What's on at Darling Harbour in Sydney?

Come and check out the action at Darling Harbour with Hello Kitty Town and the roller skating event, Rollarama 2022. 

Welcome to Hello Kitty Town

Hello Kitty is one of the world's beloved and iconic characters. Enjoy the fun and festivities at night. 

Location: Darling Square 

Seeing that Hello Kitty blow up has brought back some wonderful childhood memories. As a kid, I used to be so fascinated by this icon. I found myself collecting the Hello Kitty stickers and stationery. I remembered having a Hello Kitty sticker book. 

Hello Kitty Town blow up in Darling Square, Sydney

Above: Hello Kitty blow up at Darling Square, Sydney

I was also excited to see her other friends featured on those banners as shown below. Felt good to see everything lit up. I also used to love the Keroppi frog too (shown in green flag). Seeing all these characters made me feel like a 90s kid again. 

Hello Kitty and Friends characters featured on bannersAbove: Hello Kitty and Friends featured on flag banners 

I couldn't help noticing the buzzling atmosphere with people out and about due to the start of the school holiday season. It was so different a year ago with the greater COVID restrictions back then. Given that there are currently less restrictions, I feel this image below says it all as it shows a more cheery atmosphere with the bright lights.

Hello Kitty and Friends blow up in Darling Square, Sydney

Above: Hello Kitty and Friends blow up in Darling Harbour

I enjoyed seeing Sydney's largest little lane, Steam Mill Lane, come to life with the numerous restaurants and retail shops. Seeing the permanent neon light installations by Adelaide-based artist Peta Kruger was worthwhile too.

Light installations in Steam Mill Lane at Darling Square, Sydney

Above: Permanent light installations in Steam Mill Lane 


Rollarama 2022

Get ready to spin at Darling Harbour with your roller skates on and the music playing.   

Location: Pier St underpass near the Pumphouse Bar and Restaurant

Watching everyone roller skating was great fun with the colourful lights and music playing. It was like being at a dance party. I could remember my roller skating days in the 90s and 00s at a skating rink in the Sydney's Hills District. Now that it's no longer around, that gives me another reason to watching and capture people having fun. I captured everyone in blur motion which reflects the fun atmosphere of this event as shown below.

Skaters in blur motion at the Rollerama 2022 in Darling Harbour, Sydney

Above: Skaters in blur motion at the Rollerama 2022 in Darling Harbour

Capturing the skaters from different angles like this one below kept me busy and stimulated throughout the night. Seeing how the images turned out while using a slower shutter speed was exciting because I could never fully predict the end result.

Skaters in blur motion at Rollerama 2022 in Darling Harbour, SydneyAbove: Bright lights and skaters in blur motion

I couldn't help noticing the light installation featuring the heart in the background. I found it really eye-catching with its changing colours. 

Roller skaters having fun under the bright lights at Rollerama 2022 in Darling Harbour, SydneyAbove: Changing colours featured in the light installations


Getting to Darling Square

By Light Rail

Walk 1 minute from the Hay St light rail stop or 5 minutes from the Haymarket light rail stop.

By Train

Walk 10 minutes from Central or Town Hall station.

By Car

Parking available in Wilson Parking in Zollner Circuit. Walk via Steam Mill Lane and you're in Darling Square.


Check out my other top things to do in Sydney.
Love Karen


About Let There Be Life Photo

Karen is the creative founder and photographer of Let There Be Life Photo. She loves capturing Sydney and creating happy memories for lovers of Sydney. She turns beautiful images into wall art prints for Sydney lovers. Check out more of her Sydney photos featuring Sydney Harbour, Cremorne Point, Balmoral Beach and the eastern suburbs in Sydney. 

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