Darling Harbour is where Sydney comes to celebrate at the harbour’s edge.
Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority owns and manages this 60 hectare site and 28 hectares of water (Cockle Bay) on behalf of the NSW Government. The Foreshore Authority offers a dynamic calendar of events and activations that draw more than 26 million* visitors to Darling Harbour each year. This thriving precinct hosts State significant events including Australia Day and New Years’ Eve celebrations.
Darling Harbour is a family oriented playground for all ages, with some of Sydney's most compelling attractions, including the Imax Building, Madame Tussauds, Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, Wild Life Sydney Zoo, Australian National Maritime Museum, the Chinese Garden of Friendship and the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences - Powerhouse.
The precinct boasts a fine array of waterside dining, fashionable nightspots and spectacular firework displays.
Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority delivers popular free events such as Month of Love, Cool Yule, Fiesta and Santa Fest, and hosts some 25 diverse cultural festivals at Darling Harbour throughout the year.
To develop business opportunities during the transformation of the precinct, in 2012 Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority established theDarling Harbour Alliance, a public/private partnership with Darling Harbour Live and the precinct's six core tenants:
- Australian National Maritime Museum
- IMAX Building
- Darling Park (Cockle Bay Wharf)
- Darling Quarter
- Merlin Entertainment.
The thriving Darling Harbour will soon be home to Australia’s premier integrated convention, exhibition and events destination. By keeping Darling Harbour vibrant with millions of visitors, Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority is maximising the NSW Government's investment in the new International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) – the precinct's largest transformation in 25 years, due to open in December 2016.
Construction is underway for the ICC Sydney Hotel, a new circa 600 room luxury hotel, which will be Sydney’s largest five-star hotel when it opens in 2017.
During the transformation, the interim exhibition facility, Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island is hosting many conferences and events – Darling Harbour is the accommodation, ferry and retail centre for attendees.
The NSW Government is partnering with Darling Harbour Live (comprising Lend Lease, Hostplus, Capella Capital, AEG Ogden and Spotless) to deliver a 20-hectare, $3.4 billion transformation project.
Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority will be managing the ICC Sydney contract, along with reinvigorated and expanded public spaces, and is ensuring that these integrate seamlessly into the precinct.
Copyright Darling Harbour Live 2015.
Further development is planned in Darling Harbour. This includes Darling Square, Sydney’s newest, most walkable and connected inner city neighbourhood.
The Goods Line, which opened in spring 2015, is an exciting Foreshore Authority project that creates an urban hub and connectivity to Darling Harbour from Broadway, giving the nearby student population, tourists and pedestrians easy access to Darling Harbour's shopping, cafes, bars and restaurants.
A proposal to redevelop the IMAX Building at Darling Harbour has been approved by the NSW Planning and Assessment Commission. The redevelopment includes a new 20 storey building and a separate two storey building for office, retail and entertainment uses, including a new IMAX theatre. It also includes car and bicycle parking, and upgrades to the surrounding area, including a new playground. A separate Development Application has been lodged with the Department of Planning and Environment for a hotel, retail and serviced apartments within a similar building envelope. Both options include a new IMAX theatre, car parking and upgrades to the surrounding area.
A visit to Darling Harbour is incomplete without walking the heritage listed Pyrmont Bridge. This is the oldest surviving electrically operated swing span bridge in the world, and has connected the eastern and western sides of Cockle Bay since 1902. Maintenance work is planned for pier set 7 of Pyrmont Bridge. Ahead of those works, stabilisation of the pier set has closed span 7 and boating traffic is being redirected through span 8. The swing span of Pyrmont Bridge continues to operate as usual, and thousands of visitors and commuters continue to cross the bridge every day.
Already a much-loved destination, Darling Harbour is ready for the next chapter in its story as new developments, events, ideas and collaborations add to the fabric of the precinct.
For event sponsorship enquiries, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or view the Authority's sponsorship opportunities.
*How visitors are counted
Electronic people counters are installed in key locations in Darling Harbour and The Rocks. The counters emit an infrared beam and each time a pedestrian breaks the beam a people movement is registered. Calibration and expansion calculations are applied to raw counts to ensure that final figures estimate total pedestrian flow into a precinct. These figures do include repeat visits made by visitors, workers and residents.
Last update: Friday 20 May 2016