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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
09:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

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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Beautiful oasis in city

This is a lovely and unusual place right in the city near Darling Harbour. Beautifully kept and very peaceful.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Maire W
Saltash, United Kingdom
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Saltash, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a lovely and unusual place right in the city near Darling Harbour. Beautifully kept and very peaceful.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The gardens are beautiful, this area is attracting a lot of natural wild life. A beautiful space to walk around and sit and enjoy the quite. I'm no expert on Chinese gardens but this place looked like it nailed it. Only $6 for adults I highly recommend you check this place out.

Thank Hayley B
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We were staying a nearby hotel and walked to the gardens for breakfast it was a wonderful place to sit with friends and have a coffee The gardens are immaculate the views are so peaceful and I could have spent hours just sitting by the water pools Yes we enjoyed Darling Harbour and restaurants but this was great to chill... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Only $6 entry fee- divine with lizards and water birds, thoughtful with wonderful landscaping. Great photos.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Located between Chinatown and Darling Harbour inside high walls this is one of Sydneys secrets- can get crowded so go early

Thank Michael S
Portishead, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A great place for some meditation, and beautifully layed out, I sat here meditating for a long while, If your doing Darling harbour (recommended) you will come across this place anyway...

Thank garylomas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

These garden look AMAZING. The tours are great you learn so much. Although, it is incredibly expensive. I found this deceiving. All up I rate this 🌟🌟🌟🌟 ET stars.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Neat little retreat from the hustle and bustle of the Sydney CBD. There are a few little secluded spots that are great for selfies and ninja poses as well as areas where you can really appreciate the gardens

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

Its a good place to escape the bustle of Darling Harbor but I don't thinks its worth the entrance fee. I have attended two weddings and a few functions there and enjoyed them but I have only paid to view the one time and wont be repeating.

Thank Tim L
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Peaceful, beautifully tended garden with many exquisite Chinese features. It's hard to believe that it's in the middle of a bustling city. Magical visit.

Thank Andrea C

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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 Gardens of Friendship or the Sydney Aquarium, one of the largest in the world. The Sydney 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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