Whats On at Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour Hotel

What's on

Explore, Share & Discover Sydney Harbour

Beyond The Wharf Logo

Let the Sydney Harbour Ferry crew guide you to some of the best places to eat, drink, shop and explore around Sydney Harbour.

Go Beyond The Wharf to get more out of your Sydney stay!

Welcome Aboard!

Visit beyondthewharf.com.au

Art & About Sydney 2014

Art & About Sydney is a collaborative arts festival where every street, laneway, building site, intersection and thoroughfare is a canvas for creation and storytelling. Enjoy a jam-packed program with over 40 events, performances, installations and exhibitions right in the heart of the city.

Save the dates 19 September – 12 October – full programming to be announced in July!

For more info on Art & About Sydney click here


The Powerhouse Museum will for the first time showcase its extraordinary car collection in this new display, part of our Re-Collect project to ensure greater public access to the Museum's rich collection.

Featuring over 25 restored and original historic cars, Auto Obsession comprises a curious, eclectic and fascinating collection from luxury tourers and family sedans to racing and sports cars.

Open Saturday 9 August - Sunday 26 October 2014.

Find out more here.

Darling Harbour Fireworks

Darling Harbour fireworks

You don’t have to wait for big occasions like New Year’s Eve to see fireworks in Sydney. If you choose a Darling Harbour View room at Novotel or ibis Sydney Darling Harbour, you'll see fireworks most Saturday nights!

Upcoming fireworks dates:

Saturday 4 October - 8.30pm
Saturday 11 October - 9.15pm 
Saturday 18 and 25 October - 9.00pm

Chinese Garden of Friendship

Chinese Garden of friendship

Have you ever imagined your own secret garden? A place to escape; to breathe deeply and feel the sun on your face. Darling Harbour’s Chinese Garden of Friendship is that place. 

Much more than just a city garden, the walled Chinese Garden respectfully recreates the philosophy and harmony of a traditional Chinese garden with waterfalls, lakes, exotic plants, pavilions and hidden pathways. With koi carp swimming in the lakes, willows weeping in the breeze and a Teahouse serving Chinese tea and dim sum, be careful when you discover Darling Harbour’s secret garden—you may never want to leave.

Highlight tours and fish feeding are on daily. Visit darlingharbour.com for more information.

Culture Beats

Fiesta Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour’s free cultural festivals proudly celebrate Australia’s diversity throughout the year. From music, dance and culture, to distinct arts and cuisines; every festival is colourful, steeped in tradition, and a whole lot of fun!

Festival dates below:

  • Bazilian 'Ritmo' Festival - Sunday 21 September
  • Malaysia Festival - Sunday 28 September
  • Fiesta - Saturday 11 October & Sunday 12 October
  • Myanmar Food & Cultural Festival - Saturday 18 October
  • Lebanon Carnival - Sunday 19 October

Visit darlingharbour.com for more information on Culture Beats' festivals.

Marine Biologist For A Day at SEA LIFE SYDNEY AQUARIUM

Marine biologist for a day

Learn about the underwater world at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium with a day helping the expert team and learning about what happens behind the scenes.

The Marine Biologist for a Day program provides the unique opportunity to experience a day in the life of an expert at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium.

Times: 8am - 3pm Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Visit SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium website for more information.

Behind The Scenes Tour at SEA LIFE SYDNEY AQUARIUM

If you've ever wondered what goes on in the inner workings of an aquarium then SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium's Behind the Scenes Tour is perfect for you.

Highlights of this 45 minute tour include being one of the first to feed our fish whilst standing above Shark Valley, feeding the rays in the Bay of Rays, a visit to the coral farm where you learn how we generate coral life and a trip to see where we prepare the feasts for the world's largest collection of Australian marine life!

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.


Come eye-to-eye with whales in this remarkable photographic exhibition. American artist Bryant Austin is the only photographer in the world producing life-size photographs of whales. He spends weeks and months with whales, waiting for humpback, minke and sperm whales to pass less than two metres away from his lens. The result is extraordinarily intimate and detailed portraits that illuminate the majesty and spectacle of nature's underwater giants.

Open daily until Sunday 1 February at the Australian National Maritime Museum.



Going Places is an exciting new, hands-on family exhibition that offers visitors the opportunity to experience and react to a number of scenarios in which they can drive, load, control and design all forms of transport.

If you have ever wanted to pilot an airship, stack a cargo ship or ride on a hovercraft now is your big chance!

The exhibtion is open daily from Sat 16 August - Sunday 22 February 2015.

Find out more at anmm.gov.au

Dirty Dancing

Dirty Dancing was first performed at the Theatre Royal, Sydney in November 2004. Following the Sydney World Premiere season, the production toured to Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Auckland, a sell-out season of 18 months throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Featuring hit songs including Hungry Eyes, Hey! Baby, Do You Love Me? and the iconic (I’ve Had) The Time Of My LifeDirty Dancing has become one of the most popular musical productions of all time.

Playing from 28 November 2014 for a limited season at Sydney Lyric.