Darling Harbour

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In the evening after our walk from Bondi to Coogee we ate at our apartment and then walked the short distance to Darling Harbour.

At one time a busy part of the Port of Sydney, it declined and became derelict in the 1980’s but, like many former harbours round the world, it has been redeveloped and reinvented as an area of leisure pursuits and tourist attractions. This has been a gradual process. When I was in Sydney three years ago it seemed quite a soulless place despite the siting of tourist attractions – the Australian National Maritime Museum, a Sealife Aquarium, Sydney Wildlife World and a branch of Madame Tussards. Since then further development has clearly taken place and it seems to have become much more lively. That was certainly the case during the evening we visited. On a warm evening the bars and restaurants that line the quays were bustling.

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Pyrmont Bridge crosses the harbour from east to west connecting Cockleshell Bay to the suburb of Pyrmont. Once a working class area occupied by dockers and industrial workers, with the change in the character of the area it’s become gentrified.

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The International Convention Centre stands on the west side of the harbour and opened in December 2016

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The modern building was designed by two architectural firms, Hassell and Populous.

Connected tot he convention centre is an Exhibition Centre

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and the ICC Sydney Theatre.

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All looked very impressive lit up after sunset.

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