Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia

Once, a poor relation to Sydney Harbour with its bridge, Circular Quay, and the Opera House, 
Darling Harbour has become Sydney’s new entertainment centre

Darling Harbour is such fun! There is always something of interest to see and do.  A large pedestrian-friendly area, Darling Harbour is a fantastic spot for a night out. But it isn’t just about the nightlife, it’s just as busy during the day.

Until 1984, this was just a harbour, with ships and warehouses like any other.  It was Neville Wran, the New South Wales Premiere at the time, who announced the Government's decision to redevelop Darling Harbour and "return it to the people of Sydney" in time for Australia’s 1988 bicentennial celebrations. It was formally opened by HRH Queen Elizabeth II on 4 May 1988, and has continued to grow from then.

Cape Bowling Green Lighthouse, Darling Harbour

The lighthouse no longer serves its original purpose. It is now a museum piece alongside the National Maritime Museum in Sydney. This is not even its original position. When it was decommissioned, it was moved here from the Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of Queensland, and replaced by a modern tower.

New buildings are popping up everywhere in Darling Harbour…

…but the locals seem unperturbed!

…even this wanted bushman was seen strolling freely around!

People walking over the Pyrmont Bridge that spans the harbour

The first Pyrmont Bridge began operating in 1857, and the current swingspan bridge opened in 1902, which makes it one of the world's oldest surviving electrically operated swingspan bridges. We were thrilled to be on the bridge and see the operation ourselves, as the bridge swung open to allow a ship through.

There are often exhibitions on show in Darling Harbour, and we weren’t disappointed. We were amused to see a collection of road signs from around the world. Here are some we enjoyed:-


I thought Oregon City would be quite interesting!

How exactly?

Not secret now!

Does this mean no swearing?


I guess they are!

Perhaps if you run fast enough, you can stay on the surface

Is this a license to mug the visitors?

Darling Harbour is definitely worth a visit next time you are in Sydney!

Elizabeth Coughlan


  1. We missed this when we were in Sydney but will definitely put it on our list for our next visit. The signs are so funny. Thanks for the early Sunday morning laugh.

  2. Glad you enjoyed the signs, Karen. Darling Harbour is so worth a visit. Building is still going on, and we are looking forward to our next visit to see what they will add next.


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