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Chinese Garden of Friendship

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Darling Harbour
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Address: Darling Harbour, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Phone Number: (02) 9240 8888
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9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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A haven of tranquility in Sydney's bustling Chinatown, this fascinating...

A haven of tranquility in Sydney's bustling Chinatown, this fascinating garden with waterfalls, bridges and fish-filled ponds was designed by experts from China and reflects designs dating back to the 5th century.

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Peaceful and has a calming effect on you

Only minutes from Chinatown. A lovely walk. Quiet and calming. peaceful and quiet. take your camera with you. relax and then walk onto Darling harbour you will love it.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Only minutes from Chinatown. A lovely walk. Quiet and calming. peaceful and quiet. take your camera with you. relax and then walk onto Darling harbour you will love it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A wonderful surprise to find this oasis of calm in the heart of the city. A beautifully laid out traditional Chinese garden design with great explanations of the purpose and intent to the design. The kids (7&10) loved exploring and following the Chinese zodiac clues and there was plenty of wildlife (birds, turtles, lizards) to observe as well. Aim to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The front of the gardens doesn't do the inside any justice! As we walked in we were blown away at the size of the gardens and the beauty of it all. This made for a lovely afternoon activity.

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Bundoora, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I'd highly recommend a visit to the Garden to anyone looking for something to do in the city. It was so incredibly refreshing, and the Garden, although relatively small, seemed enormous. There were twists and turns galore, and gorgeous scenery at all angles. The tea house was a lovely addition, and allowed for a half hour break to simply sit... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Hard to believe this amazing place sits in the middle of Darling Harbour - a wonderful Oasis. Lovely gardens beautiful place to reflect and savour the moment

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Poole, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This garden is beautiful and right near Darling Harbour so it was very unexpected to find an accurate Chinese Garden so close to the centre of Sydeny

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

With all the busy buildings around darling harbour you would not expect this paradise. Walk inside the gates and the hustle and bustle disappears.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

well maybe not exactly like that , but they did build this after having a few beers with Neville Wran , It is a nice garden , but you are not allowed to catch and eat the fish swimming in the ponds they are part of the scenery

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was a great time here, lovely sanctuary from the city. Lots to do and the cafe looked great. Very central and affordable

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A great place to spend an hour or more wandering around the serene, peaceful grounds interacting with the local lizards, birds and fish. Enjoy a pot of Chinese tea in the cafe before you leave.

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Staying in Darling Harbour

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Darling Harbour
The original docklands of Darling Harbour have been transformed into a tourist mecca with entertainment for the whole family. Cockle Bay Wharf offers dining options from budget to upscale and million dollar views of the harbour. Young crowds gather on weekends for nightlife that ranges from salsa clubs to DJ's. Families can visit the Chinese Garden of Friendship or the Sydney Aquarium, one of the largest in the world. The Australian National Maritime Museum and the IMAX theatre are also popular attractions. The Harbourside Shopping Centre is a site unto itself, with hundreds of shops, restaurants and bars. On Saturdays in the summer, the city puts on a spectacular fireworks show along the harbour's shore and there are plenty of other free events during the year - Darling Harbour Fiesta, VIVID’s light installations and the Sydney Festival, just to name a few.