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Chinese Garden of Friendship

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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 3 days ago

From the entrance in with the very best and most helpful of reception staff (thanks to the friendly, delightful woman of Serbian ancestry) to our exit, everything was beautiful: quiet, slow, measured, tranquil. The sounds and smells crept into our senses and relaxed them in...More

Thank Gracedtraveller
Reviewed 4 days ago

Very beautiful gardens with a tranquil atmosphere and lots of beautiful carp. Try and visit on a weekday as sunday was a very busy day, some people were quite noisy and didnt bother to keep their voices down. The noise from the road behind is...More

Thank Annie405
Reviewed 4 days ago

An oasis of charm, beautiful gardens , great focal points, paths running through a beautiful landscape broken by water

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This place has to be seen to be believed. I could not believe that hidden amongst this huge city, was something so peaceful, beautiful and tranquil. Every area felt so special and calming and you really do leave feeling a huge sense of tranquillity.

Thank Marnie W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wish I could design a garden like this. It's surrounded by the city and some very busy construction sites but it's so peaceful. We walked around for an hour looking at the landscaping, lizards and turtles. Lots of places to sit and contemplate water and...More

Thank adrianhobson
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a gem in the heart of the city! It was lovely to walk through this well maintained, well designed garden! Outside, the hustle and bustle of Sydney could not be heard, it was so peaceful! A must!

Thank Escape04176993611
Reviewed 1 week ago

Simply stunning! what a unique and wonderful place in the centre of such a urban city. The layout decieves you in to thinking it is loads bigger then it is. The whole place is fantastic and beautifully designed. The tea house is really nice and...More

Thank JamesW-UK-Travel
Reviewed 1 week ago

Reviewed this about 7 years ago. Recently took a few German friends to the garden, a welcome respite. Very much the same, beautiful plants, features and peace. Plenty of koi, turtles and bearded dragons to keep you watching the water as well. Waterfalls, ponds and...More

Thank HahnTravels
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful and serene place! Kids enjoyed finding the animals of the Zodiac and feeding fish. Tours and guides are wonderful- an absolute must!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Thank you to Paddy who gave us a really interesting and varied tour around the garden, which included insights into Chinese culture and history, botanicals and symbolism hidden around the garden. It’s such a beautiful place to come. I’ve been to a lot of Chinese...More

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14 October 2018|
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Response from VG1302 | Reviewed this property |
If you walk leisurely, a couple of hours tops.
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