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

Fee: Yes

Address: Pier Street, Cnr Harbour St, Darling Harbour NSW 2000, Australia

Phone: (02) 9240 8888

Official Website: Chinese Garden of Friendship


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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Rated 4.5 out of 5Chinese Garden of Friendship Star Rating

5 Star Rating The Chinese Garden of friendship is a beautiful little gem in the heart of the city. I have gone several times with friends and family and we always pay the extra $10 to dress up. One little girl even came up to us and said "excuse me queens, can I have a photo with you?" And then she let me hold her bunny in the photo. The whole garden is beautiful and tranquil and there are lots of hidden little spots. Last time I went we fed the fish and a turtle came and joined in the fun :) They also have a cute little tea house where you can sit and have tea. Honestly this is one of my favourite places!

The Invisible Fly - 18 days ago

4 Star Rating A charming garden with some really tasteful architecture and an interesting layout. It will provide the visitor with lots to discover, enjoy and cherish. The whole garden can be easily covered in about an hour and has a lot of interesting nooks and corners to discover. The only drawback is that the city looms large all around the space and you can’t really escape the sights and sounds of it from anywhere within the garden. The cafe inside the garden has limited food choices but can provide a very relaxing experience due to the surroundings.

Prabal Chatterjee - 24 days ago

5 Star Rating Beautiful Garden with wonderful landscapes. Must see attraction in Darling Harbour place. Has a nice falls in the mid of the city. Kids can enjoy the activity trail, while there is different kind of tours for adults. Dressing up in Chinese tradition is very interesting one. The pond in the garden has colourful fishes, watching them is peaceful time pass for both adults and kids.

Divya S - 27 days ago

5 Star Rating It was peaceful. It was calm, and I could just escape from the Central Business District through this garden. The teahouse was an enjoyable experience and simply sitting in and exploring the pavilion were so empowering. I don't know why, but I felt very at peace whenever I just sat down and admired the Chinese-style architecture. The artworks, sculptures, and Chinese traditional flora are very memorable. The signs next to each feature were very informative of their history and origin.

Shion Ishida - 1 month ago

4 Star Rating A beautiful garden set up that reflects the scenery seen in China. It was a great experience to go there with friends but beware the water is very murky and if you plan on looking at the fishes under the water, you probably won't be able to see it with great clarity. However, you just want to have a look at the buildings or just want to be distracted for about 1.5 hours or so, this would be a nice place to do that.

Eric Wong - 1 month ago


You will learn many very interesting facts about the Chinese Garden of Friendship in this brief tour

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