Chinese Garden of Friendship
The Chinese Gardens of Friendship at Darling Harbour are a peaceful refuge in the heart of Sydney.
Why 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.
A relaxing tea or lunch in the Teahouse.
Daily Garden Highlights Tours (free with entry).
Access for all
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.
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.
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 10:30am, 11:45am, 2:30pm 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.
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.
Dedicated access parking is available at Darling Quarter car park station that is accessed via Harbour Street.
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