What’s on in Darling Harbour at Novotel Rockford

Stay up-to-date on the latest activities and things to do taking place just moments from Novotel Sydney Rockford Darling Harbour. Conveniently located near the Darling Quarter and Sydney CBD, our hotel is just minutes away from the best that Sydney has to offer.

If you’re planning on visiting Novotel Sydney Rockford Darling Harbour soon, here’s what’s on in and around Darling Harbour in the very near future:

  • ARSENAL FC is coming to sydney

    One of the world’s oldest and most well-known football clubs, Arsenal FC, is heading down under, and Tumbalong Park will host a four-day festival of all things Arsenal when they’re here in mid-July.

    Arsenal, nicknamed ‘the Gunners’, again carried off the prestigious FA Cup in late May, increasing their already record number of wins to thirteen. So we’re expecting huge crowds at Tumbalong Park as their fans—and many other football aficionados—explore the free activities on offer.

    Wednesday 12 – Thursday 15 July 
    10am – 7pm Wednesday,
    10am – 3pm Thursday,
    10am – 6pm Friday,
    10am – 3pm Saturday
    Tumbalong Park, 
    Darling Harbour

    Book your nearby accommodation at Novotel Sydney Rockford Darling Harbour,  just 3 minutes' walk to the park!

    For more information, visit www.darlingharbour.com

  • Harbourside Icecapades

    It’s time for Icecapades! Rug up and get your skates on as Harbourside Aphitheatre turns into a magical winter wonderland with ice rink, (fake) snow, and lit-up trees. Don’t miss out on the stunning free ice dance shows from Stars On Ice starting on 6pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings.

    Penguin assists will be available for kids and skating novices on the rink.


    1 July – 16 July 

    9am – 10pm

    Harbourside Amphitheatre

    Darling Harbour


  • The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes

    Conduct your own experiment and crack the case from Sherlock Holmes’ Victorian London.

    For the first time in Australia, you can enter Sherlock’s world and explore the study of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Immerse yourself in the most comprehensive and accurate recreation of the famous 221B Barker Street. This interactive exhibition is perfect for Sherlock Fans, or just a family getaway.

    Whether you’re a Sherlock fanatic or have a keen interest in science and history or just love pop culture, it’s perfect for the whole family.


    3 June - 8 October 

    10am – 5pm

    Powerhouse Museum

    500 Harris Street

    Ultimo, NSW, 2007


  • New Interactive Fashion Experience at Madame Tussauds

    Pose with Megan Gale, Elle MacPherson and Miranda Kerr for Cosmopolitan Magazine!

    Unveiled in mid-May 2017, Madame Tussauds officially open its new Fashion Week Experience. By partnering with Cosmopolitan, Napoleon Perdis, Wella Professionals and Myer to give an authentic experience, this new section allows you to immerse in the glitz and glam of the fashion world that includes a digital make-over, a magazine cover photoshoot, and even a catwalk. 


    9am – 5 pm 

    Madame Tussauds

    Aquarium Wharf, 1–5 Wheat Road,

    Darling Harbour 


  • Pumphouse Sydney - New Menu

    Pumphouse is thrilled to annouce the launch of their new menu by Executive Chef Jason Palmero.

    With the launch of its new menu inspired by the Pumphouse's rich history with a touch of American influence, our food is ready to tickle your tastebuds. Complete your meal by adding drinks of your preference from our long list of craft and premium brews, wine, and cocktails. To add to the fun, a pool table and boardgames are now available at the venue.

    Book your Christmas event today at the Pumphouse!

    Visit Pumphouse website to find out more. 


    We began our refurbishment on the 26th April  2017 that will upgrade the hotel in its entirety.

    We are working with the award-wining design company, Bates Smart to ensure the best, brand new look and feel for the hotel, inspired by the beauty of the Chinese Garden.

    Watch this video to find out more about Bates Smart and its inspiration.

    Guests are our number one priority and we’ll be ensuring  as minimal disruption to the hotel guests during the process. Work will only be done between 9am Monday to Saturday and will  be completed by 5pm. No work will be carried out on  Sundays.

    Stay tuned for more updates and be the  first to stay in our brand new rooms!

  • Inspiring Locals - Street Art Project

    The Novotel Sydney Rockford Darling Harbour is excited to be a part of ANZ's 'Inspiring Locals' initiative, which aims to improve understanding, financial capability, and inclusion of Aboriginal Australians.

    Australian artist, Adnate, had been commissioned to paint a ten storey tall mural of Aboriginal activist Jenny Munro, on the Novotel Rockford’s main wall, facing Harbour St. This is part of a series of portraits that will appear across Sydney in the run up to this year’s Archibald Prize. 

    It is a truly exciting development in Darling Harbour as Jenny Munro is a true leader for her people, having achieved significant breakthroughs in her fight for aboriginal rights.

    The painting of the 10-storey mural will commence late June and is set for completion at the end of July. So keep an eye out for its development!

    Jenny Munro

    Founder of the Redfern Aboriginal Tent Embassy, Wiradjuri elder Jenny Munro has been fighting for Aboriginal housing rights for more than four decades.

    In 2014 Jenny Munro began the Redfern Tent Embassy to protest the establishment of a commercial precinct on the area known as ‘The Block’ in Redfern, Sydney. After more than 400 days of occupation, the Redfern Tent Embassy declared a victory, with $5 million committed by the Australian Government to guarantee the construction of low cost housing for poor Aboriginal people.

    Jenny Munro continues to fight for Aboriginal rights and sovereignty, motivated by what she sees as a system that continues to oppress Aboriginal Australians. 


    Matt Adnate is one of street art's most influential big wall painters. His works portraying indigenous children have captivated viewers around the world. Adnate strongly believes in giving back to the communities to which his subjects belong.

    Beyond deepening his own understanding of Aboriginal culture, Adnate hopes that his art might trigger greater public engagement with indigenous issues. 

    For more information, click here.