Whats On at Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour Hotel

What's on

Darling Harbour Fireworks - Every Weekend

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 Friday or Saturday nights!

Luminous - Nightly

Luminous Darling Harbour

Luminous, at Darling Quarter, is the world's largest interactive light installation!

Constructed from 557 LED lights and possessing unique interactive capabilities, Luminous offers the public a shimmering canvas through which to explore their curiosities.

Overlooking Darling Harbour's recently-rejuvenated Darling Quarter, this digital facade represents the latest international benchmark in urban digital innovation, and redefines the way we think of public art, play and communication.

The remarkable result of a 12-month collaboration, Luminous at Darling Quarter is a radiant digital facade spanning 150 metres. Powered by 100 per cent renewable energy, which is generated by solar panels affixed to the roof, Luminous at Darling Quarter represents unprecedented advancements in green energy technology.

Luminous at Darling Quarter enlivens the experiences of visitors to Darling Quarter, uniting Sydney with wonderment, innovation and the countless possibilities for exploration.

Why not cruise into the cosy Chemney Lounge, here at Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour, and finish off your day with a beverage, followed by a delicious meal from one of The Ternary's open style theatre kitchens?

Chinese Garden of Friendship - Open Daily

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.

Come and play in Dugong Island at SEA LIFE SYDNEY AQUARIUM - All Year Round

Dugong Sydney Aquarium Darling Harbour

Use your senses to explore the mysterious underwater world of dugongs in the new Dugong Island.
This new experience allows you to walk amongst an underwater shipwreck whilst admiring the only pair of dugongs on display anywhere in the world!

Visit SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium website for more information.

Behind The Scenes Tour at SEA LIFE SYDNEY AQUARIUM - All Year Round

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.

SHACKLETON Exhibition - Australian National Maritime Museum - Until 6 April 2016



Shackleton: Escape from Antarctica shows how Anglo-Irish adventurer Sir Ernest Shackleton saved all 28 of the men aboard the doomed ship Endurance, in what Sir Edmund Hillary described as 'the greatest survival story ever undertaken'.

The Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition began in late October 1914, when Shackleton left Buenos Aires aiming to be the first to cross Antarctica’s vast and unexplored interior. On the other side of the South Pole, Aeneas Mackintosh left Tasmania for the Ross Sea (with four Australians on board), aiming to lay supplies for Shackleton's ambitious crossing.

When the two parties became trapped in the ice, a tale of incredible adventure, bravery and resilience began.

Visit the museum website for more information.

A FIne Possession - Jewellery & Identity Exhibition - Until September 2015

Jewellery & Identity

September 2014 - September 2015

Jewellery has been made and worn for personal, social and cultural reasons through millennia. Styles, materials and practices have varied across time and place, yet the desire to adorn ourselves has been universal.

Jewellery can influence the way people perceive us, make us more attractive, mark special events or symbolise wealth and status. We make, wear, give, receive, collect and express our identity, individuality and creativity through jewellery. It contributes to our spiritual, cultural and emotional well-being.

A fine possession celebrates the central place of jewellery in our lives, from antiquity to the present-day, through a sumptuous selection of jewellery made, worn and collected in Australia.

Visit Powerhouse Museum for more information.