Sydney Darling Harbour

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Sydney Darling Harbour

 

Darling Harbour is a recreational development located to the west of the Sydney central business

district. It extends north to east from Chinatown along Cockle Bay to King Street Wharf, and to Pyrmont from north to the west. Cockle Bay is one of the waterways making up the harbor, and it opens into Port Jackson to the north.

The harbor was named after Lieutenant-General Ralph Darling. He served as the New South Wales governor from 1825 to 1831. Darling Harbour was initially part of Sydney’s commercial port, but during the great depression, its eastern part came to be known as the “Hungry Mile” because it was filled with impoverished people searching for employment along the wharves.

Under the initiative of Laurie Brereton, then New South Wales Minister for Public Works, the harbor

was redeveloped as a tourist destination during the mid to late 1980s. The Sydney Convention and Exhibition Center at the harbor hosted the 2000 Summer Olympics Games and it also served as the venue for APEC Australia 2007.

Some of Sydney’s most popular attractions are in Darling Harbour. They include the historical Carousel, the stimulating Flight Experience, the Kingpin Bowling Lounge, the adrenaline pumping M9 Laser Skirmish, the People Mover Trains, the Strike Bowling Bar, the must-see Sydney Aquarium, the iconic Sydney Monorail, and the lush Sydney Wildlife World.

 
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