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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:
+61 2 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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So the last time I visited this place when when it first opened, and I've always had that image in my head. The one where the garden looked bare and incomplete. Clearly things... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Cameron M
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Hong Kong
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

So the last time I visited this place when when it first opened, and I've always had that image in my head. The one where the garden looked bare and incomplete. Clearly things have changed/grown since then and now it's stunning. Entry is a little pricey but it's a beautiful little oasis in the city and worth a visit if... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Beautiful garden well worth a visit, including the tea house. A delight for keen photographers. The sound of falling water plus a chance to sit and watch graceful koi make this a welcome quiet moment in a busy city.

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Great Falls, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Despite the fact that it was a rainy day I loved this garden. The landscaping is so interesting because they brought a lot of rocks in to add dimension to the gardens. The rocks were chosen because they resembled dragons or other creatures or because they were unusual colors or shapes. They used water in very interesting ways. The paths... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A visit to the Chinese Gardens when visiting Sydney is a great place to relax after visiting the Harbour and the hustle and bustle of the City

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Really nice garden with lots of plants/ fauna and fish ! The bonsai garden was my favourite! Worth paying a visit

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Alice Springs, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Amidst the rat race of the bustling city is the fabulous and relaxing Chinese gardens. Tranquil and beautiful with soft running water and also lovely well maintained gardens. Take a book and give yourself some time out to rejuvenate, or simply meditate. Love this place.

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great garden at great location, but need more creative art work or themes rather than having just a building with empty rooms and water and gardens and some statues.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

In the midst of hectic Sydney the Chinese Garden of friendship is a peaceful place to go and admire the serenity. The trees are beautiful as is the architecture and feel of the place

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Visited this beautiful inner city gem during a very hot January day. So tranquil and peaceful with lovely water features and gardens. A lovely way to spend a few hours away from the hectic city bustle.

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Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Walking from our car to lunch in Darling Harbour decided to stop and visit these gardens for the first time, and so glad we did. $6 fee allows you to enter a beautiful oasis right in the heart of Sydney. The gardens and waterfalls are divine, it's peaceful, tranquil and beautifully cool on a hot summers day. Well worth a... More 

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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.
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