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 19 May to 31 October 
  • Vivid Sydney 25 May to 16 June 
  • Fireworks Fridays and Saturdays to 16 June 
  • Star of the Show Ferris Wheel daily to 22 July 


  • When 19 May - 31 October  
  • Where Cruise transfers available from Pier 26 Darling Harbour
  • What The 2018 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 25 May - 16 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 
    • Celebrating Vivid Sydney's 10th Anniversary 
    • Over 60 light installations and over 40 brightly lit ferries will illuminate the Harbour 
    • An exciting music program featuring St Vincent, Ice Cube and iconic Australian artist Daniel Johns  
    • Expansion into new precinct Luna Park and the much-loved Customs House returns
    • Award-winning, Australian-first global speakers at Vivid Ideas, including film-maker James Cameron
  • 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 Fridays and Saturdays to 16 June
  • Where Darling Harbour
  • What Fabulous fireworks lighting up the Darling Harbour night sky
    • From 8.00pm on Friday and Saturday nights during Vivid Sydney 
    • 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 Vivid light show and fireworks. 


  • 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


Watch this space for all the upcoming events ...

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Options Travel date Price from  
Vivid Sydney 25 May - 16 Jun   From $25pp Visit the  Vivid Sydney page for info & bookings
Whale Watching  19 May - 31 Oct   From $55pp Visit the Whale Watching page for info & bookings
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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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