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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 us 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, except Good Friday and Christmas Day.

9.30am – 5pm (April – September)
9.30am - 5.30pm (October – March)

Adult: $6
Child: $3 (under 12 years)
Family: $15 (two adults and two children)
Concession: $3(Australian pensioners and students only) 
Senior: $4.50 (Australian seniors only)

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

Experience more of the garden’s secrets and unique highlights with one of our guided tours, Garden Highlights Tour or Seasonal Features Tour.

Or, if you prefer to explore on your own, collect a self-guided map from the front desk.

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. 

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 in the State of New South Wales and Guangzhou in the province of Guangdong, China (sister cities of sister states), 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
School Catering
Filming and Photography

Contact us

T (02) 9240 8665

Enrich your students’ cultural experience with a visit to the Chinese Garden of Friendship.

Primary Students
Sydney Learning Adventures offers an engaging and interactive education program for primary students (Stages 2 and 3).

Chinese Whispers
For years: 3 - 6 (Stages 2 and 3 History)
Location: Chinese Garden and Chinatown
In the heart of Chinatown students experience contemporary Chinese-Australian culture whilst learning why and when Chinese people first came to Australia and how they have adapted and flourished as a community.
By opening a window on Chinese culture and its ongoing contribution to Australia society and identity, the program helps students explore the role that people of diverse backgrounds play in the development and character of local communities.

For more information visit Sydney Learning Adventures.

Self-Guided Visits
Primary and secondary students can also enjoy a self-guided visit to the Chinese Garden. To book please complete and return the Self-Guided Education Group Booking form.

Chinese Garden Risk Assessment
Venue and Safety Information

Catering packages are also available for school groups. For information please refer to the Self-Guided Education Group Booking form.