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Chinese Garden of Friendship

Ramp entry to Chinese Garden of FriendshipWhy go there

The Chinese Garden of Friendship at Darling Harbour is a peaceful refuge in the heart of Sydney. Designed and built by Chinese landscape architects and gardeners, the garden is a symbol of the strong bond between Sydney and its sister city in China, Guangzhou in Guangdong Province. The garden depicts the wild aspects of nature with water features and beautiful trees and flowering plants. Follow meandering pathways to really enjoy the tranquility of trickling waterfalls, small ponds and lush plantings.

Don't miss

  • A relaxing tea or lunch in the Teahouse.
  • Daily Garden Highlights Tours (free with entry).

Access for all

Access Summary

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Download a copy of the garden map which shows the location of the accessible entry as well as garden highlights.

Access Summary

Mobility access

Getting around

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Ramp access is provided into the main entrance. Paved pathways then lead to the pavilions and wind amongst the garden. Pathways are firm and solid although constructed from stone - which can be a little rough in places. While stairs and bridges can make physical access difficult, wheelchair access is available to most of the areas.

Spectacular Dragon Wall

Spectacular Dragon Wall
Image: Patty Mazza

Water features

Water features
Image: Patty Mazza

An accessible toilet is provided in the garden, not far from the Teahouse via a covered walkway. This toilet has been recently renovated to improve accessibility and overall standard of amenity. Additional accessible toilets are nearby in the Darling Quarter.

Ramp to level entry

Ramp to level entry
Image: Patty Mazza

Signage to access toilet

Signage to access toilet
Image: Patty Mazza

Tours

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A 35 minute tour that will entice you to discover more as you journey through this spectacular garden. Visitors will be introduced to the history, design principles and cultural heritage behind the creation of the garden. Our friendly Guides will share the secrets and hidden treasures this garden has to offer and you may even encounter some of our much loved wildlife.

Regarded as one of the finest of its kind outside of China, this Highlights Tour will give you a new perspective on all gardens.

Tours run daily -

  • 01 October to 30 April - 10:30am, 11:45am, 2:30pm
  • 01 May to 30 September - 12:00pm, 2:00pm

and are free with garden entry.

Places on each tour are limited so get to the garden early

Eating and shopping

  • Relax in the tranquil setting of the Chinese Garden Teahouse which has level access.
  • Explore nearby Chinatown with its restaurants, produce shops and fashion.
  • Head for a casual lunch at one of many restaurants in Darling Harbour or take a picnic to enjoy at Tumbalong Park.

How to get there

Darling Harbour is a short stroll from the city centre with access to Pyrmont Bridge, Ultimo and Haymarket from Market, Druitt and Bathurst streets. The Chinese Garden is located towards the southernend of Darling Harbour, opposite Tumbalong Park.

Public Transport

Accessible public transport options include a bus from Circular Quay, Sydney Ferry from Circular Quay (access is from floating pontoon wharves), Matilda City Loop ferry from Circular Quay, or light rail to Paddy's Market station.

Parking

Dedicated access parking is available at Darling Quarter car park station that is accessed via Harbour Street.

Ramp entry to Chinese Garden of Friendship

Ramp entry to Chinese Garden of Friendship
Image: Patty Mazza

Access Summary

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Contact Details

Address:
Darling Harbour
Sydney NSW 2000

Phone:
+ 61 2 9240 8888

Email:
chinesegarden@shfa.nsw.gov.au

Websites:

www.darlingharbour.com
(www.darlingharbour.com)

Opening hours

Daily from 9.30am to 5pm except for Good Friday and Christmas Day. From October to March, they are open until 5.30pm. (Subject to change for private functions).

Price

Check the web site for details on entry fees.

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