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 May
  • Mothers Day 12 May
  • Whale Watching From 18 May 
  • Vivid Sydney 24 May to 15 June


  • When Saturdays in May
  • 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 12 May
  • Where Darling Harbour, King Street Wharf No.1 
  • What Spoil mum with a Special Mother's Day Lunch or High Tea at Sea Cruise, set to the spectacular backdrop of Sydney Harbour. Visit the Mother's Day page for details 
    • High Tea at Sea Cruise from $49pp*
    • Lunch Cruises from $69pp*
    • Family Bonus - one child 4-15 years cruises for just $10 with every full paying adult on the Buffet Lunch Cruise
    • Save up to 45% on Gift Certificates on a great range of cruises

*Refer Mother's Day page for full details, conditions and bookings


  • When 18 May - 30 October  
  • Where Cruise transfers available from Pier 26 Darling Harbour
  • What The 2019 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 24 May - 15 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 50 light installations along the Vivid Light Walk
    • An exciting music program featuring FKA, The Cure, RÜFÜS plus many more!
    • Campbells Cove and Hickson Road Reserve rejoin the VIvid Light Walk
    • 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

Watch this space for all the upcoming events ...

Select cruise and date below

Options Travel date Price from  
Mothers Day Cruises 12 May   From $49pp Visit the Mothers Day page for info & bookings
Whale Watching Cruises 18May-30Oct   From $55pp Visit the Whale Watching page for info & bookings
Vivid Sydney 24May-15Jun   From $25pp Visit the Vivid Sydney 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
Gift Certificates Valid for 9 months   Save up to 35% Gift Certificates emailed instantly - no queues, no waiting!


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
Gift Certificates
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