Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour Nearby Events

Stay up-to-date with the current activities and attractions taking place near the Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour. Near the city centre and on the beautiful Darling Harbour, our hotel offers you easy access to the best of what’s on in Sydney.

  • Celebrate the Year of the Rooster - 2017

    Celebrate Year of the Rooster 2017 at the Chinese Gardens

    Celebrate Chinese New Year in Darling Harbour’s hidden pearl, the Chinese Garden of Friendship. Over three weekends of performances, demonstrations, workshops and tours. Let the festivities begin!

    Celebrate Chinese New Year in Darling Harbour’s Chinese Garden of Friendship, with a vibrant array of creative events to entertain the whole family.

    Let the intense, intuitive Yin energy of the Fire Rooster lead you to this hidden pearl, to usher in the New Year with over three weekends of performances, demonstrations, workshops and tours.

    Be enchanted by the Chinese Chamber Music Festival 2017—a sublime summer evening of melodious music from talented international and local artists, set in the seclusion and harmony of the garden.

    Find out more information about this Darling Harbour Event

  • Anzac Day 2017

    Dawn services, wreath laying, parades and sunset services form a significant part of ANZAC Day commemorations and are held across all of NSW. Sydney's city centre hosts the State's biggest ANZAC Day services which are free to the public and all are welcome to attend


    ANZAC Day on April 25 is a national day of remembrance and commemoration. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War, and this year the two nations commemorate and remember the centenary of the landing on Gallipoli in 1915.

    ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.

    Find out more about the 2017 ANZAC Day events and activities in Sydney 

  • Sydney Mardi Gras Festival 2017

    A busy calendar packed with over 80 events kicks off Friday 17 February and takes over Sydney for two weeks until Sunday 5 March.

    Discover the bumper program of comedy, exhibitions, music, theatre, parties and community events is an all-inclusive, all-singing, all-dancing celebration of Australia's LGBTQI culture

    Find full information about this event at

  • Darling Harbour's Month Of Love

    February is the Month of Love in Darling Harbour & Cockle Bay Wharf - a time for couples when romance is in the air.

    Whether it's your first, third, or fiftieth date, prepare to feel your heart all a-flutterin' and get a spring in your step as love lifts you up!

    Celebrate Valentine's Day in sytle on the 14th of February

    About the Month of Love:

    Get ready to smooch, snuggle, swoon and sigh because we're totally smitten and want to share it with the world. All you need is love, and we're shouting it from the rooftops across the bay, all the way up to Valentine’s Day and on to Mardi Gras.

    Find out more information about the Darling Harbour 2017 Month of Love

  • Australia Day Spectacular at Darling Harbour

    Darling Harbour is hosting an incredible harbourside party. Enjoy live music, food and drink and an evening of light, sound and exhilarating fireworks for the Australia Day Spectacular. Kids will love seeing the world-famous Wiggles, as they perform at the free Children’s Festival in Darling Harbour’s Tumbalong Park, along with many other children's activities to enjoy between 11am and 6pm.

    Find out more information about this event

  • Australia Day at The Garden Bar

    Spend Australia Day 2017 at the hottest location in Sydney this summer - The Garden Bar, located between the Novotel and Ibis Hotel Darling Harbour

    Enjoy food options from the delicious BBQ menu

    Garden Bar open for guests of all ages from 12noon - 5pm


    From 5pm - 10pm (18+ Only) $50 entry fee including 1 x beverage

    DJ on the deck

    Special offers on food and beverage

    Enjoy the 9pm fireworks with prime views overlooking Darling Harbour.



    Book now to secure your spot - tickets at door will be subject to availability.

    Make an Enquiry about the Australia Day at the Ternary Garden Bar with our Restaurant & Events Sales Executive on 9288 7078 or

  • Sydney Festival

    Music, theatre, dance, opera, visual arts, ideas, free and family events. It's big. This is our city in summer

    From the central business district to Parramatta, Sydney Festival brings to life unique spaces including the Festival Village in Hyde Park, Sydney Town Hall and The Domain, as well as making the most of Sydney's best venues including Carriageworks, Riverside Theatres and Sydney Opera House

    Get more information about the 2017 Sydney Festival (

  • Live at Sydney Opera House - Australia Day 2017

    Australian superstars Tina Arena and Guy Sebastian are set to bring the house down at the free annual concert Australia Day 2017 – Live at Sydney Opera House, the Australia Day Council of NSW has announced. Music and performances on the steps of the iconic Sydney Opera House will pay tribute to Australia in an incredible display of talent curated by Australia Day creative director John Foreman, who is charged with bringing together some of the country’s greatest performers. More acts will be announced shortly. “I’m delighted to once again be bringing you Australia Day 2017 – Live at Opera House,” said John Foreman.

    “It’s a truly spectacular concert for the whole family and we’ve secured some amazing acts that will light up the stage against the beautiful backdrop of Sydney Harbour. These talented Australian artists are loved around the globe but are performing on this day because this country is so special to all of us. It will be an unforgettable night.”

    Tina Arena is one of Australia’s most accomplished performers, with a career spanning several decades and including seven top 10 albums. Based in France, the singer-songwriter is looking forward to returning home and celebrating with the nation. “Australia Day is a great opportunity to come out, eat some delicious food, listen to some amazing music and take part in the diversity that defines our country.

    “I can’t wait to be part of the day – to stand in the middle of the harbour, to sing with the harbour crowds and school choir, and give my own version of a salute to Australia,” Tina Arena said.

    Guy Sebastian, who represented Australia at Eurovision in 2015 and continues to dominate the charts, said, “I’m stoked to be performing at one of the most iconic locations in the world, the Sydney Opera House, on Australia Day. This country is incredibly diverse, and I’m looking forward to celebrating Australia with some of our greatest musical talent and hundreds of music lovers.” Australia Day has extra meaning for rising star, Natalie Conway. The up and coming singer makes her Sydney Opera House debut beside some of the country’s greatest voices and talents. 

    “I’m really excited to perform for the first time at such a landmark venue and with some of the best talent this country has produced.” The free event is brought to you by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.

    Tickets for the event will be released on January 16, via the website

    The public can register to be notified of the ticket release here. Australia Day 2017 – Live at Sydney Opera House will air Thursday, 26 January at 7.30pm on TEN and WIN Network.

    For more information on Australia Day and Australia Day 2017 – Live at Sydney Opera House, please visit

  • Australia Day at The Ternary

    Every Year Darling Harbour plays host to the nation’s biggest harbourside party every year on 26 January! Australia Day

    Darling Harbour has a free program of family-friendly fun, music and entertainment, making Darling Harbour the perfect place to celebrate our nation’s day. 

    At The Ternary, we have some of the best views of the famous Darling Harbour fireworks that go off with a bang on Australia Day.

    The bar and lounge will be open all day to enjoy refreshments while the restaurant will be open for dinner from 6:00pm - 10:00pm.

    Celebrate Australia Day 2017 with The Ternary, indulge yourself with a delicious buffet dinner including oysters and prawns


    naan bread cooked
    freshly shucked pacific oysters
    cooked king prawns w a trio of sauces
    marinaded green lip mussels
    selection of charcuterie

    noodle salad 
    greek salad 
    potato salad w whole grain mustard
    roast pumpkin + baby spinach w pine nuts 
    mixed salad

    roast loin of pork w apple compote
    Grilled steaks with onion confit + thyme
    Pan-fried fish w fennel + white wine 
    Indian chicken curry w coriander

    basmati rice
    roast vegetables: potatoes, pumpkin, sweet potatoes
    steamed vegetables

    sliced fruit
    selection of cakes + gateaux’s 
    australian + imported cheese


    Adults $89.00
    AccorPlus $79.00
    Children (4-12years) $35.00

    For more information please contact our friendly Restaurant and Events Sales Executive Nikkita on 
    +61 2 9288 7078 or 

  • Serbian Festival 2017

    Welcome to the largest Serbian Festival in the Southern Hemisphere

    Date: 4 – 5 Feb 2017

    Location: Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour.

    Discover the heart of Serbia and join us at the Serbian Festival in Sydney. Infuse yourself with the cultural traditions of this European country and enjoy a weekend of exciting performances, fun activities for the family, music, delicious food, competitions and much more!

    View the Offical Sydney Serbian Festival Website

  • The Hunger Games Exhibition at ICC

    The Hunger Games: The Exhibition celebrates the blockbuster The Hunger Games franchise and Katniss’s epic journey like never before. This dynamic exploration of the art, science, pageantry and history of the world of Panem features iconic costumes, props, and set recreations that highlight the technological wizardry and amazing artistry that brought this world to life. High-tech, hands-on interactives let you dive into exciting behind-the-scenes content, engage deeply with the world of the films, and discover a whole new side of the stories that took the world by storm.

    igniting fans of the blockbuster The Hunger Games film franchise as never before. Immersive themed environments, over one thousand authentic props and costumes, and highly interactive digital and hands-on experiences will invite visitors to step inside and explore the world of Panem as created by the films. Head inside the brand new ICC in iconic Darling Harbour, Sydney and witness the first exhibition to be held inside!

    December 20th 2016 - February 04th 2017 Coming Soon to ICC Sydney Darling Harbour, located at 321 Kent St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia.

    See full information about this event at the offical Hunger Games Exhibition site

    Tickets available at Ticketek

  • Voyage to the Deep at National Maritime Museum

    Opens 14 December 2016

    Based on French author Jules Verne’s 1870 classic 20,000 Leagues Under the Seas, the exhibition brings to life the deep-sea adventures of Captain Nemo, his fantastical Nautilus submarine and the mythical world he inhabited.

    At the centre of this fantasy world is the giant Nautilus where kids can climb aboard and discover the inner workings of a deep-sea submersible…they can take up the controls at the helm, peer through the periscopes, crank the propeller, test out the bunks and explore Captain Nemo’s Cabinet of Curiosities full of wonderful marine specimens. There’s even a bubbly pipe organ to play and a galley full of strange foods to discover!

    Kids can then slip on a dive suit and venture through the world below the waves, including the octupus’ garden with its giant clam shell and a giant squid to slide down, and then wander through the maze of seaweed in the kelp forest. They can also hunt for treasure in the wreck of a Spanish galleon or explore the lost world of Atlantis.

    Visitors will also learn real facts about our oceans today, from information on different ocean habitats and their sea creatures to the devastating impact of ghost nets (discarded or abandoned fishing nets) on marine wildlife.

    And during the school holidays, there’s plenty of associated activities to keep families entertained when visiting Voyage to the Deep. Don’t miss the kids’ craft and dress-up sessions, ghost net weaving, hands on Cabinet of Curiosities and tours for the under 5s.

    There’s also a fun family theatre show from the award-winning Money Baa Theatre Company – Captain Nemo’s Nautilus. The 35-minute shows will run twice daily from 28 December to 22 January (excl. Fridays and 1-2 January) in the museum’s theatre.

    Voyage to the Deep opens to the public on 14 December 2016. Entry is included in the museum’s Big Ticket $30 adults, $18 child/concession or $75 families (2 adults + 3 children).

    Voyage to the Deep has been developed by the Australian National Maritime Museum and will remain on show until February 2017. For full details about the exhibition and the associated school holiday activities, visit  or call 02 9298 3777.

  • Penguin Expedition at Sealife Sydney

    The Penguin Expedition is an immersive experience allowing you to get up close and personal to a spectacular colony of King and Gentoo penguins during a sensory and educational sub-Antarctic boat journey!

    A world first-of-its kind penguin exhibit where guests can get up close and personal to a spectacular colony of King and Gentoo Penguins at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium.

    A continuous chain of boats, each with a capacity of 8 guests, running all day every day carries guests on a journey along the river, through the heart of the colony.

    Immersive ride-through adventure

    Inspired by Macquarie Island – an Australian owned island that lies in the south-west Pacific Ocean – Penguin Expedition creates an explorer out of each and every guest as they travel in a raft through a rugged sub-Antarctic environment at a cool-but-comfortable six degrees Celsius.

    The voyage includes getting face-to-flipper in an awe-inspiring recreation of the penguins’ home, including magical flurries of snow, whistling winds and the stunning southern lights.

    This amazing new discovery aims to educate guests by highlighting the impacts of plastic pollution and habitat destruction affecting these majestic birds.

    Amazing discoveries await after disembarking thanks to the researchers at the Macquarie Island Explorer Hut. Guests will find out about SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium’s penguin breeding program and what they can do to help conserve Macquarie Island.

    View the Sydney Sealife Aquarium Website for full details about exciting activity

  • Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives

    Egyptian Mummies - Opens 10 December 2016

    Think you know mummies? Think again.

    Come face-to-face with six ancient Egyptian mummies and use the latest technology to go beyond the wrappings and discover what lies beneath in Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives, open 10 December 2016 until 25 April 2017.

    Six mummies selected from the British Museum collection who lived and died in Egypt between 1800 and 3000 years ago will be on display alongside their 3D CT scan visualisations that unlock hidden secrets of mummification and provide a unique insight into the everyday lives of ancient Egyptians.

    Did these mummified individuals suffer from poor health during their life? What is the significance of the paintings that adorn a coffin? How were bodies mummified to grant the deceased eternal life in the netherworld? These and other questions are answered by the mummies themselves, thanks to the cutting-edge technology utilised in this exhibition, and the age, sex, identity, state of health and mummification of each mummy will be revealed.

    Although these mummies are still wrapped, technological developments have enabled curators and researchers to virtually explore the lives of six ancient Egyptians and reveal the secrets of the mummies while preserving and respecting their original condition.

    The presentation of this exhibition is a collaboration between the British Museum and the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences.

    Visitors are advised that this exhibition contains human remains and CT scan images of mummified human remains.

    Find out more about this amazing exhibition at the Power House Musuem in Sydney (Powerhouse Musuem Website)