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, Capitol Theatre and Darling Harbour.

Facts For Your Visit

Official Website: Chinese Garden of Friendship

Fee: Yes

COVID-19 Advisory

Many indoor and even some outdoor tourist attractions are temporarily closed due to the Global COVID-19 pandemic. If the hours of operation are shown below, they may not reflect these closures. Please verify hours with any attraction before visiting.

We believe the measures being taken are absolutely neccessary to preserve lives and we pray for everyone and their families as the world works together to get through this crisis.

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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
Australia

Phone: +61 2 9240 8888

Reviews

Yelp Rating:
4.5 out of 5 4.5 Star Rating
Based on 26 Reviews.

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5 Star Rating We came here on a rainy day and these gardens were absolutely stunning!!! So worth making the trip to see!!! They are kept up so well and there is so much... Read More

Mary Jo L. Mar-04-2020

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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Directions

Train Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Light Rail L1Exhibition2 minutes
T2, T3, or T8Museum Station5 minutes

How to get to Chinese Garden of Friendship by Train

By Light Rail: exit at Exhibition Stop, walk down the ramp on the east side of the station and cross Darling Drive. Continue east through the pedestrian path lined with palm trees until you reach the plaza on the east side of Sydney Theatre. The entrance to Chinese Garden of Friendship is across the plaza from the ICC Sydney Theatre.

By Train: exit at Museum Station and proceed west on Liverpool Street crossing Harbour Street via the elevated pedestrian overpass. Go left at Tumbalong Park and follow the garden wall through the pedestrian plaza until you reach the entrance.

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