Harbourside Shopping Centre

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Harbourside Shopping Centre
Darling Harbour (493809228).jpg
View of Harbourside from Cockle Bay Wharf
LocationDarling Harbour, Sydney
Coordinates33°52′19″S 151°11′56″E / 33.871967°S 151.198886°E / -33.871967; 151.198886Coordinates: 33°52′19″S 151°11′56″E / 33.871967°S 151.198886°E / -33.871967; 151.198886
Opening dateMay 4, 1988 (1988-05-04)
No. of stores and services131
Total retail floor area20,618 m2 (221,930 sq ft)
No. of floors3

Harbourside Shopping Centre (also known as Harbourside Darling Harbour) is a large-scale shopping centre in Darling Harbour, close to the Sydney central business district in Australia. It is located next door to the new International Convention Centre with views of the city's skyline.

As of December 2016, Harbourside attracts more than 11.9 million people per year and is expecting to reach $154 million in spending.[citation needed]

Stores and attractions[edit]

Stores and attractions in the centre include a Kingpin Bowling Alley (the only bowling alley in Darling Harbour), M9 Laser Skirmish, Australia's first retail Jet flight simulator, RaceCentre, 9D motion moving cinema and Hard Rock Cafe (Sydney's only store).[1][2]


Harbourside is only a short walk from Sydney CBD serviced by public transport including a taxi rank, light rail, a marina for private boats and ferry services in addition to the extensive car park facilities.[3] Until June 2013, it was served by a Sydney Monorail station.

Harbourside Shopping Centre during Vivid Sydney


Harbourside Shopping Centre was opened on 4 May 1988 by Queen Elizabeth II in which she formally opened the Darling Harbour redevelopment as part of the Australian Bicentennial celebrations. Sydney Aquarium was the first attraction to open and was soon followed by a host of museums, shops, restaurants, hotels and bars.[4]

In 2005, Harbourside underwent a full refurbishment which unveiled a new and expanded food court, an entertainment level which is home to a 20-lane Kingpin Bowling Centre, M9 Laser Skirmish and Australia's first Boeing 737-800 flight simulator, Flight Experience.[5]

On 7 November 2013, Harbourside Shopping Centre was acquired by Mirvac for $522 million following the administration of Beville Group which also owns Top Ryde City.[6] Beville Group acquired the centre for $127 million in 2004.[7]


As part of the $3 billion project underway Mirvac planned for a significant new retail shopping centre and commercial office tower," documents, lodged with the Department of Planning and Environment as part of the Harbourside Shopping Centre development in 2015.[8]

However, in August, 2016, Mirvac has dropped plans for an office complex at Darling Harbour and is instead looking to build a taller, skinnier apartment tower as part of its proposed $400 million redevelopment of the Harbourside Shopping Centre.[9]


  1. ^ "Harbourside Shopping Centre | City Centre Attraction". Sydney.com. Retrieved 2016-12-06.
  2. ^ "WeekendNotes - Harbourside Shopping Centre".
  3. ^ "Centre Information - Harbourside Shopping Centre". www.harbourside.com.au. Retrieved 2016-12-06.
  4. ^ "History and Heritage - Darling Harbour". Darling Harbour. Retrieved 2016-12-06.
  5. ^ "Harbourside - Darling Harbour". Darling Harbour. Retrieved 2016-12-06.
  6. ^ Cummins, Carolyn. "Mirvac purchases Harbourside shopping centre". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2016-12-06.
  7. ^ "Mirvac closes Harbourside deal". 2013-11-07. Retrieved 2016-12-06.
  8. ^ McKenny, Leesha (2015-11-15). "Office tower proposed as part of Harbourside Shopping Centre redevelopment". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2016-12-06.
  9. ^ Cummins, Carolyn (2016-08-22). "Mirvac plans apartments at Harbourside". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2016-12-06.

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