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Useful information on Darling Harbour
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Sydney's Darling Harbour is a modern leisure area right on the waterfront. The harbour is world renowned and has recently become one of the city's largest shopping, dining and entertainment hot spots. Darling harbour is always alive with activity, no matter the time of day or night. King Street Wharf is just five minutes walk from the CBD and has a great range of casual dining options. Try Coco Roco for a juicy steak, authentic Malaysian at the Malay or indulge in fresh seafood at Nick's Bar & Grill.
If you've based yourself in Darling Harbour or are picking your rental car up from this location you'll find there are a number of popular destinations that are easily visited as a day trip. These can be done as part of an organised tour or in your own hire car or public transport. There are many fabulous regions of New South Wales that you can discover.
Newcastle is a city approximately 160km north of Sydney and lies at the entrance to the Hunter Valley. Expect this journey to take around two an a half hours by train. It's the seventh largest city in Australia which is not a State capital and best of all most of Newcastle's attractions are witin walking distance of the train station.
Continue into the Hunter Valley and you'll find a gorgeous mountainous region with famous wineries and national parks.
Mudgee is about three and a half hours West Northwest of Sydney via the Blue Mountains and is a cute place to visit. There are plentyof wineries, restaurants, cafes and fresh country air.
Locals both from New South Wales and Queensland will often converge at the beautiful Byron Bay for a day's getaway. It's within easy driving distance of both States, particularly if you're on the road anyway in your carhire.com.au rental car.
An interesting and little-known fact about Darling Harbour is that the precinct and its immediate surroundings are actually administered independently of Sydney's local government. The the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, which is a New South Wales state government statutory authority, takes care of the area.
A popular sight seeing option in the Sydney/Darling Harbour region is the Zig Zag Railway. It was constructed around 1866-1869, and was an acclaimed engineering feat of its era, enabling produce to make its way into Sydney from the farming regions beyond the Blue Mountains and to develop the iron ore and coal deposits found in the Lithgow Valley.
Spending all your time in Darling Harbour behind the wheel of a carhire.com.au rental car, even if it was a bargain!
A holiday is the perfect time to try out something new, such as a brand new hair cut. You'll feel refreshed and revitalised with a new look.
Elvis Hair Studio promises to release your 'inner beauty'. They're located at 241 Harbour Side Shopping Centre
If some intense relaxation is what you're after then why not consider some serious R&R at a day spa.
Top attractions in Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour is one of the world's greatest waterfront destinations for tourists and it's also one of Sydney's 'buzz' attractions. It's situated right in the heart of Sydney, close enough to walk from the CBD and is regarded as the waterside visitors' mecca. From Darling Harbour you can see the city skyline up close from the Harbourside Shopping Centre. From Sydney's only circus and acrobatic festival, to jazz, blues and latin music, there's something for every kind of traveller here.
The area has traditionally attracted families because of all the children's activities and entertainment on offer. However, with the opening of Cockle Wharf restaurant and cafecomplex a different dimension has been added catoring more for adults. Getting to Darling Harbour is easy by train, bus, metro monorail and metro light rail. Alternatively a visit to Darling Harbour is a great excuse to get on the harbour itself and onto a water taxi, ferry, harbour cruise or jet boat. Sometimes it's good to get out of your hire car for a day and explore on foot to really see the sights and meet the people of this multi cultural city.
2009 is a great time to visit Darling Harbour so book your rental vehicle and accomodation well in advance to enjoy the best it has to offer. Darling Harbour's 21st anniversary was celebrated officially on New Year's eve and features fantastic free events and awesome entertainment all year.
Star City Casino is always popular and the Lyric Theatre and the Star Theatre provide a great range of local and international entertainment events.
The kids will love a visit to Sydney Aquarium. The aquarium is one of the biggestin the world and provides an opportunity to get up close to some of Australia's most extraordinary undersea creatures.
The IMAX theatre is a great way to escape the afternoon heat in summer. It boasts a giant movie screen more than eight stories high and it displays films shot in ultrahigh definition 75mm format.
One of the best attractions is is the Chinese Garden of Friendship. This was designed in China as a celbration of Australia's Bicentenary and the garden is one of the largest of its type in the world, outside of Asia.
The area was named after Lieutenant-General Ralph Darling who was Governmor of NSW from 1825-1831. It was originally part of the commercial port of Sydney but these days it's become a leisure mecca.
In October don't miss the Darling Harbour Fiesta which will celebrate all things Latin. It includes more than 20 performances, DJ's, dance clasess, and food with a Latin flavour.
With more than 40 restaurants and 30 bars, Darling Harbour is a great place to hit the night life or simply grab a light meal. Situated on the outskirts of the Sydney CBD Darling Harbour extends from Chinatown and along both sides of Cockle Bay to King Street Wharf on the East and to Pyrmont on the west.
An abundance of shellfish caused the early settlers to name Darling Harbour as Cockle Bay and you'll still hear it referred to by this name in some of the old stories and songs from the era.
So don't miss a stopover here in your carhire.com.au rental vehicle, at least not in 2009 when there are all sorts of tourist friendly activities on offer.