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.

  • Sydney Royal Easter Show

    The Sydney Royal Easter Show is a celebration of Australian culture, from our rural traditions to our modern day lifestyles, providing unique experiences for everyone. Every Easter, the country and city join together at Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park, for fourteen days of agricultural competitions, animal experiences, live entertainment, carnival fun, shopping and much more. 

    Where: Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park

    When: 6 – 19 April, 2017

  • 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.

    The ANZAC Day March in Sydney involves approximately 20,000 war veterans, current servicemen and women, police and relatives proudly displaying war medals on crisp uniforms through the city’s CBD. Thousands line the footpaths between Sydney’s Martin Place and Hyde Park to salute our nation’s diggers.


    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

  • 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)