The hotel we were staying at was in Haymarket, which is a few minutes walk away from Darlington Harbour. Wellington Harbour is nice, but it’s tiny compared to Darlington (I mean, so is Wellington in regards to Sydney, to be honest). We were there practically every day and evening, just walking along and having a look at everything that was going on. We also took in a lot of the attractions there, such as the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, Wildlife Zoo Sydney and Madame Tussauds Sydney. We also ended our trip by taking a dinner cruise on our last night in Sydney. Darlington Harbour is just as good (if not better) at night.
Sydney Travels – Darlington Harbour
After visiting the Chinese Garden of Friendship, we next made our way over to Darlington Harbour. We came here, most, if not all the days we were in Sydney. There was quite a few attractions on the harbour, as well as lots of places to eat and shop, and just walk around really. We were very excited the first time we saw the bridge move apart so the boat could pass, but the locals seem unimpressed. Guess its something you just get used to when you live there.
Sydney was also very nice to us and stayed sunny for pretty much our entire trip. It only rained on the night we arrived, and then got cloudy the morning we left. The temperature stayed in the 20 degrees range, which is Wellington on a hot summer day, sad to say. We soaked up all the sun we could.
Now, onto the attractions. Sea Life Sydney Aquarium was just alright, to be honest. I’ve been to a few aquariums over my life, and aquatic life was never that exciting to me.
We had fun in the gift shop though. We also found an ice block we have in New Zealand, called “Cookie Crumble”, but in Australia it’s called “Golden Gaytime” cause why not?
Before I go any further, the one thing that bugged me about these Harbour attractions is at the beginning, where they get you to take photos in front of the green screen. That’s awkward enough, but then they push quite hard for you to buy photos. I get that it’s just their job to do that, but it puts us off visiting again…
Right next to the aquarium is one of my favourite places we visited. Madame Tussauds. For those who don’t know, it’s a wax museum of celebrities/important figures. I mean, they even give you props so you can pose alongside the figures, making the whole experience even more fun and ridiculous. Plus the figures are all life size, so you can see what it would be like if you met them in real life.
If you can’t see it in the photos, I’ll tell you, I was having an insane amount of fun! More than I thought I would. I got way into it more than Rory, I think he had more fun watching me run around and taking selfies with all the figures. He followed me around taking his own photos of my shenanigans.
As we went on, Rory got a little more into the fun and ridiculous side of things.
We even found a photo booth. Only downside was that it prints out the same photos on all three strips. Ah well. Definitely go have a visit here if you want some laughs. It was a very fun afternoon, and a great time-killer.
The last attraction we saw on the harbour was the Wildlife Zoo.
I had slight mixed feelings about this zoo. The guides and keepers were all very friendly and helpful, but the areas and enclosures didn’t seem to be that big to me. At least, in comparisons to other zoos I’ve visited. There wasn’t as much animals as a regular zoo, but again this was because of size. However, we got to see lots of native aussie animals, and even see a few up close thanks to the keepers.
Pictured above is a Sugar Glider and a Quokka.
Our final visit to the Harbour was on our last night in Sydney, when we went on a dinner cruise. We went with Captain Cook Cruises, and had a Sunset Dinner Cruise. It was just an hour and a half, but it was a nice way to cap off our visit.
The food was delicious, and the cruise gave us nice views alongside the Harbour. We got to point out some of the places we’d been to, and watch the sun set.
There was also a photographer wondering around taking photos, and selling them at the end of course. We were having a good time, and decided to get ours to have as a memento. Once we got back to the Harbour, we took a nice evening stroll back to our hotel to prepare for leaving the following morning.