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
  • Spring School Holidays 22 September - 08 October
  • Star of the Show Ferris Wheel daily to 28 December 
  • Kids Yoga on the Green Fridays to 16 February


  • 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 22 September - 08 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 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


  • When Fridays to 16 February
  • Where Northern Green, Darling Quarter
  • What Free kids yoga classes (2-5 years) weekly, and primary school aged kids during school holidays. Parents can join in the fun and embrace the zen!
    • Fridays 10.30am & 11.30am
    • Class duration approx 30 minutes
  • Don't forget Kids Cruise FREE* on selected Sydney Harbour cruises during the holidays too!


Watch this space for all the upcoming events ...

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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 $45pp Visit the Hop On Hop Off page for info & bookings
High Tea Cruise Limited time   From $55pp Visit the High Tea page for info & bookings
Lunch Cruises Limited time   From $65pp Visit the Lunch Cruise page for info & bookings
Dinner Cruises Limited time   From $85pp 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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