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Chinese Garden of Friendship

Venues & Event Spaces
Sydney, NSW
Open today - 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Mon 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Tue 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Wed 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Thu 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Fri 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Sat 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Sun 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Situated in Darling Harbour the Chinese Gardens were the vision of the local Chinese community and sister city of Guangzhou in Guangdong Province as part of Australia's bicentenary.
It's easy to forget about the outside world once inside this oasis in the Sydney CBD.
The gardens are also available for functions and weddings.

--TrueLocal description--
Stressed-out Sydneysiders can loosen up in this oasis of calm behind Chinatown. Filled with pagodas, fountains, trickling streams, dragons, turtles and other mythological creatures, this one-hectare garden was a gift from Sydney?s Chinese sister city Guangzhou. Under the red silk cotton tree or besides the carp-filled Lake of Brightness, you can get your yin (calmness) and yang (activity) in order on a sunshiny day and escape the chaos of the CBD.
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Reviews of Chinese Garden of Friendship

  • R_E_V_I_E_W_E_R_1 Local Star 962 reviews
    I spent many a tranquil afternoon strolling these gardens. Entry is relatively cheap, as was the tea, allowing me to enjoy this place even as a poor student. It is a great reprieve from an otherwise built up part of our fair city. The coy pond is a wonderful feature as is the dress up part of the garden!
  • Wasteland Local Star 244 reviews
    I've only been here once during my lunch break but can't wait visit again.

    The most amazing scenery with the most peaceful environment - Even though it's right in the middle of the city.

    The have beautiful water features and the most gorgeous gardens.

    I will have my lunch in here again for sure! :)
  • seanaussie Local Star 1,096 reviews
    Yes, it's a nice location - and very peaceful, green.
    But entry prices are way too steep for what is essentially just a garden. Save on the entry fee & visit the botanical gardens up the road for free instead...
  • bradlyloco Local Star 184 reviews
    What a delightful green zone in the city.
  • Tiaraaaaa Local Star 1,090 reviews
    I was delighted to have had the experience to exchange my wedding vows in the Peace Pavillion at the Chinese Gardens. From start to finish everything ran smoothly from the booking, to the first inspection & finally my amazing ceremony. All the staff did an amazing job setting up the pavillion & assisting the musician, celebrant & my nervous groom & guests. Every year hubby & i go back for a picnic & it still takes my breath away how beautiful this place is in the middle of a concrete city.
  • I have been coming to this delightful chinese garden for the past 20 years or more. It is always a place to relax from the pressure and bustling energy of Sydney. Once you arrive you can pretty much just imagine yourself in a different world because it is so relaxing with amazing scenery. You almost forget the backdrop of the city skyscrapers which are just behind the walls ! There are however some things that have changed throughout the years. Sure, it has been getting more expensive as the years go by and that is to be expected with any business however what I find most concerning is the loss of the dragon lizard population on the property. They used to be everywhere, sitting like statues on rocks looking over the waterfalls and pretty scenery. It was a photographers dream right in the heart of Sydney ! Strangely, in the past 4 or so years they have all completley dissapeared. Were they eradicated because the public were complaining ? There are so many unanswered questions as to why they were removed. Of course, this does not tarnish my opinion of the garden as the best that Australia has to offer of an authenic chinese garden (actually built by chinese as a good will gesture during the 80s !!). I still consider this place to be a wonderful retreat but the lizard question remains to be answered as it is a mystery.
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