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Chinese Garden of Friendship

Open Now: 09:30 - 17:00
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Escape from the hustle and bustle to a serene, secluded garden—Darling Harbour’s Chinese Garden of Friendship. The walled Chinese Garden respectfully recreates the philosophy and harmony of a traditional Chinese garden in its waterfalls, lakes...more
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Pier Street, Darling Harbour, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
+61 2 9240 8888
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All reviews busy city darling harbour koi fish tranquil place chinese tea water features chinese culture beautiful chinese chinese zodiac entry fee small fee gardens are beautiful few hours couple of hours take photos walk around costumes
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Having thought it was a small garden this is like walking into the Tardis. Fish feeding is fun and then we had a guide, Michelle, telling us about the plants and their meanings, so interesting. A very interesting and enjoyable morning.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank davidcG1730DA
Reviewed 4 days ago

We really just happened to stop at the Chinese Garden on our way to the Aquarium and other Darling Harbour attractions. I knew it was there, and mentioned to my husband that we ought to make a quick stop as we were passing by. We...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank KateSC353
Reviewed 6 days ago

The Chinese Garden is one of Sydney's Gems. I dont need to say anymore. But its telling me I need to add another 100 characters. So there you have it.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank natureboy t
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a very well maintained and tranquil garden to visit. The Asian architectures here are very well maintained and combines well with the garden and design. For me if time permits, this should be added to the visiting list especially for quick escape from...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank nldogbert
Reviewed 1 week ago

A must see in our opinion. So many pavilions, waterfall, lily pads , statues, plus very peaceful. The gardens are varied. The pathways can be difficult to walk if you have a disability..as in recent hip or knee surgery. Otherwise the peace and quite are...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank cebcolpitts
Reviewed 1 week ago

This garden is serene, beautiful, and peaceful. The Chinese statuary and water features were very relaxing.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Brenda C
Reviewed 1 week ago

A chance to experience the work that goes in to creating a peaceful oasis in a small space. So much to see, plants, fish, lizards

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Bill-Goodridge
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a wonderful experience. An Absolute credit to everyone involved. An amazing wonderland within 10,000 square metres. A wonderland of plants, water, rocks and beautiful pavilions, all creating an amazing harmony. The garden was started in 1986 and is in pristine condition. It is a...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank BillM1485
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a must visit place in Sydney. It is an oasis of calm in the city. Very well put otgether and presented. We loved the time we were there, quite a special place.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank JohnH3759
Reviewed 1 week ago

I can recommend the 10.30am tour which explains the reason for the garden being built and the meaning behind the layout which allows you to get much more enjoyment out of the garden. After the tour we wandered around again to take photos before watching...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Jen L
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13 October 2018|
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Response from VG1302 | Reviewed this property |
If you walk leisurely, a couple of hours tops.
20 June 2018|
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Response from johnsJ8631AH | Reviewed this property |
The entry area and courtyard, cafe area is accessible by wheelchair. Beyond this area there are steps, stepping stones and small hilly sections. The back section is visible from the entry so you could view all the areas, but... More
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18 February 2018|
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Response from metalmomma | Reviewed this property |
I do not think they allow that, but not sure. There is a little spot with tables and chairs, so perhaps they do allow bringing in food, but did not see anyone eating anything there. No places to eat in the gardens... More