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Darling Harbour: Even Better after Dark

Sydney’s Darling Harbour precinct has long been a tourist drawcard, and an expansion in recent years to include the dining spots of Cockle Bay Wharf and King Street Wharf means locals love it just as much. While the stunning waterfront location, shopping, and attractions such as Sydney Aquarium, Madame Tussauds, the Maritime Museum and the Chinese Gardens are reason enough to go, make sure you visit both day and night. As those in the know will tell you, Darling Harbour is even better after dark.

The location

One of the best reasons to visit Darling Harbour at night is its stunning location. Nestled just a hop, skip and jump from the centre of town, you can spend a perfect evening shopping at Harbourside (open until 9pm), wining and dining at bustling bars and restaurants, and relaxing with a stroll by the beautiful waterside. Darling Harbour affords spectacular night views of the city skyline, and with shimmery coloured reflections lighting up the water and boats idling by, it’s a visual feast that shouldn’t be missed.

Restaurants and bars

Darling Harbour dining is another major reason to visit the district after dark. Darling Harbour, King Street Wharf and Cockle Bay Wharf are home to dozens of first-class restaurants and cafes. Sipping on a cocktail or glass of wine while you survey the city lights is a fabulous experience. You’ll also discover first-class international and modern Australian cuisine, and perhaps even put on your dancing shoes for a trip to one of the nightclubs.

Nightly entertainment

There’s always plenty on offer if you’re looking for evening entertainment. The Qantas Credit Union Arena (still known to most as the Sydney Entertainment Centre) has played host to legendary musicians from around the world for decades. It closes in December this year, with a visit from Sir Elton John, so get in quick to see what’s on and pay a final visit to this much-loved institution. Looking for other options? Visit Darling Harbour’s IMAX theatre to see a flick on the world’s largest movie screen, roll the dice at the casino, or for something a little more serene (and a visual treat), stroll to Darling Quarter to discover Luminous, the world’s largest interactive light installation (on until 2020). It’s definitely best appreciated after dark.

Georges Mediterranean Bar & Grill

Among the restaurants on Darling Harbour, Georges is renowned for its fabulous location, comfortable surrounds and authentic Greek cuisine. We’d love to welcome you one evening, so feel free to make a booking to enjoy our extensive menu, and a glass of wine overlooking the gorgeous harbour!