Car Rental Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour is the perfect place to begin your Sydney adventure. Right on the bustling harbourside at Cockle Bay, there’s stacks to do to keep the family well-entertained and happily fed. Discover an array of great attractions and familiar landmarks all around the area. You’re really just a short stroll from the Town Hall, Pyrmont and Sydney Tower. Picking up your hire car downtown at Darling Harbour puts you smack in the heart of things. As a bonus, the views back to the city skyline are awesome, particularly as the sun sets and the lights go up.
Sydney really is a bold and exciting city, so if you’re starting your Australian vacation here, you’ve planned well. Around Darling Harbour alone, you have your pick of museums, an amazing aquarium, delightful gardens, and even a wildlife zoo in the middle of the city. Add to this free outdoor flicks, street performers and live music. Plus a world-class entertainment, exhibition and convention centre in one: the ICC Sydney. On a smaller scale, the Kids Playground at Darling Quarter is sure to keep the kids happy, with jumbo swings, splash pads, mega slides, balance ropes and more. You can even send them off on a 21-metre flying fox. They’ll love bounding around one of Australia’s best playgrounds – for free!
The Harbourside Shopping Centre mixes retail with leisure, plus a dining precinct, and a popular food court. Eating and drinking are a breeze in Darling Harbour. The range is enormous, and there’s something for every palate and wallet. You’ll find street vendors, waterfront restaurants, casual eateries, outdoor cafes, fast food favourites, as well as bars and lounges. Dine on the deck at King Street Wharf or find a cool cocktail bar along the promenade at Cockle Bay.
For quick and tasty options under one roof, try the new urban neighbourhood Darling Square, which connects both Haymarket and Ultimo with the harbourside precinct. Lifestyle and shopping blends within this furiously fun and colourful atmosphere. Chinatown on Haymarket’s Dixon Street is a great place to sit for yum cha or order some noodles. Discover the nearby Chinese Garden of Friendship for a tranquil experience. Koi carp, willow trees, traditional pavilions and waterfalls. The photo-ops are endless, so take out your camera for this beautiful oasis in the south end of Darling Harbour.
Get to know Darling Harbour’s many attractions with your hire car
Pay a visit to the many museums around Darling Harbour, all within an easy walking distance. The Powerhouse is an innovative space, housed in the fascinating old Ultimo Power Station. Its changing exhibitions and workshops are skewed towards culture, technology, science and design. Get posing at Madame Tussauds Sydney. The famed wax museum features superheroes, royalty, Bollywood stars and Australian outlaws. Head for the tall ships at the National Maritime Museum. Take an immersive navy journey, check out a submarine, or watch a screening in the 3D cinema. Spend the afternoon, and picnic on the Waterfront Boardwalk.
Keeping with the water theme, make your way to SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium – one of the world’s largest aquariums – with 13,000 marine animals and themed zones, from Jurassic seas to their latest interactive Great Barrier Reef experience. Next door on Aquarium Wharf, you’ll find WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo. Here’s your chance to get a snap with a cute Australian animal. Meet their Aussie Big Five: koalas, wombat, kangaroos, platypus, and Rocky the saltwater crocodile.
Discover more of Sydney in your hire car
Round off your visit to Darling Harbour with a walk over Pyrmont Bridge. This electrically operated swing bridge has been servicing the port of Sydney since 1902. On the other side, enjoy a stunning view of the city and relax at Pirrama Park. Head to some of Pyrmont’s top attractions. The Sydney Fish Market is a foodie’s delight. If you want to live it up, try the Star Casino with designer shopping, a luxury hotel, and a dining hub, while next door, the Sydney Lyric Theatre hosts musicals, theatre, ballet and opera. Have a drink at The Terminus, one of the oldest pubs in old Sydney, and persuade your teetotaller buddy to take the wheel.
There’s so much to see and do in the rest of Sydney, so where do you start? Hop in the hire car and take the 15-minute drive to Circular Quay. Discover Sydney’s big-ticket items: the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. From here, visit the historic Rocks area and the Museum of Contemporary Art. And don’t miss out on a ferry ride to some of Sydney’s most popular beaches and hangouts including Manly, the Taronga Zoo and Watsons Bay. Then there’s iconic Bondi Beach, naturally. A must-see on your fun Sydney holiday.