Darling Harbour

Why live in Darling Harbour?

Well before Captain Arthur Phillip and his crew arrived in Sydney Harbour, the area we now call Darling Harbour was called “Tumbalong” by the local Aboriginals. This name is retained today by the park at the centre of the suburb.

The name Darling Harbour dates back to 1826, when Governor Darling decided to give himself a glimpse of immortality. In those far off days, the area was primarily a seaport surrounded by warehouses, factories, cattle yards and course, hotels. In 1858, the first Pyrmont Bridge was built, providing a quick link to the city.

By the early 1980’s, Darling Harbour had become redundant as a port, and pretty much derelict. In 1985, work began to redevelop the area for public recreation and housing. These days, it’s a place to stroll, eat, drink and live a chic inner city lifestyle.

Famous Landmarks
The public area of Darling Harbour with its convention and exhibition centre, Chinese gardens, the Maritime Museum, and of course the Casino are some of the more notable landmarks.

Real Estate & Design
Aside from its contemporary public buildings, Darling Harbour is a blend of modern apartments, and old warehouses converted into sleek city lofts.

Restaurants & Cafes
The western side of Darling Harbour is focussed on feeding the hordes of Sydneysiders and tourist that descent each weekend. There, you’ll find everything from a fast burger to a slow and elegant meal. A short walk across the Pyrmont bridge to Cockle Bay, and you’re amongst great restaurants, casual dining, and the wonderful Pontoon bar for a cold beer on a sublime summer evening.

Local convenience stores attend to daily needs, with more extensive shopping at the nearby Broadway Centre with its supermarkets and specialty stores. The Darling Harbour public areas are home to a variety of retailers to suit both locals and the many tourists.

Schools, Education & Institutions
Whilst Darling Harbour is only a short walk or drive to private schools of the calibre of Sydney Grammar, State Schools such as Fort Street, Sydney University and the University of Technology.

Sports and Fitness
Darling Harbour is more suited to the gentle exercise of walking or vigorous socialising. Otherwise nearby CBD gym’s are the go.

Distance from the CBD & Transportation
The CBD is only 1 km away, so walking is a pleasant way to reach the city. Otherwise, there are plenty of RTA buses and the light rail.