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Chinese Gardens Garden of Friendship
Darling Harbour Sydney

Sydney Chinese Gardens

Like a natural wonderland in the middle of a bustling city, the Chinese Gardens of Darling Harbour draws guests into a peaceful word, full of Asian influence and Chinese culture.

No visit to Sydney would be complete without visiting the beautiful Chinese Gardens, situated at the southern end of Darling Harbour.

Traditional Chinese Structures of Garden Of Friendship, Chinese gardens, Darling Harbour, Sydney.

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Chinese Moongate Opened in 1988 as an important piece of Australia's bicentennial celebrations, the gardens were named the Garden of Friendship to symbolize the close bond that has been established between China and Australia.

Designed by the Guangdong Landscape Bureau in Sydney's sister city, Guangzhou, China, the initial idea for a traditional Chinese garden to be established in Sydney was the idea of the local Chinese community, whose descendants arrived in Australia as far back as 1850.

Today the Chinese Garden Of Friendship not only stands as a monument to those early Chinese pioneers who helped shape Australia, the gardens also represent the equally important bonds of friendship that both China and Australia enjoy.

Situated on one hectare of land in the Darling Harbour precinct, The Chinese Garden of Friendship attracts visitors from every state in Australia and all over the world. Just a short walk from the Sydney Aquarium, Cockle Bay Wharf or Central Sydney, the Gardens are open to the public daily between 9:30 am to 5:00 PM.

View of Chinese Garden pond area. One of just a few traditional Chinese gardens outside of China, the gardens were popular resting areas and retreats for gentlemen during the Ming dynasty period and reflect the Taoist philosophy of yin and yang (calmness and activity). There are many sculptures, traditional buildings, waterfalls, pond and rare and unusual plants.

Don't hesitate to come along and see this picturesque and magical experience in the heart of busy Sydney streets. Enjoy the calmness and quietness within the garden walls, the beauty of the graceful surroundings and the inner peace that the Garden of Friendship radiates to all visitors.

Chinese Dragon Wall

The beautiful detailed Dragon Wall depicts the close ties that exist between Guangzhou and sister city, Sydney.

Admission Prices (Subject to change):

  • Adults $6.00
  • Children (under 15 yrs) $3.00
  • Family (2 adults & 2 children) $15.00
  • Concession (Australian pensioners and students only) $3.00

Opening Hours:

  • Daily between 9.30AM and 5.00PM
    (Except Christmas Day and Good Friday)

How To Get To Chinese Gardens

  • The gardens are 10 minute walk from Townhall railway station.
  • Monorail to Entertainment Centre Station, Paddy's Market or Chinese Gardens station.
  • Light Rail to Haymarket Station, Paddy's Market.
  • Buses to Darling Harbour.
  • Ferry to Darling Harbour Aquarium wharf.


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