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In 2013, Darling Harbour is marking 25 years since it was opened to the public as Sydney’s premier destination.

I have been collecting information as much as I can on the history and development. As the year progresses, I hope to add and share as many items, pictures and facts as possible.

This first post focuses on the origins of the Darling Harbour redevelopment.

Origins:

Darling Harbour was a multi billion dollar redevelopment of the former goods yards and docklands at the southern end of Cockle Bay which had fallen victim to containerisation by the 1980’s. Sydney’s port facilities had also moved to Port Botany, 10 km south of the city.

The NSW Government of Neville Wran (1976-86) was faced with a great challenge – What to do?

Since at least 1970 there had been plans to redevelop the area but in the early 1980’s it stepped up. There was also the Bicentennary in 1988.

In 1984, the decision was made to redevelop the land as a Bicentennial Gift to the city. The focus would be on the creation of an entertainment precinct with parklands, Chinese Gardens, restraurants, shops, museums, exhibition and function space and a major hotel.

To link the new precinct with the city, a monorail funded by TNT would loop around Darling Harbour and the southern half of the city centre.

Construction began in 1985 with the aim of completion by the Bicentennial (Australia Day,January 26 1988). However construction was subjected to union disputes and many of the facilities were not completed on time.

However the first stages were unveiled to the public on January 16, 1988 with Tumbalong Park opened to the public. the tall ships display at Cockle Bay and the East Darling Harbour Docklands was the first event (Now known as King Street Wharf & Barangaroo).

As the year progressed, the rest of the precinct was gradually completed. Harbourside opened in Stages from March 1988. Queen Elizabeth II officially opened the complex on May 5 1988. This included the opening of the Sydney Exhibition & Convention Centre. The Convention Centre was not completed until months later.

Mid 1988 saw the opening of one of its most successful attractions to date – Sydney Aquarium

The TNT Harbourlink Monorail commenced service on July 21 1988. It had split the city. You either loved it or loathed it. Despite the opposition, thousands flocked to its opening to test out Sydney’s newest transport link.

However there was one component that was not completed, the proposed hotel & casino for Sussex Street & Cockle Bay Wharf. What to do would be a challenge as the government was pressured.

Some items of interest:

Darling Harbour Opening Ad from January 1988
The Daily Telegraph, January 14, 1988



Advertisement for the Tall Ships
The Sydney Morning Herald, January 19 1988



Official Opening by Queen Elizabeth II
The Daily Telegraph, May 5, 1988

 

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Good Thread.I've got heaps of info of the construction & opening of Darling Harbour.I hope I can find them.
 
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Some photos from Sydney City Council dating from 1988



This photo actually shows you how Harbourside was opened in stages.







 

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Powerhouse Museum

The building was once the Ultimo Power Station (providing power to trams) but had been derelict following the end of tram services in 1961. Meanwhile, the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (in Harris Street) had also outgrown its site and could not provide the space for major exhibitions. There were calls for it to be the new site. Their wish was granted.









I found some reviews relating to its opening in March 1988.

The Daily Telegraph, March 11, 1988



The verdict - "worth the wait".

The Daily Telegraph, March 10, 1988

 

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With the 25th anniversary on Saturday, why not celebrate it with some photos of the place. :)































The cranes are coming...

 

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Very nice...

i wish i could visit Darling Harbour someday after read something about this place.

Darling Harbour

Actually i also interest to visit these places as well:

Sydney Wildlife World, Sydney Aquarium, IMAX Theatre, Madame Tussaud, Australian National Maritime Museum, Paddy’s Market, atau Chinese Garden of Friendship.

hopefully, my dream will come true on this december. :)
 

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Australian National Maritime Museum
1991

Key facts:
*The roof evokes waves and sails.
*Has one of the largest fleets of any museum in the world with 14 ships in residence.
*40 000 objects form the collection.
*Exhibitions explore Australia's links with the sea and consider how maritime activities and issues have shaped the lives of people in Australia.

Website: http://www.anmm.gov.au/site/page.cfm











 

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Sea Life Sydney Aquarium & Wild Life Sydney Zoo

Sea Life Sydney Aquarium & Wild Life Sydney Zoo

Sea Life Sydney Aquarium opened in 1988 as the Sydney Aquarium & Wild Life Sydney Zoo opened in 2006 as Sydney Wildlife world.
Websites:
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium: www.sydneyaquarium.com.au
Wild Life Sydney Zoo: www.wildlifesydney.com.au/

Sydney Aquarium is the original component of the site and was opened with acclaim in July 1988. It has been one of the leading international aquariums. The aquarium has had a number of expansions. Very popular with visitors to Darling Harbour and has been the number one drawcard. As for the size of the aquarium, it is the biggest in Australia.

Wlid Life Sydney Zoo obviously has its competition with rivals including Taronga Zoo and Featherdale Wildlife Park near Blacktown. It focuses on native wildlife and uses its city location as a selling point to bring in the visitors.







An article from the opening of Sydney Aquarium from 1988.

The Daily Telegraph, July 13 1988

 

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I have a picture my dad took with my sister and I sitting inside the letters of that "First State 88" that was outside the convention centre. It seems like only yesterday.
 

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Sydney Exhibition & Convention Centre
1988

Interesting Facts
*Opened by Queen Elizabeth II on May 4, 1988
*Expanded in 1999.
*The five halls of the Exhibition Centre can be opened up to allow for 25000 sq/m of column free exhibition space.
*33 function rooms are available.
*The Exhbition Centre design is modelled represents the masts and rigging of the tall sailing ships that once crowded Darling Harbour.
*Will be demolished and redeveloped into a new and expanded complex. Temporary facilities will be provided at White Bay.

Further facts and information: http://www.scec.com.au/The-Centre/About-Us/























 

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IMAX Sydney
1996

Currently home to the world's biggest IMAX Screen. Despite its success, the site is set to be demolished and replaced with a new IMAX complex and office tower.
Good. I cannot stand that black and gold on the building, it looks terrible.
 

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Some photos I took from World Tower in 2004.

Harbourside - I had a look at this image and actually I have to admit you can fit two if not three tall (but slender) buildings above it. The space is there.


PB070169 by fabianamuso, on Flickr

Sydney Exhibition Centre - The last thing I was thinking that it would ever be pulled down. You can also see the Chinese Gardens & Tumbalong Park.


PB070171 by fabianamuso, on Flickr

Tumbalong Park


PB070211 by fabianamuso, on Flickr
 

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Chinese Garden of Friendship
1988

This has to be amongst the most successful attractions at Darling Harbour. It was designed by Chinese Landscape Architects from Guangzhou, Sydney's sister city. The gardens were a Bicentennial gift to the city of Sydney.







Source: donteverlookback.com
 
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