Where to Stay on your next visit to Sydney? Novotel Darling Harbour


Last year Sydney clocked in with an average temperature of 19.5 degrees celsius, so it’s practically summer all year round. The harbour panorama lines the main windows of the long walk of through the space of high ceilings and white washed walls and modern simplistic features forming the Ternary. It’s the main entertainment space within the Novotel Darling Harbour.


The experience begins with a smooth check-in, for business travellers, 11 event spaces host a range of formal to casual and cool meetings and events. If you’re on a tight schedule, there’s an express check out kiosk allowing guests to resolve their account in seconds.  For leisure stays, the property boasts an outdoor pool, In-Balance gym and tennis court.

The property offers 441 standard/superior rooms, 72 execute/junior suites and 6 one and two bedroom lofts.  Depending on the season, or time of year, rooms sit comfortably within the city average cost per night AU$311 (USD 211).The property is also affiliated with many travel rewards programs including Qantas Frequent Flyer, Velocity Rewards, One World and Accor Plus among others.


The Ternary is the premier meeting point where all guests congregate.


A fully stocked bar with a charismatic bartender and a great list of cocktails greets you on the ascent into the main entertainment area.  Signature cocktails have been created by the team of mixologists and bartenders themselves adding to the character of the venue.  It’s where much of its 4.5 star rating is earned with many of the award winning team boasting accolades from hotel group and sponsored competitions.


On this particular evening, our accommodation includes a complimentary drink, the special of the month which at the time was a coconut pine concoction made for the perfect prelude to an engagement nearby – these alternate each month.   Our previous visits led us to some very easy choices starting with the signatures of Murdoch (Something Different $19) and Mitch (Palpasa $19).  Undertones of sourness in a luscious blend of sweetness.   ‘Something Different’ uses a base of pineapple rippled with sourness from rhubarb bitters, lemon, French herb liquer, Palpasa’ draws the same parallels with a pomegranate base and fresh limes.   Both are gin based.   The familiar faces after many visits here is what brings the feel of it being ‘your local’ and is just as much a destination for residents as it is for visitors in transit.   Service and personable service from Eric and Anna as they embody the essence of The Ternary. Barman, Hakan personally serves us his signature, called Skal! ($19). The sweetness of butterscotch schnapps layered with caramel and pear, offset with licorice flavored bitters of anise.   Using a Swedish Absolute vodka, Hakan explains the inspiration to this cocktail pays homage to his Nordic heritage.  You will find fascinating stories like that not only in the drinks menu, but throughout the bar and dinner menus which are a breeding ground for creative expression from all levels of the kitchen and bar.



At dinner time, you can order A’la carte from the Asian Wok Menu or plenty of options from the grill. The Ternary also does a degustation menu which regularly changes and are part of their event and drink pairings.  Check their event page for upcoming events.   You can read about our previous visit to the asian kitchen and grill with Chef Lukas and Chef Robin here (https://thewhereto.com/2018/08/08/where-to-experience-world-class-harbour-dining-this-winter/)


Our selection for the ultimate working lunch called for a trial of the entire bar snack menu which is available all day.   A number of conference and meetings spaces to choose from, the main area offers charging points and comfortable booth seating or high stools for a casual meeting. It’s also great for a catch up with family and friends.   Wi-Fi, print, phone services are available.



The Ternary club sandwich was a beast of a sandwich ($22) – double layered with bacon, lettuce, grilled chicken breast, fried egg and cheddar cheese on sourdough with a side of fries.


The traditional Caesar salad ($19) –  which may be less traditional than you might think with pancetta, cos lettuce, and grana parmesan cheese. You can add chicken or prawns and we topped ours with the chicken.

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The Moroccan tagine ($20) was perfect as a vegetarian dish with zucchini, carrot,  chickpea, herbed tomato sauce and sourdough to mop up the sauce. It is topped with labneh. You can order this dish san labneh and it is a vegan option.

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Chicken dim sim with ginger and shallot chutney is good for a shared snack (or have it all to yourself)


Pumpkin and spinach arancini ($16) – another perfect vegetarian dish.


BBQ spiced chicken wings are a great snack if you’re at the Ternary for a few after work drinks.


Whilst we were too full for dessert on this occasion, we certainly come back to try some, in particular, the coconut crème brulee.


There’s a certain uniqueness in comparison to nearby hotels that can sometimes have a clinical or impersonal feel to them, not only in the service and experience but in the way the selection that’s presented to you as you open the menu is tied to every person working the floor and pass.  It’s an ideal venue for business and leisure.

The Ternary  / Novotel Darling Harbour
100 Murray Street
Pyrmont  NSW  2009







Photo Credits: La Tessa Photography


Co-Written by Sarah Charles & Joseph Lloyd

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