Immediately east of the city centre lies Darling Harbour, once a grimy industrial docks area which lay moribund until the 1980s when the State Government chose to pump millions of dollars into the regeneration of this prime city real estate as part of the 1988 Bicentenary Project. The huge redevelopment scheme around Cockle Bay, which opened in 1988, included a massive new shopping and entertainment precinct as well as a convention centre.
Today Darling Harbour has plenty of attractions: an aquarium, entertainment areas, a shopping mall, an IMAX cinema, a children’s playground, gardens, and a convention and exhibition centre. However, it’s only recently that Sydneysiders themselves have embraced it. Sneered at for years by locals as tacky and touristy, it took the Cockle Bay and King Street Wharf developments on the eastern side of the waterfront – with upmarket cafés, good bars and restaurants – to finally lure them.
The event is not located in the International Convention Centre but on the oposite side of the harbour in the Cockle Bay Wharf building on the first floor.
The Location - Dockside Cockle Bay, Darling Harbour
Hotels in Sydney are busy the year round and we suggest you book early to get good deals. Hotel search sites are normally the best way to go. A very good one is Trivago as it uses all the other search sites as comparison.
A large selection of 3-5 start hotels are located close to the Dockside Function Centre, some of which are listed below. Delegates are asked to make their own accommodation arrangements.
Sofitel Darling Harbour:
Novotel Darling Harbour:
Ibis Darling Harbour:
Ibis Sydney King Street Wharf:
Park Royal Darling Harbour:
Things to do in Sydney
1. CLIMB THE SYDNEY HARBOUR BRIDGE
With a BridgeClimb experience, you’ll enjoy a stunning 360-degree view of the harbour city. Find out more
2. TAKE A TOUR OF THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
Get a behind-the-scenes look at this World Heritage-listed marvel, or enjoy a star-studded performance. Find out more
3. SPEND THE DAY AT TARONGA ZOO
One of the world’s most scenic zoos, positioned right on the harbour. Get up-close and personal with Australia’s native animals, as well as rare and endangered species from all around the world. Find out more
4. THE ROCKS
Spending some time in The Rocks is a must-do Sydney experience – locals have been enjoying it for thousands of years. From a picnic lunch under the Harbour Bridge or an alfresco dinner under the stars, to shopping at the markets and The Rocks unique retailers and taking time out in a gallery or museum, The Rocks is the perfect place to escape the everyday. Find out more
5. BONDI BEACH
Discover for yourself why Bondi Beach is the famous home of Australian surf culture. Feel the sand between your toes and take a relaxing dip in the crystal-clear waters, or simply marvel at the surfers in action, from the comfort of the shore. Make a day of it, pack a picnic and watch the sun set. And be sure to keep your eye out for the lifesavers from the TV show, Bondi Rescue! Find out more
6. ART GALLERY OF NSW
Experience one of the world’s most beautiful art museums: the Art Gallery of NSW. You’ll enjoy more than the traditional gallery experience, with many lectures, films, workshops, music performances on offer, as well as Art After Hours – a free event that includes a lively mix of ever-changing performances, talks, films and music. Find out more
7. DARLING HARBOUR
Darling Harbour is renowned for its energetic entertainment offering, sumptuous restaurants, iconic attractions and vibrant calendar of seasonal events and festivals. There’s always something happening, no matter what time of year, and many events are free-of-charge. Find out more
8. ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS
Lose yourself amid the lush grounds of the Royal Botanic Gardens, the oldest botanic garden and scientific institution in Australia. Set on very shores of Sydney Harbour, it’s the perfect spot to unwind and soak up the city’s spectacular harbour views, or to enrich your botanical understanding with a guided tour. Find out more
Dockside Function Centre, Cockle Bay room, Darling Harbour
Dockside function centre, Darling Harbour
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