While there are plans in the pipeline for a re-vamp of the Darling Harbour precinct, there are still heaps of things to do and see now. The main Darling Harbour attractions are pretty well-known – there's the Australian National Maritime Museum, SEALIFE the Sydney Aquarium, Sydney Wildlife World, the Chinese Garden of Friendship, the Powerhouse Museum and Madame Tussauds. If you are visiting Sydney, allowing just a day doesn't do it justice - and for Sydneysiders, it should be in the diary for regular visits.
You can hop on a cruise, hop on a carousel or hop in a flight simulator… then hop on board one of the Cockle Bay Wharf menus for a culinary ride. There are ships and shops, Laser Skirmish and Kingpin Bowling, Star Casino and the Qantas Credit Union Event Centre, all framed by Pyrmont Bridge, Paddy's Markets and Chinatown.
On the dining and drinking front there are many options – there are sensational steakhouses and seafood outlets as well as places just for coffee, drinks, chocolates or ice cream. There’s a brewery plus pizza and noodle eateries.
As well as Sydney’s best Chinese in Chinatown, just down in Darling Harbour there are Indian, Italian, Mediterranean, Moroccan, Malaysian, Mexican, Brazilian, French and Japanese eateries.
There are also events, expos and festivals aplenty, like the Sydney International Boat Show, the largest recreational marine event in the southern hemisphere.