Your Guide To Harbourside Wharf

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Harbourside Wharf is situated in the popular Darling Harbour area and is surrounded by a wealthy collection of modern shops, bars and restaurants. There is also the added benefit of easy access to the Harbourside Shopping Centre and it is the perfect drop-off point if you’re looking to get some holiday shopping in or find a place to eat after your charter. The wharf itself is located just south of the Pyrmont Bridge on the western side of Darling Harbour. It’s a wharf that’s primarily placed to offer easy access to the shopping centre, which is one of the largest and most fully-featured in Sydney. It’s also a great stop for transport links, with a taxi rank at the front door of the centre. The light rail service is also on its doorstep, and the marina is perfect for private boats and ferry services. It’s also a relatively short walk from Sydney’s CBD.

History

The Harbourside Shopping Centre, which is also known colloquially as simply Harbourside, was first opened in 1988 by none other than Queen Elizabeth II herself as part of the redevelopment projects taking place during the Australian Bicentennial celebrations. It underwent a significant refurbishment in 2005, adding a larger food court as well as a number of unique attractions and experiences. Today, the centre continues to grow and flourish as a one-stop destination for shopping and dining in the area as home to a staggering range of restaurants, cafes and bars, with a mouth-watering array of local and international cuisines. The real selling point of Harbourside though is its location, with the waterside shopping and dining experience offering stunning views and an unmistakable atmosphere that you won’t find anywhere else in Sydney.

Attractions

Located on the water’s edge of Darling Harbour and with magnificent views of the city’s skyline, Harbourside Shopping Centre offers a unique and eclectic dining, leisure and shopping experience for tourists and locals alike. Whilst it offers some of the finest dining options in the area, and indeed in the city, the centre also boasts world-class shopping. The fashion and gift shopping opportunities at Harbourside are also extensive, with a wide range of the latest brands on offer at locations such as Glue Store, Cotton On, Lovisa, Surf Dive ‘N Ski and YD. The centre also features a 20-lane Bowling Centre, the fast-paced and exhilarating M9 Laser Skirmish game and Australia’s first Boeing 737-800 flight simulator, Flight Experience. The Harbourside Wharf is also perfectly situated for visitors to the International Convention Centre, which is located next door to the shopping centre. It’s also worth noting that parking is very reasonable at the centre, with a flat rate of just $15.

Restaurants & Bars

The shopping is excellent and there are more than enough options to keep the family entertained, but the real reason to visit Harbourside is the exquisite selection of restaurants and bars. Being so close to the waterfront means that exceptional seafood is a given, and Mediterranea provides succulent local fish prepared in a number of distinctly European styles. There’s also Blue Fish, which is an award-winning favourite amongst Sydneysiders and serves up a selection of local delicacies, including the famous seafood platter, in a casual and relaxed environment. The Harbour Bar & Kitchen, meanwhile, which only opened recently but is already becoming a firm favourite, is a celebration of all things smokey, with almost everything on the menu served directly from a roaring coal oven. If you’re in the mood for something less formal, there’s always the food court to consider, which offers top-notch international cuisine at very respectable prices. If you’ve already eaten and simply desire a quiet drink, however, consider The Port. Hailed as Sydney’s hottest new bar, this premier waterfront venue boasts a unique coastal atmosphere and serves some of the best cocktails in the city. Of course, this is just a taste of what the area has to offer, as there are over 25 restaurants to choose from, each offering something fresh and unique. This means the Harbourside Wharf is hard to beat as a drop-off location from a charter if you’re feeling peckish.