Chinese Garden of Friendship

The Chinese Garden of Friendship is a beautiful oasis within the city

Architectural features accentuate the natural surroundings in Chinese Garden of Friendship
Architectural features accentuate the natural surroundings in Chinese Garden of Friendship cc licensed photo by David Swhartz

The Chinese Garden of Friendship was opened in 1988 as part the commemoration of Sydney's bicentennial. Located near Darling Harbour at the northern end of Chinatown, this lovely garden is well worth a visit and the admission fee is very reasonable.

The garden was designed by landscape designers and gardeners from Sydney's sister city of Guangzhou in China. It is modelled after the likes of private gardens common during the Ming Dynasty, but is somewhat smaller than they were. A unique aspect of the design is that there is no point in the garden where you can see all of the garden at one time.

You will be delighted by the beauty of the gardens natural features and settings accented by a variety of architectural backdrops and Chinese sculptures as you stroll along the meandering pathways through the garden. It is this natural beauty that makes the garden very popular for wedding photography. Some of the features to watch for include the Dragon Wall, the Water Pavilion of Lotus Fragrance, and the Twin Pavilion.

The garden also has a Tea House, where you can enjoy a cup of Chinese Tea of some other refreshments. Be sure to bring your camera.

Nearby attractions include: Chinatown, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Entertainment Centre, Capitol Theatre and Darling Harbour.

Facts For Your Visit

Official Website: Chinese Garden of Friendship

Fee: Yes

Open Now

Regular Hours:

  • Monday: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sunday: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Category: Landmarks & Historical Buildings

Address: Pier St
Sydney New South Wales 2000

Phone: +61 2 9240 8888


Yelp Rating:
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5 Star Rating More than just a garden, it's an amazing tranquil, peaceful place in the middle of a crowded, busy city. For the mere price of $6AUD, you can be... Read More

Mke K. Dec-07-2018

4 Star Rating Beautiful spot to walk around. Wonderful architecture and great green space. Take some time to get a pot of tea at the tea house. Some interesting ibis... Read More

Naomi K. Sep-01-2018

5 Star Rating Beautiful, compact Chinese garden with a wide variety of interesting features. My five-year-old enjoyed the Chinese Zodiac scavenger hunt; him having that... Read More

Stephen P. Mar-24-2019

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Train Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Light RailExhibition2 minutes
T2 or T3Museum Station5 minutes

How to get to Chinese Garden of Friendship by Train

By Light Rail: exit at Exhibition Stop and go down the ramp on the east side of the station and cross the street. Continue east on the sidewalk staying next to the south end of the Sydney Entertainment and Convention Centre until you get to the plaza on your left. The entrance to the Chinese Garden of Friendship is across the plaza from the Entertainment Center.

By Train: exit at Museum Station and proceed west on Liverpool Street crossing Harbour Street via the elevated pedestrian overpass. The entrance to the Garden is around to your left at the far side of the pedestrian overpass.

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