Darling Harbour Events

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.

Upcoming Events

  • Spring School Holidays 28 September to 13 October 
  • AQUA TONIC Gold Lunch 27 October
  • Fireworks Saturdays in October
  • Whale Watching till 30 October 


  • When 28 September - 13 October
  • 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 
    • Kids cruise FREE on selected cruises*
    • FREE ferry with entry to SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo or Madame Tussauds*
    • Whale Watching Cruises
    • Discounts for groups of 6 or more on dining cruises
    • Hop On Hop Off cruises - 2-days of family fun
    • Plus more!
  • Visit the School Holiday Fun page for full details


  • When Saturday 27 October
  • Where Darling Harbour King St Wharf No.1
  • What A celebration of Seafood & Wine. Join our Aqua Tonic Gold Lunch Series, hosted by Captain Cook Cruises in partnership with Humpty Doo Barramundi and Tyrrell's Wines. 
    • 6 course menu featuring Humpty Doo Barramundi 
    • Superior selection of Tyrrell's wines 
    • Cruise aboard flagship MV Sydney 2000

*Refer Gold Lunch page for full details and bookings


  • When Saturdays in September
  • 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 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.

Watch this space for all the upcoming events ...

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Options Travel date Price from  
Whale Watching Cruises 18May-30Oct   From $55pp Visit the Whale Watching page for info & bookings
AQUA TONIC Gold Lunch 27Oct19   From $129pp Visit the Gold Lunch page for info & bookings
Grandparent's Day 27Oct19   From $59pp Visit the Grandparent's Day page for info & bookings
Melbourne Cup 05Nov19   From $119pp Visit the Melbourne Cup page for info & bookings
Hopkinson Smith 29Nov19   From $199pp Visit the Hopkinson Smith 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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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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