Darling Harbour Events

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Darling Harbour is a vibrant waterfront Sydney hub, hosting a myriad of great festivals and activities all year round. Every season boasts major events like New Years Eve, Australia Day and Chinese New Year to cultural festivals, celebrations such as "Fiesta", "Santa Fest" and 'Month of Love", plus regular weekend Harbourside Fireworks. More Info ...

Upcoming Events

  • Fireworks Saturdays in October
  • Whale Watching daily 31 October 
  • Justice League at Madame Tussauds Sydney daily to 31 December
  • Star of the Show Ferris Wheel daily to 28 February 2019 


  • When Saturdays in October
  • Where Darling Harbour
  • What Fabulous fireworks lighting up the Darling Harbour night sky
    • From 8.30pm Saturday nights
    • Free!
  • Why not join the Sunset Dinner Cruise to unwind after a busy day of sightseeing or shopping. Enjoy a three course dinner with drinks and harbour views, then disembark at 6.30pm for a leisurely stroll along King St Wharf, pop into a bar (or two) and arrive at Cockle Bay in time for the light show. 


  • When Daily to 31 October  
  • Where Cruise transfers available from Pier 26 Darling Harbour
  • What The 2018 Sydney Whale Watching season is on course to break all records. Humpback sightings have continued to increase every year and these amazing mammals just love to show off with breaches, tail slapping and even a close up wink when they are feeling extra curious. 
    • See the gentle giants of the sea on their annual migration
    • Up to 2 daily departures
    • 95%+ Whale sighting success
    • Visit the Whale Watching pages for full details

CAPTAINS SPECIAL - Book now and save from just $55 per person. Visit our Whale Watching page for more details and bookings.


  • When Daily to 31 December 
  • Where Darling Harbour, Aquarium Wharf
  • What Escape the cold winter air and step into the DC universe for some interactive fun
    • Help Superman lift a helicopter 
    • Summon Batman with the Bat-Signal
    • Help Superwoman save the city
    • Run alongside the Flash! 
  • Why not make a day, or two, of it and jump on a Hop on Hop off Cruise after or before your visit Madame Tussauds. Visit the Hop on Hop off page for details on a variety of attraction packages and savings. 


  • When Daily
  • Where Harbourside Amphitheatre
  • What See the sights of Darling Harbour from a unique vantage point - up in the air!
    • Operates daily 10am - 11pm (and until midnight Fri - Sun)
    • Ride duration approx 10 minutes
  • Why not follow up your aerial views with some aqua therapy? Sydney Harbour Cruises depart all throughout the day from just across the Pyrmont Bridge. Visit the Captain Cook Cruises ticket office at Pier 26 for info and bookings


Watch this space for all the upcoming events ...

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Options Travel date Price from  
Whale Watching  19 May-31 Oct   From $55pp Visit the Whale Watching page for info & bookings
Grandparents Day  28 October   From $49pp Visit the Grandparents Day page for info & bookings
Melbourne Cup  06 November   From $125pp Visit the Melbourne Cup page for info & bookings
Christmas Day  25 December   From $179pp Visit the Christmas Day page for info & bookings
Boxing Day  26 December   From $79pp Visit the Boxing Day page for info & bookings
New Years Eve  31 December   From $849pp Visit the New Years Eve page for info & bookings
Options Travel date Price from  
Sightseeing Cruises Limited time   From $35pp Visit the Sightseeing page for info & bookings
Hop On Hop Off Limited time   From $49pp Visit the Hop On Hop Off page for info & bookings
High Tea Cruise Limited time   From $59pp Visit the High Tea page for info & bookings
Lunch Cruises Limited time   From $69pp Visit the Lunch Cruise page for info & bookings
Dinner Cruises Limited time   From $89pp Visit the Dinner Cruise page for info & bookings
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February 14
Christmas Day
December 25
Boxing Day
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Fathers Day
Seniors Festival
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November - December
Christmas in July
Big Ships in Sydney
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Good Food Month
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March - June 
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