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

  • Whale Watching Cruises - Weekends & daily during school holidays
  • Father's Day - Sunday 6 September
  • Star of the Show Ferris Wheel - Daily
  • Sydney Harbour Gift Certificates - Buy now, cruise later


  • When Weekends plus daily during NSW School Holidays  
  • Where Darling Harbour King St Wharf 1
  • What This 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
  • Captains Special from Adult $59 (normally $95), Child $50. Visit our Whale Watching page for more details and bookings.


  • When Sunday 6 September
  • What Gift him an experience this Father's Day. Choose a lunch, dinner or whale watching cruise at up to 35% off, or an open-dated Cruise Cash voucher and let him decide! 
    • Dinner Cruises from $89pp
    • Lunch Cruise from $75pp
    • Whale Watching from $79pp
    • Cruise Cash vouchers from $50
    • Visit the Gift Certificates page for more info & bookings


  • 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 across the Pyrmont Bridge and along King St Wharf. Visit the Captain Cook Cruises ticket office at King St Wharf 1 for info and bookings.


  • When Year-round
  • Where Online
  • What While we're unable to cruise right now, we still have great savings on open-dated gift certifcates so you can buy now and travel later. Certifcates are emailed instantly and valid for up to 3 years for Cruise Cash, and 9 months for pre-selected cruises. Purchase online now and save up to 40%.


Watch this space for all the upcoming events ...

Select cruise and date below

Options Travel date Price from  
Vivid Sydney  22May-13Jun20   From $25pp Visit the Vivid Sydney page for info & bookings
New Year's Eve 31Dec20   From $499pp 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 $50pp 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
Order online & save