Destination guide

On the waterfront in Darling Harbour

A bustling waterfront district in central Sydney, Darling Harbour is known for its striking skyscrapers, world-class dining, and numerous public facilities. Home to the Sydney Aquarium, the Australian National Maritime Museum, and the bustling Paddy's Markets, you'll have plenty to do in Darling Harbour any time of the year. A Darling Harbour vacation rental also means you'll be within easy reach of nearby neighborhoods like Chinatown and the trendy Pyrmont area, and the ferry lines offer quick access to other points around Sydney Harbour.

Things to do

Something's fishy in Darling Harbour

No Darling Harbour vacation would be complete without a visit to the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium. The massive complex is home to more than 700 species of fish and other marine life, as well as an underwater tunnel where you can get singular views of sharks, rays, and fish. For a unique perspective on Darling Harbour, head to the iconic Sydney Tower _ the 1,014-foot-high structure features a restaurant and a bar, as well as an observation deck with panoramic views of the city and harbor. Around the harbor you'll find the big name attractions such as Madame Tussauds and Hard Rock Cafe.


Darling Harbour _ shop in the name of love

Shopping is a big draw in Darling Harbour, and it's easy to see why _ destinations like Paddy's Markets and the Harbourside Shopping Centre offer plenty of retail opportunities for bargain hunters and fashionistas alike. Afterwards, you can chill with a cocktail at one of the harborfront cafes, or recharge in the Chinese Garden of Friendship. A tranquil oasis within Downtown Sydney, the sprawling garden boasts exotic plants, serene walking paths, and a koi pond. Harbor cruises are also popular, and you can find plenty of companies offering regular departures throughout the day.


Darling Harbour _ summer in winter

All of Sydney has a humid subtropical climate, with warm summers, cool winters, and fairly regular rainfall all year round. Thanks to its southern latitude, the seasons are transposed _ highs average in the 70s and 80s from September through April, while May, June, July, and August generally peak in the upper 60s. A popular destination for visitors escaping colder northern weather in the early months of the year, you'll find that Darling Harbour vacation rentals are usually a little pricier during January and February, which tend to be the warmest months of the year.

Natural features

Maritime Darling Harbour

Amid the working wharfs of Sydney Harbour, the Darling Harbour neighborhood is densely urban, with skyscrapers, shopping centers, and contemporary, mixed-use developments. To the west, the Parramatta and Lane Cove rivers empty into the harbor, which in turn joins the Pacific Ocean a few miles farther east. The harbor is home to numerous fish species, and you can spot migratory and pelagic birds on Sydney Harbour's many islands. With a Darling Harbour vacation rental, you'll be at the center of a bustling maritime economy with a thriving waterfront.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Darling Harbour

Fly into Sydney, NSW (SYD-Kingsford Smith Intl.), the closest airport, located 5 mi (8 km) from the city center.

You can get around Darling Harbour by jumping on the metro at Pyrmont Bay Light Rail Station, The Star Station or Star City Light Rail Station.

Where to stay around Darling Harbour?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,467 vacation rentals near Darling Harbour. From 998 Condos/Apartments to 352 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Darling Harbour for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay near Darling Harbour?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend near Darling Harbour:

  • Balmoral: 141 vacation rentals
  • Chatswood CBD: 61 vacation rentals
  • Kings Cross: 269 vacation rentals
  • Hyde Park: 387 vacation rentals
  • Beauty Point: 84 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments near Darling Harbour?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 998 Condos/Apartments near Darling Harbour. Our other popular types of vacation rentals near Darling Harbour include:

  • Houses: 352 rentals available
  • Studios: 1,057 rentals available
  • Cottages: 11 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Villas and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool near Darling Harbour?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 381 rentals with pool available near Darling Harbour. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

    Can I book a vacation rental directly online or instantly near Darling Harbour?

    Yes, HomeAway offers a selection of 1,390 vacation rentals to book directly online and 684 with instant booking available near Darling Harbour. Don't wait, have a look at our vacation rentals via our search bar and be ready for your next trip near Darling Harbour! 

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