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

  • Christmas Festivities daily to 25 December 
  • Star of the Show Ferris Wheel daily to 28 December 
  • Summer School Holidays 16 December to 29 January 
  • New Years Eve 31 December 


  • When 17 November to 25 December
  • Where Darling Harbour
  • What Join the festivities and celebrate in the lead-up to Christmas
    • A festive forest, open air cinema, Christmas markets & more
    • Free!
  • Why have sandwiches again when you could be tucking in to a Buffet Lunch (without the dishes)? Treat the family with absolute harbour views - the kids will love it, especially when followed by exploring the seasons festivities Darling Harbour has to offer! Visit the Buffet Lunch page for the latest specials.


  • 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
    • 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


  • When 16 December - 29 January
  • Where Pier 26 (next to Sydney Aquarium) and King St Wharf No.1, Darling Harbour
  • What Great deals on a huge range of Sydney Harbour sightseeing and dining cruises during NSW school holidays. Visit the School Holiday Fun page for details 
    • Kids cruise FREE on selected cruises*
    • FREE ferry with entry to SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo or Madam Tussauds*
    • Discounts for groups of 6 or more on dining cruises
    • Hop On Hop Off cruises - 24 hours of family fun
    • Plus more!
    • Visit the School Holiday Fun page for full details


  • When Thursday 31 December
  • Where Darling Harbour
  • What An impressive display of special NYE fireworks 
    • 9.00pm & midnight
    • Free!
  • Why not make the most of this massive Sydney event and celebrate in style aboard a special New Years Eve fireworks cruise. Lots of options from first class la carte dining with live entertainment or a buffet dinner with DJ to BYO picnic cruises. Cruises depart Darling Harbour and Circular Quay, but hurry - tickets selling fast! More Info ..


Watch this space for all the upcoming events ...

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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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Other Cruises - Special Events

New Years Eve
December 31
Australia Day
January 26
Valentines Day
February 14
Christmas Day
December 25
Boxing Day
December 26
Vivid Festival
May - June
Melbourne Cup
Mothers Day
Fathers Day
Seniors Festival
Christmas Parties
November - December
Christmas in July
Big Ships in Sydney
Year Round
Food Festival
Good Food Month
School Holiday Fun
Great Offers for Kids
Whale Watching
May - November
Earth Hour
March - June 
Sydney Royal Easter Show
March - April
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