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

  • Whale Watching 20 May - 01 November
  • Vivid Sydney until 17 June
  • Star of the Show Ferris Wheel until 24 June


  • When 20 May - 01 November  
  • Where Cruise transfers available from Pier 26 Darling Harbour
  • What The 2016 Sydney Whale Watching season was amazing and 2017 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
    • 99% Whale sighting success
    • Visit the Whale Watching pages for full details

SPECIAL - Book now and save - cruises from just $49 per person. Visit our Whale Watching page for more details and bookings.


  • When Until 17 June
  • Where King Street Wharf No.1 Darling Harbour
  • What Sydney's most spectacular outdoor lighting, music and ideas festival, and is the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. Visit the Vivid Sydney page for details 
    • Over 70 light installations and 200 artists
    • An exciting music program featuring Boy George, Goldfrapp, AIR and Nick Murphy
    • Expanded Royal Botanic Garden Sydney footprint 
    • Award-winning, Australian-first global speakers at Vivid Ideas
  • Why not join one of our Special Vivid Cruises and enjoy the Vivid lights from the harbour and away from the crowd. One hour Vivid Lights Cruises and 5pm & 7:30pm Dinner Cruises are available during Vivid Sydney with specials on offer for a limited time!

*Refer Vivid Sydney page for full details, conditions and bookings


  • When Until 24 June 
  • 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 10 minutes
  • Why not follow up your aerial views with some sea views? 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 Sun Jun 25 Mon Jun 26 Tue Jun 27 Wed Jun 28 Thu Jun 29 Fri Jun 30 Sat Jul 01
Options Travel date Price from  
Sightseeing Cruises To 31Oct17   From $35pp Visit the Sightseeing page for more info & bookings
Hop On Hop Off To 31Oct17   From $45pp Visit the Hop On Hop Off page for more info & bookings
High Tea Cruise Limited time only   From $55pp Visit the High Tea page for more info & bookings
Lunch Cruises Limited time only   From $65pp Visit the Lunch Cruise page for more info & bookings
Dinner Cruises Limited time only   From $85pp Visit the Dinner Cruise page for more 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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