Darling Harbour on a Saturday night...where do we start? There are no excuses not to get out of the house in the warmer weather, and even on a warm winters (Saturday) night.
Serenity in a busy place
For those of you who catch the train into the city, you're not far from either Central or Town Hall train stations, and ample bus and tram services are close by. Even from Circular Quay, you can catch a ferry that will take you right on King Street Wharf.
Great restaurants, cafes and bars. All different palates and tastes are catered for. There is an incentive to stick around, because, on most Saturday nights, fireworks commence at 8:30pm. It's like living New Years Eve all over again, yet on a (so called normal) Saturday night.
Darling Harbour is just stunning to walk around in, and to just simply admire on a Saturday night. Despite the crowds, Sydney does not feel crowded for once. We're all in a great mood, and so we should be. It's the weekend, and we can enjoy a lazy Sunday afterwards. Even if you have to work the next day, that's tomorrow's problem that you'll be able to solve with ease and grace after a great night out.
Time to play too. Play some chess, and/or admire some art in the Darling Quarter space. Belly dancers feature at one of the restaurants along this strip of paradise (usually after 7:30pm), of which is a real crowd stopper in itself.
Let's play and be happy
The lucky kids of Sydney get to play in the Darling Quarter playground at night. Bright lights and slippery dips do meet and become friends as well. Friends with benefits.
Kid town indeed
Great shopping, and perhaps a detox session as well. Harbourside is alive and well. If you want to get your nails done at around 7pm on a Saturday night, you're in lady luck. Despite the monorail well and truly dead, there are still plenty of options to keep us entertained at Darling Harbour on a Saturday night, either for free, but definitely on the cheap.
Last but not least, those people that either are (or try) to be funny, in tandem with demonstrating some clever tricks are out in full force, both right near Cockle Bay Wharf, and also right near the Convention Centre area, can also be entertaining. Agree, the crowds are tough to them at first, and in normal Sydney style, we eventually open up to these people...these street performers. People stay and people leave, yet it's essential to stick around and watch briefly on a Saturday night, even if your ship is not sinking, and you happen to find yourself standing in "row number 28."
Great shopping options as well
If you're feeling lucky, and with a short stroll away, there's always The Star, for those of you who are of the right age of course.
A street performer about to get started
There we have it Sydney, Darling Harbour on a Saturday night. Who would have thought this area would come alive from what it was in the early 80's.
Darling Harbour, on a Saturday night you're beautiful, and you really come alive.
Where: Darling Harbour
Why: More fun that you realise on a Saturday night.
Cost: That depends on you, yet you can have a great night out in this locale on a budget.
When: Every Saturday night :)
I don't really like Darling Harbour, except we had a 2 of 1 fabulous Indian meal there 1 evening for our wedding anniversary, about 3 years ago now. While we walked down the steps from the restaurant after dinner, the beautiful fireworks started up! I felt like it was just for our wedding anniversary! We didn't know they were on every Saturday evening!!!