Visiting Darling Harbour with Kids

There’s really nowhere in the world quite like Darling Harbour! Located just west of the city around the picturesque harbour, Darling Harbour is a top entertainment destination for both visiting families and local Sydney families.

From first light to starry nights, there’s always something going on here. We've got all the information you need to add to your bucket list and plan hassle free, fun trips with the kids!

Darling Harbour, Sydney, NSW
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FUN FAMILY ATTRACTIONS AT DARLING HARBOUR!

Whether you're a local family or visiting Sydney with the kids, a bit of planning can make a lot of difference when you're organising a day out. There are so many great family friendly attractions and places to eat out in Darling Harbour. To help you spend less time planning and more time having fun, we’ve put together a concise list for you. Pick and choose what you’d like to do for your afternoon visit, a day trip, a holiday or just to add to your 'must do' list!

Darling Harbour Fireworks (FREE)
You don't have to wait for big occasions like New Year's Eve to see fireworks in Sydney. Head to Harbourside in Darling Harbour and you'll see fireworks most Saturday nights.

Tumbalong Playground (FREE)
This playground is heaven for kids and there is something for all ages. It's in high demand on hot days where the kids can go crazy in the huge water feature area. (Stop 21 on the Sydney Explorer Bus)

Chinese Garden of Friendship
Kids just love exploring this secret garden and it's hidden pathways. It's a beautiful oasis in the heart of the city and a great place to visit when in the Darling Harbour area. (Stop 21 on the Sydney Explorer Bus)

Monkey Baa Theatre Company
Monkey Baa Theatre Company hosts fantastic kids shows and workshops all year around. (Stop 21 on the Sydney Explorer Bus)

Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
Both young and old will be blown away with their journey through Sea Life Sydney Aquarium. A must see if you are in the city with the family, whether you're local, visiting or just passing through, put it on your list! They also have a brand-new Penguin Exhibition enclosure and ride. Totally cute. (Stop 22 on the Sydney Explorer Bus)

WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo
Go WILD in the city at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo. The Australian Animal Adventure in the Heart of the City! (Stop 22 on the Sydney Explorer Bus)

Madame Tussauds
Get up close and personal with over 75 of the world's most iconic celebrities and our very own Aussie stars! (Stop 22 on the Sydney Explorer Bus)

Strike Bowling and Laser
Strike at Kings Street Wharf features 10 tenpin bowling lanes, Escapism, private karaoke rooms and a range of food and beverages. 

Australian National Maritime Museum
Australian National Maritime Museum is a perfect day our for the family and a must do if you are in Sydney on holidays. They have a spectacular fleet of historic vessels, kids activities and fascinating exhibitions and so much more. (Stop 19 on the Sydney Explorer Bus)

Harbourside Shopping Centre (FREE)
Located on the waters edge of Darling Harbour, only a short walk from the CBD and with magnificent views of the city's skyline, Harbourside offers a unique dining, leisure and shopping experience. (Stop 19 on the Sydney Explorer Bus)

9D Action Cinemas
9D Action Cinemas is a stimulator action ride suitable for both children and adults. (Stop 19 on the Sydney Explorer Bus)

Kingpin Bowling
Kingpin offers guests 20 state of the art bowling lanes, laser skirmish, arcade games, pool tables. It also has a fully licensed bar, the latest music, disco UV lighting and amazing harbour views. (Stop 19 on the Sydney Explorer Bus)

Paddys Markets (FREE)
These markets are huge and all indoors and you also have Market City Shopping Centre upstairs if you want to do more shopping or have a well deserved rest at one of the cafes. (Stop 21 on the Sydney Explorer Bus)

Powerhouse Museum
This museum is kid heaven and is a great wet weather activity. There are so many amazing activities for kids! (Stop 16 on the Sydney Explorer Bus)

Darling Harbour hosts amazing festivals and FREE events for families throughout the year. If you are planning a visit check our 'What's on in Sydney' section so you don't miss out!


EATING OUT WITH KIDS IN DARLING HARBOUR

We’ve put together a list of great kid friendly cafes and restaurants in Darling Harbour.

Bungalow 8, Darling Harbour - Good for family occasions

Bona Fides, Darling Harbour - Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Lindt Cafe, Darling Harbour - Serves breakfast and lunch. Good for chocolate and treats

Vesta Caffe & Ristorante, Darling Quarter - Serves breakfast, lunch and sometimes dinner

Guylian Belgian Chocolate Café, Darling Quarter - Serves breakfast and lunch. Good for chocolate, great coffee and treats!

Pancakes on the Rocks - Darling Harbour 

Harbourside Shopping Centre Foodcourt - Darling Harbour


GETTING THERE

Don't worry! Darling Harbour is easily accessible by public transport, bike or by car. Here's all the tips and info you need to get there hassle free!

TIPS:

  • Discounted parking is available at various car parks around Darling Harbour if you visit SEA LIFE Aquarium, WILD LIFE Zoo or Madame Tussauds and get your parking ticket validated so parking may be more affordable than public transport if you have a family plus for the convenience. More details below.
  • Discounted all-day parking is available for $15 at Harbourside Secure Parking, when you spend $40 at the Harbourside Shopping Centre in Darling Harbour (make sure you get your parking ticket stamped at the info desk). More details below.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT:

Train: Catch a train to Town Hall Station station and a short downhill walk on Bathurst Street will take you directly to Darling Quarter and then in to Darling Harbour.

Ferry: Catch a ferry to Darling Harbour and alight at King Street Wharf, or Pyrmont Bay Wharf. If you alight at King Street Wharf, you’ll be close to Sydney Aquarium, Sydney Wildlife World, Cockle Bay and King Street Wharf. If you alight at Pyrmont Bay Wharf, you’ll be close to National Maritime Museum, Harbourside and Sydney Convention Centre.

Lightrail: This travels between Central Station in the CBD and Lilyfield in the Inner West, stopping at a number of Darling Harbour stations. Alight at Convention or Exhibition Station for Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre. Alight at Paddy’s Market Station for Tumbalong Park, Powerhouse Museum and Chinese Garden. Alight at Pyrmont Bay Station for Australian National Maritime Museum, Harbourside and Pyrmont Bay Park

PARKING:

Darling Quarter Car Park; weekend flat rate is only $13, night flat rate ;(enter after 5pm) is $12 (Mon-Fri). Discounted weekday and weekend flat rates if you visit SEA LIFE Aquarium, WILD LIFE Zoo or Madame Tussauds ;

Darling Park Car Park; weekend flat rate is only $15, night flat rate ;(enter after 5pm) range from $9-$14 (Mon-Fri). Discounted weekday and weekend flat rates if you visit SEA LIFE Aquarium or Madame Tussauds ;

Harbourside;Discounted weekday and weekend flat rates if you visit SEA LIFE Aquarium or Madame Tussauds or if you spend $40 at Harbourside Shopping Centre.

Entertainment Centre; Discounted weekday and weekend flat rates if you visit SEA LIFE Aquarium or Madame Tussauds.

St Andrews House - Town Hall Car Park; night flat rate (enter after 6pm) is $12 (Mon-Fri). Discounted weekday and weekend flat rates if you visit SEA LIFE Aquarium or Madame Tussauds.

Facilities
Public parents rooms located under the overpass on the City-side of Darling Harbour near the IMAX construction site. In the Harbourside Shopping Centre there is a parents room near the food court and on level 2 near the pharmacy.
Age Group
All Ages
Location and Details
Darling Harbour, Sydney, NSW