Chinese Garden of Friendship

Chinese Garden of Friendship, Sydney: Hours, Address, Chinese Garden of Friendship Reviews: 4.5/5

Chinese Garden of Friendship

Chinese Garden of Friendship
4.5
Historic Sites • Gardens
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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, exotic plants, pavilions and hidden pathways...once you’ve discovered this secret garden, you’ll never want to leave! Opening hours 10am – 5pm - Last entry to the Garden 15 minutes prior to closing. The Garden is closed Good Friday and Christmas Day.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Admission tickets
from A$8.00
All you need to step foot in the door.
The area
Address
How to get there
  • Town Hall • 7 min walk
  • Museum • 9 min walk
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GARY J
New Malden, UK53 contributions
An oasis of calm in the midst of a bustling city!
Nov. 2021
Wow - what an amazing place. We were in Sydney for only two weeks (November 2021) but are delighted that we took time to visit this amazing garden. It is exquisitely laid out and exudes an air of total tranquility.

In my view - well worth a visit.
Written 30 November 2021
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Daniela R
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Definitely worth it, wonderful experience.
Nov. 2021
I live in Sydney with lots of attractions. Visiting Chenese Garden of Friendship was one of my most beautiful experiences which still remains inside. You step into a world of peace, tranquility and harmony - so much we need these days.
It is well maintained, caring for each detail. I highly recommned to visit either you are a tourist or a local.
Written 23 November 2021
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Hi G3668STdanielar, Great to hear that another local has discovered the hidden gem that is the Chinese Garden of Friendship. Its been so wonderful to hear that so many Sydneysiders are taking this opportunity to get to know their own backyard. Peace, tranquility and harmony are what its all about! We certainly encourage you to come back again, perhaps you can join one of our daily tours to learn about the history and concepts of the Garden or else to appreciate the Garden in its different seasons.
Written 26 November 2021
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JnVSydney
Greater Sydney, Australia10,821 contributions
Peaceful.........tranquil setting
Apr. 2021
During these trying times this is a wonderful place, with salubrious, surroundings, the gardens, ponds and stone features are excellent for ones chi.
Written 19 November 2021
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Thanks JnVSydney, We love to hear that people like yourselves can find our Garden to be a tranquil escape. It is indeed a beautiful outdoor venue that is so needed in trying times. The Garden is a must see during different seasons. We hope to see you soon in Summer when then frangipani and lotus are in bloom.
Written 22 November 2021
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blackeldo
Kiama, Australia2,046 contributions
THE PERFECT GARDEN FOR NON-HORTICULTURAL TYPES.
Nov. 2021
I WAS PLEASANTLY SURPRISED BY THE SHOW HERE.

I’m not a great fan of native Australian gardens, even less so with most exotic plantings – rows of carefully tended natural or introduced species fail big time to whelm me. But the Chinese gardens were different – they seemed to concentrate or more of the overall landscape: the lakes, waterfalls++, pavilions, animals++ yada rather than what was growing there. Although what was growing there was pretty nice.

The overall layout of this area is relatively simple. The entrance zone tends to have lotsa pavilions including a very nice dining area with water views. Immediately east of this was a zone of waterways – there arr two central lakes++ plus a nice creek area to the north side. Further east the land rises to a waterfall zone.
Best way to check the higher eastern areas is via the perimeter track. It rises abt 25m to the waterfall zone but in no place did I think slopes too steep for the unfit. Anyway there are lotsa seats and small pavilions where you can take off the load. Total distance is not great – I reckon a fit person could do the whole perimeter path non-stop in less than 10mins.

TIPS
- fi the hustle and noise of the city is getting to you, the calm of the gardens is a perfect antidote.
- lower zones are wheelchair friendly. Unfortunately upper areas have a few steps.
- don’t be afraid to take side tracks off the perimeter path. Some are very good value and none are excessively steep for more than a very short distance.
- critters in this zone are very tame, particularly the water lizzards.
- make sure you pack yer concession cards. Overall entrance fee is a steal, concessions even better.
- you could knock over the gardens in abt an hour – longer if you choose to pack a picnic for the dining pavilion. There are lotsa nearby attractions in Darling Harbour **– but you may choose to keep the Chinese thing going with a meal/snack in nearby Dixon St**

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Written 15 November 2021
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Wow Blackeldo!! What a great and thorough review. Thank you so much for your wonderful words. Next time you come in, make sure to get a tour with one of our guides and they'll be able to explain those design elements that you keenly observed. There was so much thought that went into the design and much of it is steeped in tradition. We look forward to seeing you again.
Written 22 November 2021
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AndyJohn74
Sans Souci, Australia1,726 contributions
Wow.
The Chinese Garden of Friendship is located to the south of Darling Harbour. This is in a walled compound and there is an entrance fee to see the garden. Inside it is like stepping into another country. The garden is immaculate. Well worth a visit.
Written 10 June 2021
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Thanks Andy!! We love to hear that our visitors enjoyed the Garden. Perhaps on your next visit you can enjoy one of the three daily tours to learn about all the concepts behind the beauty. Come back any time!
Written 11 June 2021
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Jackie G
Canberra53 contributions
Discovery tour
We did the Discovery Tour with Ming at 10:30am which I found very interesting and informative. Thank you Ming! Although we have been to Sydney many times before we had never visited this garden. We will definitely be visiting this garden again.So peacuful and relaxing in the heart of the CBD. I loved listening to the water. There is a very pretty restaurant and cafe also. Entrance was $8 we booked in advance but people were able to purchase tickets onsite. Love these gardens can”t wait to visit again!
Written 26 April 2021
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THANK YOU SO MUCH JACKIE! We agree that our staff are the best asset. We also agree that in addition to peace and serenity in the heart of the CBD, there's also so much to see and do inside the Chinese Garden. We would love to see you back again soon. With best wishes
Written 18 June 2021
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Alison S
Sydney, Australia2,019 contributions
Peace, solitude and calm - in the centre of the City..
Apr. 2021
A delightful way to spend an afternoon, post meal, walking around these splendid gardens and buildings - surrounded by tall sky scrapers, yet peaceful and meditative!
Written 25 April 2021
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Wow, thank you Alison We are super glad that you enjoyed your experience and hope you created some wonderful memories. Thank you for visiting the Chinese Garden of Friendship and providing such wonderful feedback. See you again soon
Written 18 June 2021
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M4verick14
Sydney, Australia28 contributions
Beautiful in it’s entirety
Having wandered past here numerous times and thought that it was just a tiny garden I could haven’t been more wrong. The garden is huge and full of little hidden gems when walking around. The water falls and features including the “over fed Goldfish” or Koi swimming in the lake are just gorgeous the whole way around. You could spend a good couple of hours in here soaking in the peaceful nature and tranquility. You kind of forget you’re in the heart of the city at times.

There are opportunities ‘for the gram’ the whole way around the garden. So don’t be shy in getting a pose or two in front of the waterfalls or in the Bamboo forest. Would definitely visit again
Written 7 March 2021
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Thank you so much for taking the time to provide your feedback and give us a 5* review! It is fantastic to hear that you had such a great visit to the Chinese Garden of Friendship and discovered our "little hidden gems" . We hope to make each visit as pleasant and fun as possible. We look forward to seeing you back again soon! Best wishes
Written 9 March 2021
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juliekA1009BM
Sydney, Australia473 contributions
An Oasis
Jan. 2021
I am a Sydneysider so this means sometimes I tend to overlook the little gems that are right under my nose like the Chinese Gardens. I have moved into the area so the gardens are walking distance so I joined for a year - a bargain at $35. We visited on a beautiful summer's day & the shade & tranquility of the gardens was perfect. There are so many photogenic spots as the planning draws your eye to certain vistas like through the moon hole looking out onto the pond. There are plenty of places you can sit & have peace & quiet. The water dragons were out in force & we watched the frantic feeding of the koi fish at 11.30 am. You could spend hours here if you wish & exit & re-enter as much as you like during the day. There is also a restaurant attached that serves yum cha.
Written 16 January 2021
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Thank you for your wonderful review. We are so glad you found peace and tranquility in the Garden. As one of our valued annual members we look forward to seeing you again in the Garden.
Written 17 January 2021
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Ron B
Brisbane, Australia6 contributions
Take the time to do the complimentary tour. It is a HUGE BONUS.
Dec. 2020
Our visit to this most impressive and expansive garden was made so much more interesting and enjoyable because of the wealth of knowledge our delightful guide from the Friendship Garden, Carolyn, provided on the complimentary tour.
Written 9 January 2021
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Thank you so very much for taking the time to provide us with your feedback, and for recommending others to join our free with admission daily tours! We agree that our staff are the best asset, they are full passion, love and knowledge for the Chinese Garden. We are thrilled that you had a great time and we look forward to your next visit. With best wishes
Written 13 January 2021
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Chinese Garden of Friendship is open:
  • Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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