Darling Harbour is a really popular place to visit and is on the must see list for all the country kids. There is just so much to do at Darling Harbour that you need to make sure you have lots of time and wear comfy shoes.
My first stop was SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and it was amazing! I loved being able to stroll through the aquarium at my own pace and take in some of the amazing displays. They had a tank of jellyfish that change colour before your eyes and the sea horse tank was another of my favourite exhibits.
But the best part is walking along underwater walkways and having the tanks all around you. You can see the dugongs, sharks and stingrays up close and even watch them being fed. That ‘up close’ experience is the best way to see just how huge these creatures really are.
Madame Tussauds was our next stop and I found the story of Madame Tussaud really interesting and the wax figures looked so real. Madame Tussauds has about 70 wax celebrities, sporting heroes, rock stars and politicians on display. I knew most of them, but I admit there were a few I had never heard of before.
I made sure I got a photo with Taylor Swift and Steve Irwin but I was also really excited to see a wax figure of Victor Chang, because I had recently written an essay about him.
I just loved visiting WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo and it was so much fun knowing you were at a zoo in the heart of the city. They have a large range of native animals and even have a cassowary in residence, but the star of the attraction is definitely Rex the saltwater crocodile – he is HUGE!
There is a beautiful butterfly enclosure where you can see the gorgeous Ulysses butterfly … they are the most beautiful blue you will ever see in nature.
I held a blue tongue lizard, patted a koala and saw the nocturnal bilbies, and just before we left, we stopped by the WILD Flight Experience. This is a self-propelled ride where you are harnessed into a seat and pull yourself along the canopy of the zoo to take in the animal exhibits and the view of Darling Harbour. And you also get to go over the top of Rex’s enclosure, which for me was really scary!
You will need the whole day to enjoy all three of these attractions but make sure you take time to stroll over the bridge to the shops and visit the Australian National Maritime Museum. You can board a real life navy submarine and see a big-gun destroyer.
Darling Harbour is also home to the Chinese Gardens of Friendship, where you can walk along hidden pathways and see beautiful waterfalls, lakes, exotic plants and pavilions.
Cockle Bay Wharf is full of restaurants and bars, so you will never be stuck for somewhere to eat. And for the really fearless … which I am not! – you can take the Harbour Jet ride and zip through the water at 75km/h.
Darling Harbour is so much fun but you cannot possibly see everything in one day – which is good because that means you have to go back!
– Bella Tipping, kidzcationz.com