Chinese Garden of Friendship

Historical Sites and Heritage Locations

The Chinese Garden of Friendship is a tranquil retreat in the middle of the city, and one of the best things to do in Sydney.

Located in the southern end of Darling Harbour, nestled between Darling Quarter and Darling Square, the Chinese Garden of Friendship is a collaborative effort between Sister States of NSW and Guangdong of China.

Opened on 17 Jan 1988 for the Bicentenary, the Garden was modelled after ancient private gardens in China from the 5th century and is a masterpiece of traditional Chinese culture infused with Australian characteristics.

Designed by the Guangzhou Landscape Bureau, the Garden was laid out according to the ancient Chinese philosophy of Taoism and its principle of Yin and Yang and imitates the setup of traditional Chinese landscape paintings of miniature mountains and water.

Come in and treat yourself to the peace and tranquillity. Wander serene pathways and take in exotic plants, blooming flowers and a lake of shimmering Koi. If you fancy staying for a while, experience The Gardens by Lotus, an onsite restaurant in a heritage listed teahouse serving dumplings, Chinese tea and fiery Sichuan cuisine.


Cafe Family Friendly Food and Refreshments Lawn / Gardens Public Toilet Restaurant

Disabled Assistance

Disabled access available


From AU$4.00

Adult: AUD8
Child: AUD4 (under 12 with children under 5 free)
Family: AUD20 (2 adults / 3 children)
Concession/Student: AUD4 (Australian card holders)
Senior: AUD6 (Australian card holders)

Adult Pass Local Resident: AUD39
Adult Pass Individual: AUD58
Family Pass: AUD118 (2 adults/ 3 children)

Trading Times

Check In: 9:30 am
Check Out: 5:00 pm

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