackman, Olivia Newton-John, Jackie Chan
historical greats – Ned Kelly, Captain Cook, Albert Einstein
Madame Tussaud’s also shows a behind the scenes documentary of how each figurine is made. Fascinating! Opening hours are 9am to 8pm 7 days a week. Book your tickets online and save.
2. Imax Theatre
The world’s biggest cinema screen is located in Darling Harbour and features not only entertaining movies, but also educational ones and many of them in 3D. If you haven’t been to the IMAX, add it to your list of things to do the next school holidays. Book your tickets in advance to make sure you don’t miss out, as many movies sell out quickly.
3. Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium is one of the largest aquariums in the world and a home to over 650 species of aquatic life. You will find a large variety of fish, penguins, sharks, crocodiles, penguins and the very cute dugongs. Open every day from 9am to 10pm, the Aquarium is suitable for adults and children alike. Having recently undergone an upgrade, the aquarium has new zones such as Streams and Billabongs, Sydney Harbour, Rocky Shores, Bay of Rays, Mangrove Swamps, South coast Shipwreck and more! Allow at least 3-4 hours to explore this amazing attraction.
4. Darling Quarter Playground
Another great feature is the Darling Quarter Playground, an extensive play area for toddlers as well as older children. There is no entry fee and the playground is open 24/7. Make sure you bring a change of clothes, as there are several water features, so the children are likely to get wet. The playground has been designed to promote learning and imagination and includes climbing ropes, swings, slides and flying fox. Right in the middle of the playground is a café for parents to relax and enjoy a quiet cuppa.
5. Sydney Wildlife World
Who would have thought you can find wild animals in the heart of the city. Explore this great zoo, located next to Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, where will discover cute, cuddly and pretty animals such as koalas, kangaroos, wombats, possums, as well as feathered friends such as parrots, cockatoos and doves; creepy animals including spiders, cockroaches and wild bees; scaly and shelly snakes, lizards and turtles and dangerous creatures including crocodiles and cassowary. Opening hours are 9am – 6pm.
If you are planning to visit more than one attraction, it is a good idea to get a day or family pass, available from myfun.com.au. Several different combinations are available and you also get cheaper parking right in the heart of the city. So before you set off to Darling Harbour, plan your trip and buy your tickets to save money and having to wait in queues.