Make the most of our national day of celebrations and get amongst it in Sydney’s entertainment hub, Darling Harbour, with the harbour on one side and the city on the other, and all the best activities of the day at your fingertips.
Darling Harbour is the place to be on Australia Day, 26 January with plenty of things to see and do for everyone of all ages. If you want to beat the crowds – because believe us, it gets busy in the precinct on this popular day of celebrations! – it’s best to plan ahead. Take it one step further, treat yourself to a Sydney city staycation and base yourself at the centre of all the action.
Whether you’re visiting family or chilling with friends, here’s a handful of reasons why Darling Harbour is the place to be this Australia Day.
1. Be in the midst of the action
Venture to where everything is happening and watch Darling Harbour pull out all the stops to entertain on this big day out on the calendar. Australia Day at Darling Harbour is action-packed with a wide range of fun activities taking place throughout the day and night, from mini-golf and pedal boats, to roaming entertainment and live music.
2. Enjoy countless wine and dine experiences
From waterfront dining and balcony bars to some of Sydney’s best hole-in-the-wall eateries, Darling Harbour has it all. There are over 150 different drinking and dining venues to choose from in the precinct, many with water views so you can enjoy the sights and sounds of Australia Day with a wine in hand over a delicious meal.
3. Avoid the commute
Make a day of it – get into Darling Harbour early and skip rush hour on public transport, the battle with busy city-bound traffic and a fight for parking. If you stay in town, when you’ve had your fill of summer fun for the night, you can make a dash out of the crowds and zip straight to your hotel on foot within minutes. Now there’s a life hack!
4. Jump straight onto the harbour
Spend Australia Day at sea and soak up Sydney’s greatest sights on sparkling blue waters. At Darling Harbour, there’s a plethora of ways to get out onto Sydney’s spectacular harbour. Private pontoons and wharfs give access to chartered boat experiences and floating luxury crafts, while Darling Harbour and Pyrmont have multiple public ferries providing quick access to all citywide festivities on Australia Day.
5. Celebrate without leaving your room
Find yourself a hotel room which looks out to the harbour and city, and you won’t even need to leave those four walls in order to see the Australia Day celebrations! Enjoy the festivities from up high in one of our The Balcony rooms, with the clearest views over the city and Darling Harbour from your private balcony, complete with table and chairs. You could even do it all in your PJs!
For more information about this year’s Australia Day celebrations at Darling Harbour, visit the official website.