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Chinese Garden of Friendship
Chinese Garden of Friendship

Chinese Garden of Friendship

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Darling Harbour, Sydney, New South Wales, 2000

The basics

Conceived by Sydney’s Chinese community, the Chinese Garden of Friendship mimics a classical Ming dynasty garden. Visitors buy admission tickets to stroll independently or take guided tours around the walled 3-acre (1-hectare) grounds, which reveal a series of singular scenes in turn. Follow the paths to waterfalls and serene pools; watch the Koi carp being fed in the still waters; and admire ornamental pavilions, lotus plants, weeping willows, and rockeries. Visitors can also purchase tea, dim sum, and drinks at the garden’s Teahouse.

Prebook your ticket to secure admission and save valuable time during your stay in Sydney. Your ticket lets you wander at leisure, watch the daily morning Koi feeding, and join in-house guided tours for an in-depth understanding of the garden’s highlights, plants, or rockeries. Sydney hop-on hop-off buses stop near the garden entrance.

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Chinese Garden General Admission Ticket
Chinese Garden General Admission Ticket
$5.64 per adult
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I took Mum there for...
I took Mum there for Mothers Day, and for it being busy, and also in the middle of the city, it is so beautiful and calming. We also at Lotus and the food was amazing!
Ebony_S, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Sydney

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Easy transaction. It was...
Lina_L, Apr 2022
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Easy transaction. It was sprinkling but there was a lot of shelter. Beautiful garden and very easy to navigate
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Building friendship with your kids
Chrismarie_T, Apr 2022
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Exploring nature and the beauty of Chinese garden with my daughter. I got to bond with my daughter this holiday.
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Awesome
Diane_B, Mar 2022
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The gardens, how peaceful the place is. It's an Oasis im the middle of the city . Just sit and listing to waterfalls
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Beautiful and peaceful
Nada_E, Dec 2021
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I loved every part of the experience and the fish feeding was exciting and fun to watch 🥰there were many places to sit and enjoy the surroundings amazing
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Picturesque peacefulness
Helen_R, Apr 2021
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The Chinese Gardens is a garden full of wonderment wherever you look. Steeped in so much rich chinese culture, it was so great to see something different from western culture gardens. The aesthetics and the peacefulness of the garden was welcoming. Very picturesque. I can't wait to go back.
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Beautiful
Lea_T, Apr 2021
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Beautiful garden. Well worth a look. Just disappointed I got rushed out during my fan making & didnt finish.
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Beautiful garden
Sally_N, Jan 2021
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Went with my partner and it was a beautiful place to visit. It’s definitely worth going if your also visiting the city
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Charming place
Mina, Oct 2020
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Small but absolutely magnificent garden in the heart of Sydney City. Its best to visit as soon as it opens (and especially weekdays) because the garden is much better enjoyed when there's fewer people inside. There's plenty of fauna too: lots of koi fish, water dragons, baby ducks and turtles. The price is generous as I'm sure they could have made it dearer to get more money out of it..
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Year of the Rat
CaniceWallace_T, Sep 2020
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Excellent. Have a wonderful trips. $8 is okay but parking at darling harbour square is $19 per hour. It is very expensive. Total is $27 for one hour visit.
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Dragons review
CaniceWallace_T, Sep 2020
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I found some places need to be repaired. Such as the word missing in one of the building. And also the astrology on the ground is fading.
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Tranquility 🤩
nessjacko43, Feb 2020
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We had a lovely stroll around the gardens over the Luna Chinese New Year weekend , we could have stayed longer , hard to believe this tranquility is in the hustle and bustle of sydney and you would have know idea .
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Beautiful and tranquil
mahaz487, Dec 2019
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I visited the Chinese Garden with my 3 year old and she loved it. We arrived just in time for the fish feeding at 11:30 where there was a nice man who gave fish food refills to children who asked. The fish food also attracted the lizards, which my daughter found exciting, feeding them as well as the fish. The rest of our time there was spent exploring the garden. It is a beautiful place to sit and relax alone or with friends. It provides plenty of shaded areas to sit down and enjoy the view of the waterfalls, Chinese structures, and greenery. It's also a wonderful place for children to explore with its rocky steps to the top of the waterfall, winding paths, exotic plants, lots of Koi fish, lizards and a couple of turtles too!

Things to know before you go

  • The Lower Walk at the garden is wheelchair-accessible, but other areas are not.
  • Wear comfy shoes; some pathways are cobbled or stepped.
  • On-site facilities include restrooms, a souvenir shop, and the Teahouse restaurant.
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How to get there

The Chinese Garden stands on Sydney’s Pier Street, just south of Darling Harbour, and is comfortably reached by foot and public transit. The nearest metro station is Town Hall, about six minutes’ walk away; while the closest bus stops are Town Hall House and Harris Street at Macarthur Street. The easiest driving route from Circular Quay is via Elizabeth Street and Goulburn Street, with several payable parking lots near the garden.

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When to get there

The garden is usually open daily, although it’s closed on Christmas Day and Good Friday. Opening times are extended during summer when visitors can enjoy the garden in full bloom. While the garden is rarely crowded, it’s especially popular during weekends and school holidays—visit during weekdays or near the opening time to explore the garden at its quietest.

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Wildlife at the Chinese Garden of Friendship

The Chinese Garden of Friendship isn’t just about flora, architecture, and landscapes—it’s also rich in wildlife. Aside from admiring the magnificent Koi carp in its pools, keep an eye out for other creatures, including turtles, lizards, birds, and bearded dragons basking on the rockeries.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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