Although most visitors to Sydney congregate around the Harbour Bridge and Opera House, there are other delights nearby. We decided to walk into the city centre and on to Darling Harbour.
Darling Harbour is named after Lieutenant-General Ralph Darling, who was Governor of New South Wales from 1825 to 1831. The area was originally known as Long Cove or Cockle Bay until 1826 when Governor Darling renamed it after himself. The area was originally part of the port of Sydney including a large railway goods yard.
In the 1980s, when the area had become largely derelict, it was redeveloped as an entertainment and tourist area, the area came to global attention during 2000 Sydney Summer Olympic Games.
On the edge of the harbour is Chinese Garden of Friendship which you pass before entering the harbour. Rather strangely, dominating the harbour is the large Pyrmont bridge which connects the harbour to the city centre.
Darling Harbour is the location of the Australian National Maritime Museum, outside the museum is an historic fleet of 14 vessels that are docked at the museum wharves. The vessels include a replica of Captain Cook’s Endeavour, HMAS Onslow submarine and HMAS Vampire destroyer. There is even a lighthouse from 1874 which has been rebuilt here.
More modern attractions include Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, WildLife Sydney and Madame Tussauds.
For all its attractions, Darling Harbour is a great place to relax, unwind and watch the world go by. Cockle Bay and King Street Wharf have a large number of cafés, restaurants and bars where you can sit and admire the scenery and people watch.
This is a bit of a problem with Sydney, it is so easy to enjoy the outdoor life that time seems to drift away and sightseeing plans are often sacrificed for a pleasurable meal and drink in wonderful surroundings.
We succumbed to temptation with a relaxing lunch before taking the Inner Harbour ferry back to Circular Quay.
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