Within minutes you’re in the Darling Harbour precinct which is captivating with great entertainment, amazing wildlife, waterfront dining, wine and cocktail bars, and late-night dancing. Enjoy encounters with penguins, sharks and koalas at the Sydney Aquarium and Wild Life Sydney Zoo. Meet up for a selfie with the world’s fame and fortune at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum Sydney. Climb aboard tall ships or a submarine and learn everything about Australia’s maritime history at the Australian National Maritime Museum or take the kids to a fabulous playground, all just minutes away.
Darling Harbour is also the home of the ICC Sydney (International Convention Centre Sydney) which hosts many conventions, tradeshows, exhibits and a large range of international concerts and performances.
Within a comfortable 15-20 minute walk you will arrive at some of Sydney’s greatest delights including the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, the historic Rocks precinct and Royal Botanical Gardens.
Public transport is within minutes of Waldorf Sydney CBD offering easy access to any part of Sydney and beyond.
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Darling Harbour - Day or night, Darling Harbour is an entertainment and dining precinct in the heart of Sydney, it’s also the home to many of Sydney’s major attractions including the ICC Sydney. Darling Harbour is captivating with great entertainment and it’s amazing food & wine experiences are delectable with waterfront alfresco dining and wine and cocktail bars at Cockle Bay, King Street Wharf and Harbourside. You can dance the night away at some funky nightclubs too. Harbourside is also home to some great souvenir shops and fashion boutique shopping and the kids can also be entertained with a fabulous playground at the Darling Quarter Kids Playground. Location - 600m from the hotel.
Chinatown - With all the colour and excitement of an Asian marketplace, Chinatown offers an enticing mix of restaurants, noodle bars, food halls, and shops and markets full of bargains. The food experiences are amazing. From Chinese and Cantonese to Malaysian, Thai and Vietnamese, the dumpling houses, neon-lit nooks and food courts of Chinatown and Haymarket are irresistible. You’ll find a delicious range of restaurants from yum cha palaces to hole-in-the-wall eateries. The shopping is fabulous, with bargains galore. Explore malls, markets and arcades, and discover some of the best Asian supermarkets in Sydney. Location - 500m from the hotel
Paddy’s Markets - Paddy's Markets has held a central place in Sydney's history for over 150 years. Paddy's Markets, Sydney's biggest markets have a wide variety of stalls; food, fashion, gifts and gadgets in a true market atmosphere. With a huge range of stalls you'll find everything from souvenirs to sporting goods, clothes to cosmetics, footwear to fruit and vegetables, hot food to heavy metal CD's, sheepskins to seafood, plants to pendants, crafts and much much more. Location - 900m from the hotel
World Square Shopping Centre - World Square is a vibrant, cultural, entertainment and retail destination that complements its thriving business community. World Square is home to more than 90 retailers including quality fashion, essential services and a lively restaurant and lifestyle precinct. Location - 350m from the hotel
International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney)- ICC Sydney is Asia Pacific's premier integrated convention, exhibition and entertainment precinct, underlining Sydney's place as one of the world's most desirable meeting and event destinations and providing the ideal platform to collaborate and innovate. Set within a dynamic dining, leisure and residential precinct, ICC Sydney connects to Sydney’s financial districts, creative and education hubs. With a striking contemporary design, industry leading technology and flexible multipurpose spaces, ICC Sydney is equipped to address all convention, exhibition and live event needs. Location - 700m from the hotel
Capital Theatre - Sydney's beautiful historic Capitol Theatre is host to world class musicals, theatre, ballet, concerts and performers. Don't just go for the show; visit the Capitol Theatre for a great and total night out! Arrive early and savour a relaxing drink with friends before the show in the elegant and magnificent bars. Location – 700m from the hotel
Pitt Street Mall - Pitt Street Mall is located in the heart of The Sydney CBD and is Australia's busiest and most cosmopolitan shopping precinct boasting retail centres Myer, David Jones, Glasshouse, Sydney Arcade, Westfield Sydney, Mid City Shopping Centre and The Strand Arcade.
With more than 600 specialty stores, Myer, and David Jones, all within two city blocks you're almost certain to find something to fit your style and budget. Location - 800m from the hotel
Queen Victoria Building - Rich in history and architecturally splendid, the Queen Victoria Building (QVB) occupies an entire block on Sydney's George Street, and has over 180 of Sydney's finest fashion boutiques, jewellery shops and homewares, accompanied by delightful cafes and restaurants. The dominant feature is the mighty centre dome, which during the Christmas period is occupied by a giant Christmas tree, a must see for any visitor. Glorious stained glass windows and splendid architecture endure throughout the building and an original 19th century staircase sits alongside the dome. Location - 750m from the hotel
Sydney Tower Eye - Sydney Tower Eye takes you to the highest point above Sydney for breathtaking 360 degree views of the beautiful harbour city. From the golden beaches to the distant Blue Mountains, you'll be amazed by the views. Your ticket includes the 4D cinema experience - the first produced in Australia - where you can uncover a new dimension to Sydney through a whole new perspective. The engaging film experience is taken to the fourth dimension with evocative in-theatre effects including wind, bubbles and water! The Observation Deck offers state-of-the-art technology, including high powered binoculars and multilingual touch screen panels that tell every visitor interesting facts about the famous landmarks they are looking at. Location - 850m from the hotel
Australian National Maritime Museum - Spectacularly located at the Sydney's waterfront at the northern end of Darling Harbour, the Australian National Maritime Museum is a distinctive indoor/outdoor attraction and a great day's entertainment for the whole family.
Enter the awesome world of underwater warfare aboard the submarine; explore the last of the big gun destroyers; marvel at Spirit of Australia - the fastest boat in the world, or HMB Endeavour - Captain Cook's vessel of discovery, and visit James Craig the 1874 Tall Ship (when in port). Explore that danger and drama of Navy life inside the interactive Action Stations exhibit- a museum experience like no other. The museum also hosts six permanent galleries and an ever-changing program of temporary exhibitions and a fleet of historic craft at its wharves. At weekends and school holidays, there's a fantastic program of activities and things to do for kids of all ages. Location - 900m from the hotel
The Chinese Garden of Friendship - The Chinese Garden of Friendship is nestled at the south end of Darling harbour and a short walk from Chinatown. Entering the garden is like walking backwards in time into the quiet solitude of ancient Chinese architecture and it's relationship with nature. The garden combines the elements of water, plants, stone and architecture.
Running water, towering willow trees, cool lagoons with lotus plants and large colourful fish all make this an idyllic spot to read a book or recharge your batteries. The garden features waterfalls, lakes, pavilions, sculptures and local wildlife such as the water dragon, koi carp and several species of birds. Free public programs and other events, including school holiday programs, are offered throughout the year. Location – 250m from the hotel
SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium - Located in the heart of Darling Harbour, SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium is an underwater journey of amazing discovery with 12 extraordinary themed zones. The Aquarium is one of the world's largest aquariums - with over 700 different species and 13,000 animals in an impressive six million litres of water. It is also home to the world's largest variety of sharks and rays, as well as Australia's most famed marine animals, including dugongs and tropical reef fish.
SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium is also home to the world's first-of-its kind penguin exhibit, Penguin Expedition. Inspired by Macquarie Island, this sensory experience will allow visitors to get up close and personal to a spectacular colony of King and Gentoo Penguins by transporting you on a raft through a sub-Antarctic journey like no other amidst flurries of snow, whistling winds and stunning Southern Lights. Location -900m from the hotel
WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo - WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo is an Australian animal adventure in the heart of Sydney. Step into an animal adventure as you journey around Australia. Walk through iconic Australian habitats and encounter some of the most loved, feared and unique animals. Encounter the world’s most dangerous bird, the Cassowary, in the Daintree Rainforest, get up close & personal with an Australian saltwater crocodile, explore Kangaroo Walk-About, and meet koalas in Gum Tree Valley and more!
WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo features interactive displays, entertaining keeper talks and enhanced walk-through habitats including Koala Encounters, Kangaroo Walk-About and Butterfly Tropics. Location – 900m from the hotel
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum - Experience the glittering world of fame and Aussie 'legends' with a day at Madame Tussauds Sydney. You can take a call in the oval office desk next to Barack Obama and pose in the Royals family portrait. Visitors can also explore the new sports zone and challenge Yao Ming to a game of basketball, or grab a cricket bat and step onto the pitch with Sachin Tendulkar. Then, have a dance with Taylor Swift in the music zone before heading to the A-List zone where you can share a drink with Rebel Wilson or Angelina Jolie! Location - 900m from the hotel
Circular Quay - On the edge of beautiful Sydney Harbour, Circular Quay in Sydney Cove is a gateway to many iconic attractions. Stroll along the eastern side to the Sydney Opera House and Royal Botanic Garden. Hop on a ferry and explore one of the world’s great natural harbours, visiting gems such as Taronga Zoo or you can take a ferry across the sparkling harbour to Manly, Watsons Bay or under the Sydney Harbour Bridge and along the Parramatta River to UNESCO World Heritage-listed convict sites in Parramatta. Trains and buses depart the quay too, such as the 333 bus to iconic Bondi Beach. Location - 2km from the hotel
The Rocks - As the strip of land where European settlers chose to step ashore in 1788, The Rocks is essentially the birthplace of modern Sydney. Discover the colourful history of The Rocks, from a British colony of convicts, soldiers and sailors to a thriving 21st century entertainment precinct, on various tours. Amble along on cobbled laneways, enjoy a cool drink in Australia’s oldest pubs, and marvel at iconic attractions – the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. For breathtaking views of beautiful Sydney Harbour, ascend the bridge with BridgeClimb Sydney or go to the Pylon Lookout. With many things to do and see, a great way to see The Rocks is on foot. There are markets, museums, galleries and delicious food and wine experiences. Take a self-guided tour or join The Rocks Walking Tours departing from outside Cadmans Cottage, built in 1816. A creative hub, The Rocks is home to the Museum of Contemporary Art and The Rocks Markets are enticing too, with the food market on Friday and the weekend market has more than 200 stalls. Location - 2km from the hotel
Sydney Opera House - Experience Sydney Opera House - one of the world's most creative and busiest performing arts centres and greatest triumphs of modern architecture. Come and spend a day at the World Heritage site and you will be amazed at the life, culture and activity bursting from beneath the sails. Hop on one of the daily tours and discover the stories, history and magic of the building plus see the extraordinary interiors surrounding some of the most magnificent theatres and venues. The Sydney Opera House is home to 1600 performances each year including ballet, opera, theatre, dance, music, comedy, kids shows, talks and more. Location - 2.4km from the hotel
Sydney Fish Markets - Sydney Fish Market offers visitors and Sydneysiders the opportunity to experience an authentic working fish market. It is the largest market of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and the world's second largest seafood market in terms of variety outside of Japan.
Business for the market begins at 5.30am when seafood buyers arrive to check the day's catch before the auction, where 2,700 crates (52 tonnes) are sold per day. Visitors to Fish Markets have the opportunity to book a Behind the Scenes Tour and see all the action. Retailers at the Fish Markets offer a wide variety of fresh seafood and much more. Buy some seafood for dinner or come for lunch to enjoy a yummy fresh seafood meal on the wharf overlooking the water.
Sydney Seafood School is also located at the market; it holds a variety of seafood cookery classes including some hosted by Australia's leading chefs! Location - 2.1km from the hotel
Barangaroo - Barangaroo is located on the western edge of Sydney's Central Business District, on the shores of the world famous harbour. Barangaroo showcases how city populations can live sustainably with a new, 21st century western face to the city. It includes six hectares of busy public waterfront walks and parks, including the beautiful Barangaroo Reserve, as well as commercial office towers and apartments, all serviced by new and extended transport systems.
Barangaroo Central will be a stimulating place with civic, educational and recreation spaces, and a range of interesting things to do. Barangaroo is an area for the community with buildings and open-air spaces for festivals, entertainment, arts, culture, and educational activities. Location - 2.5km from the hotel
Royal Botanic Gardens - The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, an oasis of 30 hectares in the heart of Sydney. Wrapped around Farm Cove at the edge of Sydney Harbour, the Gardens occupy one of Sydney's most spectacular positions. Established in 1816, it is the oldest scientific institution in the country and is home to an outstanding collection of plants from Australia and overseas. From the provocative rare and threatened plants of the world to the romantic rose garden, the themed garden areas show the diverse beauty of nature. Special features include: Cadi Jam Ora - First Encounters is a garden display that remembers and acknowledges the Cadigal - the original inhabitants of Sydney's city centre - and their relationship with this land. Aboriginal Heritage Tours of the Royal Botanic Garden run every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, departing 10am from the Garden Shop. Bookings are essential online. A free guided walking tour departs 10.30am daily from the Garden Shop. Location – 2.3km from the hotel
Sydney is one of the world’s most loved cities and it has a lively and vibrant buzz that makes it the ultimate destination throughout the year. Sydney is the premier city for events in Australia. The city ends each year and kicks-off every new-year with a world-renowned display of NYE fireworks . There are countless festivals, cultural exhibitions, days of celebration, and sporting events filling Sydney’s calendar. With the ability to entice people to from around the world, Sydney is always buzzing with activity, no matter which season!
Sydney knows how to throw a party and, with a number of public holiday celebrations held throughout the year, you’ll be able to experience some of Sydney’s legendary hospitality. The holiday and new-year period moves seamlessly into a celebration of the city itself, with Vivid Sydney bringing lights, music, fun and frivolity to the streets. Events and holidays that are important to Australia’s history, including Australia Day and ANZAC Day, are solemn yet joyful times, with parades and other public events on offer.
International sporting rivalries and other sporting events are played out on Sydney’s world famous sporting arenas. Whether you are cheering for the Green and Gold as they do battle with international foes, or get immersed in the parochial appeal of Sydney’s local sporting rivalries, sporting events in Sydney will leave you wanting more of the city’s dynamic atmosphere.
With world-class facilities, Sydney is also home to Australia’s best cultural events. Sydney’s thriving arts community is on display alongside the best of the world in the city’s performance spaces, such as the Sydney Opera House and the Capitol Theatre. Exhibitions from around the world often choose to make a temporary home in Sydney, set amongst some of the best museums in Australia.
So whether you’re in the mood for frivolity and street parties, aperitifs at the Opera House, or wearing the colours of your favourite sporting team, Sydney plays host to the events that are important to you.
For more information on these events occurring throughout the year please visit Sydney’s Event Calendar
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From the Airport: Drive north along Botany Rd for approximately 4.1km’s, then turn left onto Henderson Rd. Turn right immediately onto Wyndham St, and continue onto Gibbons St. Proceed straight onto Regent St, continue straight onto Lee St, then use the left 2 lanes to merge onto George St. Turn left onto Liverpool St, and the hotel entrance is approximately 85m ahead on the left.
The nearest train station is Town Hall, which is approximately 350m away. Walk south on George St, then turn right onto Liverpool St. The hotel entrance is approximately 85m ahead on the left.