Things to Do in Darling Harbour | PARKROYAL Darling Harbour

Things To Do in Sydney, Darling Harbour

Located on the spectacular Sydney Harbour, the city is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city boasting an infinite number of exciting attractions and things to do in Sydney.

From fine-dining by the harbour to surfing at world-famous beaches, discover a whole new world of experiences through the recommendations of our knowledgeable PARKROYAL people at PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydney.

Sea Life Aquarium

Boasting sharks, seals and two of only four dugongs in captivity in the Southern Hemisphere, SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium is a must-see destination.

Experience an underwater adventure at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

Discover life from the ocean floor at Sydney’s SEA LIFE Aquarium – an impressive attraction that lets visitors come face-to-face with hundreds of species of fish and marine animals all in one place.

With more than 6,000 creatures calling Sydney Aquarium home – from sharks, stingrays and sea dragons to penguins, turtles and tropical fish – this aquatic playground offers guests an incredible opportunity to get up close and personal with a wide variety of water-dwellers.

Capitol Theatre

Nestled in the heart of Sydney, the historic Capitol Theatre is host to a range of world-class musicals and events.

Experience world-class theatre and the best of Sydney’s performing arts at the historic Capitol Theatre. Nestled in Sydney’s Haymarket district, Capitol Theatre is renowned for bringing internationally acclaimed and award-winning productions to Australia’s biggest city. Past performances have included smash hits like Les Miserables, The Lion King, Wicked and Chicago.

Getting There

Situated just a short 10-minute walk away from the Capitol Theatre, guests at PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydney are well placed to enjoy an evening of entertainment. Choose our accommodation near Capitol Theatre Sydney and make the most of all this historic venue has to offer – from critically acclaimed productions to intimate concerts.

Town Hall

Town Hall is highly-acclaimed for its rich cultural heritage and High Victoria interiors.

Explore one of Sydney’s most historic buildings and see an important cultural landmark up close with a visit to Town Hall. Built in 1889, the Town Hall building is renowned for its limestone façade and Victorian architecture. One of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken in Sydney at the time of construction, Town Hall has remained an important heritage site in the city for more than a century.

With spacious rooms, ample amenities and an enviable location in the heart of the city, PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydney stands out amongst other hotels near Sydney Town Hall. See the building in all its glory when you book your stay with us.

Sydney International Boat Show

Sydney International Boat Show

Sydney International Boat Show is happening between August 1 to 4. 

From paddleboards to power cruisers, sail boats to fishing gear, the 55th edition of the Sydney International Boat Show is your opportunity to check out the best and brightest in boating, watercraft and marine tech. With a showstopping lineup of entertainment and experiences in one stunning location, it’s a celebration that absolutely everyone can enjoy. Clear your calendar and be inspired by all things aquatic from August 1 to 4.

King Street Wharf and Cockle Bay Wharf

King Street Wharf and Cockle Bay Wharf are vibrant hubs of cuisine and culture.

Enjoy the best of Sydney’s waterfront from King Street Wharf and Cockle Bay. This vibrant neighbourhood in Darling Harbour is a hub of shops, restaurants and entertainment venues, drawing visitors from all over the city who come to relax and enjoy the nightlife down by the water.

Just a 10-minute walk from King Street Wharf and mere moments from Cockle Bay, guests of PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydney are well placed to take advantage of the many delights found in and around these vibrant precincts. Conveniently located near some of Sydney's other star attractions, including the Capitol Theatre,Town Hall and the fascinating Sea Life Aquarium , there’s plenty of entertainment to enjoy when you stay at 


Ideally situated on Cockle Bay Wharf with sweeping views of the harbour, Dockside is one of Sydney's premier culinary destinations.

Occupying an enviable location on the waterfront at Cockle Bay, Dockside is a multi-function venue and premier events space in Sydney. With capacity for up to 1,200 guests, this unique area offers an extraordinary atmosphere for weddings, birthdays and other special gatherings. Serving innovative dishes and reimagined classics with locally sourced Australian produce, Dockside has fostered a reputation for culinary excellence to match its impressive ambience, panoramic views and versatile room design.

Conveniently located less than a ten-minute walk away, PARKROYAL Darling Harbour stands out amongst other hotels near Dockside Sydney. Book your stay in one of our luxurious rooms or suites today and see this spectacular venue for yourself.

Metro Theatre

The Metro Theatre is one of Sydney's most prominent musical venues, hosting an exciting line up of local and international artists.

Discover one of Sydney’s most prominent musical venues at the Metro Theatre. Located in a former cinema in the heart of the city, this historic venue plays host to some of the most exciting live gigs in the country and has opened its doors to a variety of electrifying local and international performances over the years.

Renowned as an independent rock club and famed for being a pivotal breakthrough venue for up-and-coming Australian artists, the Metro Theatre is a landmark institution in Sydney's music scene. Home to two distinct performance spaces, The Forum and The Lair, the Metro Theatre is able to host a range of live events, from large concerts to more intimate acoustic performances.   

New Year's Eve

Conveniently located to ring in the New Year, PARKROYAL Darling Harbour is the perfect hotel to relax after a night of celebration.

Ring in the New Year in one of PARKROYAL Darling Harbour's luxurious rooms or suites, which offer the perfect vantage point to see Sydney's spectacular fireworks showcase.

Watched by millions of revellers around the world on television and online, the festivities on Sydney’s waterfront are even more impressive in person. At the stroke of midnight, the magnificent display begins – lighting up the dark night sky and officially marking the change of the calendar.

During the lead up to midnight, a series of other New Year’s Eve events take place in and around Sydney to add to the excitement. Families with young children can enjoy an earlier fireworks show followed by the Harbour of Light Parade, where an impressive flotilla of more than 40 boats dressed in bright lights illuminate the harbour.

With spacious rooms, great amenities and an enviable location near the heart of the action, our Sydney New Year’s Eve accommodation is the perfect starting point for the city’s iconic celebrations.