Darling Harbour

The old port in central Sydney has been developed in recent decades as a focal point for tourism and entertainment. The star of its attractions is the Sydney Aquarium, a huge complex that includes underwater walkways for close-up views of sharks and rays. It provides a wonderful opportunity to see the myriad creatures that inhabit the Great Barrier Reef, as well as penguins, seals, crocodiles and platypuses.

The Australian National Maritime Museum has historical exhibits that underline the country's close bond with shipping; it includes a replica of James Cook's ship The Endeavour.

The Powerhouse Museum is an extraordinary collection of nearly 400,000 objects from the fields of science and technology, design, the decorative arts, transport, engineering, industry, plus Australian history and society.

Darling Harbour also has an Imax cinema, the serene Chinese Garden of Friendship, a casino, a large shopping centre packed with souvenirs, and plenty of places to eat and drink, including the colourful and still very active Sydney Fish Market.
www.anmm.gov.au (National Maritime Museum)

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