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Out Of The Cold: Things To Do When It’s Chilly Outside



We love winter but it’s sure been a long one, hasn’t it? It may not quite be shorts and sundresses weather just yet, but there’s still so much fun stuff to do at Darling Harbour – that doesn’t require an extra three layers!

Get Active

Get inside and get the blood pumping with a battalion of friends at M9 Laser Skirmish at Harbourside for an adrenaline pumping, all action laser experience that will blow you away. Work to achieve your mission of scoring the highest points as you’re transported to another world with the latest and greatest technology providing an exhilarating atmosphere for kids and adults alike. Strap on some shoes and give those pins something to worry about at Kingpin Bowling. There’s plenty of room for fun with 20 state-of-the-art bowling lanes, a huge arcade arena, pool tables, fully licensed bar, delicious food options and amazing views of the water. Zoom over to Racecentre and race against your friends in full-motion, 180-degree vision and surround sound simulators on any car, on any track, worldwide. You can settle into a V8, F1, Rally, Drift, Ferrari, Lamborghini – wherever your desire lies – and race around Bathurst, Albert Park, Monaco, and hundreds of other tracks. Ignite your senses at 9D Action Cinemas and go on a simulated action adventure ride, experiencing specially created 3D movies with surround sound, ‘active motion’ luxury seats, and dramatic effects such as rain, fog, lightning, wind, snow, touch, feel and more. It’s nothing like a traditional movie!

Live and Learn

Ignite your sense of wonder and feed the brain at Australian National Maritime Museum, where you can delve deep into nautical history and even into a submarine, a destroyer, and many more amazing vessels. There’s so much to see and do, with enthralling exhibitions that tell stories of adventure on the water; of navy battles and mutiny; of migrants venturing across the seas to settle on our shores; of ancient saltwater traditions; of modern beach culture and of aquatic sporting achievements. Journey around Australia without leaving the city at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, and encounter some of the most loved, feared and unique animals in iconic Australian habitats. Keep an eye out for the new koala joeys – they are super cute but super shy, hiding away in their mums’ pouches! Dive into the watery wonder of SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and discover an incredible 13,000 animals from 700 different species, including huge sharks, massive stingrays, turtles, penguins, dugongs, thousands of tropical fish and more! Get on stage with pop stars, rub shoulders with the most powerful politicians, and even test your sporting skills against the greats at Madame Tussauds Sydney, where the interactive experiences mean you can meet, greet, chat up, debate, hug and sing with your favourite celebrity. Just make sure you don’t end up hugging a stranger – the wax figures are incredibly lifelike!

Eat, Drink And Be Merry

Drop into Blue Fish Seafood Restaurant from 3pm – 6pm to receive 15% off your total bill. Until the end of the Paralympics, take the challenge with Braza‘s Olympic Burger: a homemade beef patty, chicken breast, blue cheese, catupiry, provolone, aioli sweet mustard, fresh tomatoes, bacon, green olives, chimmi churri and Braza’s bacon seasoning. It’s $29 and serves two! Pop in on Saturday for The Meat and Wine Co‘s X-Press Lunch, with two-courses for $38 or three-courses for $48, including a glass of house selected wine, beer or soft drink. Ladies can treat themselves to something a little special, with a feasting style lunch from Cafe Del Mar‘s exclusive Ladies Long Lunch menu for $75 per person (and you can upgrade to Moet with all courses for $130 per person). And warm up at Pumphouse Bar and Restaurant with a $5 mulled wine.

So come in out of the cold, and warm up at Darling Harbour!

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