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Chinese Garden of Friendship

Closed 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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Reviewed yesterday

Somewhere I read this is a hidden pearl in the middle of Sydney. I could not agree more, it was so lovely to walk through the tranquil gardens. We visited at opening time of 9.30 as nothing else was open. We enjoyed our walk through,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Waratahers
Reviewed yesterday

Very beautiful and tranquil... waterfalls, ponds, huge koi fish, lizards. Great place to unwind and reset

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank nathelie_mos
Reviewed 2 days ago

These beautiful gardens are set out in such a way it is possible to forget you are actually in the middle of the city. Tranquil waterfalls and traditional Chinese buildings are only a small part of the gardens. You can also take part in the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Toni H
Reviewed 2 days ago

Although on a compact city centre site, you can spend an enjoyable hour or so wandering round this beautiful and relaxing garden.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Brunlea
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Went to visit the gardens in Darling Harbour on the last day of my trip to Sydney before checking out of my hotel. Arrived at 9.30am when then had just opened and was a great time to see the gardens as hardly any people around...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Aust216
Reviewed 3 days ago

Hard to believe this amazing garden is in the heart of Sydney. An easy place to take in nature and contemplate the world without too much impact of a busy city a few meters away from where you might be sitting at the many benches...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank LivingTheWidth
Reviewed 4 days ago

Beautiful gardens, lots of lovely features, especially all the water features. Well-maintained, and well visited by many people I was there.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank dllawson79
Reviewed 5 days ago

The Chinese gardens are a ice walk, a pleasant hour or so for a walk amid the brilliant Sydney sunshine

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank SingaporeVulture
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been attending the Chinese gardens for 20 years and go about 12 times each year. The gardens are tranquil and there are activities for the kids during school holidays. The wildlife is all around you and while you walk the many paths the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Zibode
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you enjoy gardens or just want to chill out for a few hours this is a great destination. The day we were there it was not unduly crowded. Beautifully landscaped, and with a café for those wanting refreshments. Big and small children are catered...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank andrea r
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13 October 2018|
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Response from ramAustralia2018 | Reviewed this property |
I'd give it at least an hour, perhaps more if you are seriously into plants and fish.
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