Whats On at Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour Hotel

What's on

NYE Sydney Harbour Cruise

MV Epicure

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in style aboard MV EPICURE. Enjoy stunning views of Sydney Harbour accompanied by a decadent five course meal by the creators of beautiful food, EPICURE.

Find more at MV Epicure.

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 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 November, 9pm

Get a Sailor’s View of the Sydney to Hobart Yachts

Beyond The Wharf Logo

This Boxing Day, you could be onboard an iconic Sydney ferry with a sailor's view of the start of the world famous yacht race.

 Ferries leave from Circular Quay and Manly ahead of the race start at 1.00pm.

 BYO food and beverage (no alcohol please). Tickets are limited. Your race starts now.

 Book at www.beyondthewharf.com.au

NYE Fireworks – Get a Ferry Good View!


There is no better place to be in the entire world than on Sydney Harbour this New Year's Eve. If you're quick, you can watch the fireworks from one of Sydney's favourite icons - a Sydney Harbour Ferry.

 Limited tickets are available to view the 9pm Family and Midnight Fireworks with vessels departing from Manly, Rose Bay, Meadowbank and Circular Quay.

 Bring your own food and beverage (no alcohol please) to welcome in 2015 with your friends and family.

 Book now at www.beyondthewharf.com.au

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.

Santa Fest

Santa Fest

Saturday 29 November - Wednesday 24 December

Prepare to be wowed this Christmas at Australia’s biggest celebration of all things Santa!

For one magical month, Darling Harbour will be a sensational Santa-packed celebration bringing joy to the whole family.

The wonder of Santa Fest kicks off with Santa Movies Under the Stars from November 29. There’s Carols around the precinct, paddle boat rides on the bay, a colouring-in competition for the kids and all the jollity of the Variety Santa Fun Run.

Santa Fest is big and beautiful - all part of making your Christmas celebrations in Sydney special.

Visit darlingharbour.com for more information on Santa Fest.

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.

Voyage To The Deep Exhibition - Australian National Maritime Museum


Tueday 9 December - Monday 27 April

Voyage to the Deep is about undersea exploration and adventure – of the kind immortalised by Jules Verne’s novel 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and celebrated in popular culture from Jacques Cousteau to the Octonauts. 

Verne’s submarine, the Nautilus, was a fantastical craft with a basis in genuine technologies. This exhibition will present both the fantasy of the novel and the facts of today, allowing visitors to explore Verne’s imaginary world and the real-life wonders of the oceans. Visitors will discover what it is to operate a submarine, and learn about the underwater world as it would be seen from inside an imaginary deep-sea exploration vessel.

The exhibition will be based around a model of a fantasy submarine and there will also be activities outside the submarine in areas which recreate the seafloor environment.

Visit the museum website for more information.

A FIne Possession - Jewellery & Identity Exhibition

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.