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Chinese Garden of Friendship

Feel the sun on your face in your own secret garden in Darling Harbour’s Chinese Garden of Friendship.
(02) 9240 8888
Pier Street, Darling Harbour, NSW, 2000

Let me tell you a secret

Have you ever imagined your own secret garden? A place to escape; to breathe deeply and feel the sun on your face. Darling Harbour’s Chinese Garden of Friendship is that place. 

Much more than just a city garden, the walled Chinese Garden respectfully recreates the philosophy and harmony of a traditional Chinese garden with waterfalls, lakes, exotic plants, pavilions and hidden pathways. With koi carp swimming in the lakes, willows weeping in the breeze and a Teahouse serving Chinese tea and dim sum, be careful when you discover Darling Harbour’s secret garden—you may never want to leave.

Opening hours
Share the secret of the Chinese Garden every day of the year between 9.30am and 5pm (5.30pm during daylight saving) except Good Friday and Christmas Day.

Admission
Adult: $6
Child: $3 (under 12 years)
Family: $15 (two adults and two children)
Concession: $3(Australian pensioners and students only) 

Annual pass (available at the Chinese Garden ticket office, conditions apply)
Adult: $50
Family: $125 (two adults and two children)

Maps and tours
Reveal more of the garden’s secrets and unique highlights, including the Dragon Wall, Twin Pavilion, Dragon Rock and penjing collection, with the self guided map.

Feed curious minds with the Chinese Garden’s self-guided tours for primary, secondary and tertiary school groups. Submit a self-guided tour enquiry

Accessibility
Pathways and pavilions in the lower garden are accessible for wheelchairs and prams; however steps and rocky pathways make the upper part of the garden difficult to access. The closest passenger drop-off point to the garden is on Harbour Street. 

Facilities
The Chinese Garden has a fully upgraded accessible toilet and baby change facilities on site.

The Chinese Garden of Friendship was built as a beautiful symbol of friendship between Sydney and Guangzhuo in China, to mark Australia’s bicentenary in 1988.

The garden was designed and built by Chinese landscape architects and gardeners following the Taoist principles of 'Yin-Yang' and the five opposite elements—earth, fire, water, metal and wood. These principles also stress the importance of Qi, the central force of life and energy.

Yin-Yang plays such a vital role that just one missing element would disrupt the garden's harmony and balance. However when combined perfectly, the five elements form a fluid and nurturing environment. Everything you encounter in the garden has been hand-picked and meticulously placed to capture the five elements and the energy of Qi.

Unlike western-style gardens, there are no planted flowerbeds or manicured lawns. Instead, wild aspects of nature are recreated in landscapes that feature waterfalls, mountains, lakes and forests.

The art of Chinese Garden design began in imperial parks during the Shang dynasty 3,000 years ago. Later they flourished on a smaller scale in the private gardens of China's rich and powerful. Darling Harbour’s Chinese Garden of Friendship is a small-scale version of a typical private garden from this era.

The Chinese Garden loves nothing more than a big day. Say “I do” in a sheltered pavilion, make an entrance over a graceful bridge or make some big decisions in a beautiful landscape.  

The garden’s pavilions are perfect for daytime wedding ceremonies for up to 120 guests. For evening functions, the lower levels of the Chinese Garden are available exclusively from 5.30pm to midnight with catering provided by your preferred (gold licensed) supplier or from our list of caterers.

For daytime functions, the Blue Room is available for hire from 9.30am to 5pm and is ideal for meetings or small conferences of up to 50 people.

Booking forms

Blue Room Functions
Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Photography
Evening Functions
Tea House Catering
School Catering
Filming and Photography

Contact us

T (02) 9240 8665
F (02) 9271 5152
functions@shfa.nsw.gov.au

Enrich your students’ cultural experience with a self-guided school visit to the Chinese Garden of Friendship

The Chinese Garden of Friendship’s self-guided primary and secondary education programs are designed to provide background information and practical support for teachers planning a school visit to the garden.

The self-guided primary education pack includes:

  • syllabus links for Stages 2 and 3 HSIE students
  • links to COGs and HSIE units of work for Stages 2 and 3
  • teaching suggestions for pre- and post-excursion activities
  • bibliography and list of suggested resources.

Primary Education Self-Guided Teacher Resource Pack

The self-guided secondary education pack includes:

  • syllabus links for Stages 4 and 5 history and geography students
  • teaching suggestions for pre- and post-excursion activities
  • bibliography and list of suggested resources.

Secondary Education Self-Guided Teacher Resource Pack

Catering packages are also available for school groups. For more information please refer to the Self-Guided Education Group Booking Form in the resource packs.


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