Chinese Garden General Admission Ticket

Chinese Garden General Admission Ticket

45 to 60 minutes Sydney, Australia

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You'll spend a day exploring secluded garden—Darling Harbour’s Chinese Garden of Friendship . Join our team and feed the magnificent koi at 11.30am daily or join one of three daily tours and learn about the history, landscape and cultural heritage of the Chinese Garden.

Chinese Garden Highlights Tour - 10.30am daily (duration: 35 mins)

Plants in a Living Landscape Tour - 11.45am daily (duration: 45 mins)

Rocks in a Living Landscape Tour - 2.30pm daily (duration: 35 mins)
Visit: Chinese Garden of Friendship, Pier Street, Darling Harbour, Sydney, New South Wales 2000 Australia

The walled Chinese Garden respectfully recreates the philosophy and harmony of a traditional Chinese garden in its waterfalls, lakes, exotic plants, pavilions and hidden pathways...once you’ve discovered this secret garden, you’ll never want to leave!


  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Entry/Admission - Chinese Garden of Friendship


  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required for travelers


87 Reviews

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blackeldo November 2021

I WAS PLEASANTLY SURPRISED BY THE SHOW HERE. I’m not a great fan of native Australian gardens, even less so with most exotic plantings – rows of carefully tended natural or introduced species fail big time to whelm me. But the Chinese gardens were different – they seemed to concentrate or more of the overall landscape: the lakes, waterfalls++, pavilions, animals++ yada rather than what was growing there. Although what was growing there was pretty nice. The overall layout of this area is relatively simple. The entrance zone tends to have lotsa pavilions including a very nice dining area with water views. Immediately east of this was a zone of waterways – there arr two central lakes++ plus a nice creek area to the north side. Further east the land rises to a waterfall zone. Best way to check the higher eastern areas is via the perimeter track. It rises abt 25m to the waterfall zone but in no place did I think slopes too steep for the unfit. Anyway there are lotsa seats and small pavilions where you can take off the load. Total distance is not great – I reckon a fit person could do the whole perimeter path non-stop in less than 10mins. TIPS - fi the hustle and noise of the city is getting to you, the calm of the gardens is a perfect antidote. - lower zones are wheelchair friendly. Unfortunately upper areas have a few steps. - don’t be afraid to take side tracks off the perimeter path. Some are very good value and none are excessively steep for more than a very short distance. - critters in this zone are very tame, particularly the water lizzards. - make sure you pack yer concession cards. Overall entrance fee is a steal, concessions even better. - you could knock over the gardens in abt an hour – longer if you choose to pack a picnic for the dining pavilion. There are lotsa nearby attractions in Darling Harbour **– but you may choose to keep the Chinese thing going with a meal/snack in nearby Dixon St** **TRIPADVISOR HAS REVIEW PAGES ++SEE PIX

AndyJohn74 June 2021

The Chinese Garden of Friendship is located to the south of Darling Harbour. This is in a walled compound and there is an entrance fee to see the garden. Inside it is like stepping into another country. The garden is immaculate. Well worth a visit.

Helen_R April 2021

The Chinese Gardens is a garden full of wonderment wherever you look. Steeped in so much rich chinese culture, it was so great to see something different from western culture gardens. The aesthetics and the peacefulness of the garden was welcoming. Very picturesque. I can't wait to go back.

jackieg830 April 2021

We did the Discovery Tour with Ming at 10:30am which I found very interesting and informative. Thank you Ming! Although we have been to Sydney many times before we had never visited this garden. We will definitely be visiting this garden again.So peacuful and relaxing in the heart of the CBD. I loved listening to the water. There is a very pretty restaurant and cafe also. Entrance was $8 we booked in advance but people were able to purchase tickets onsite. Love these gardens can”t wait to visit again!

Alison S April 2021

A delightful way to spend an afternoon, post meal, walking around these splendid gardens and buildings - surrounded by tall sky scrapers, yet peaceful and meditative!

Lea_T April 2021

Beautiful garden. Well worth a look. Just disappointed I got rushed out during my fan making & didnt finish.

M4verick14 March 2021

Having wandered past here numerous times and thought that it was just a tiny garden I could haven’t been more wrong. The garden is huge and full of little hidden gems when walking around. The water falls and features including the “over fed Goldfish” or Koi swimming in the lake are just gorgeous the whole way around. You could spend a good couple of hours in here soaking in the peaceful nature and tranquility. You kind of forget you’re in the heart of the city at times. There are opportunities ‘for the gram’ the whole way around the garden. So don’t be shy in getting a pose or two in front of the waterfalls or in the Bamboo forest. Would definitely visit again

Sally_N January 2021

Went with my partner and it was a beautiful place to visit. It’s definitely worth going if your also visiting the city

juliekA1009BM January 2021

I am a Sydneysider so this means sometimes I tend to overlook the little gems that are right under my nose like the Chinese Gardens. I have moved into the area so the gardens are walking distance so I joined for a year - a bargain at $35. We visited on a beautiful summer's day & the shade & tranquility of the gardens was perfect. There are so many photogenic spots as the planning draws your eye to certain vistas like through the moon hole looking out onto the pond. There are plenty of places you can sit & have peace & quiet. The water dragons were out in force & we watched the frantic feeding of the koi fish at 11.30 am. You could spend hours here if you wish & exit & re-enter as much as you like during the day. There is also a restaurant attached that serves yum cha.

Mina October 2020

Small but absolutely magnificent garden in the heart of Sydney City. Its best to visit as soon as it opens (and especially weekdays) because the garden is much better enjoyed when there's fewer people inside. There's plenty of fauna too: lots of koi fish, water dragons, baby ducks and turtles. The price is generous as I'm sure they could have made it dearer to get more money out of it..

CaniceWallace_T September 2020

Excellent. Have a wonderful trips. $8 is okay but parking at darling harbour square is $19 per hour. It is very expensive. Total is $27 for one hour visit.

CaniceWallace_T September 2020

I found some places need to be repaired. Such as the word missing in one of the building. And also the astrology on the ground is fading.

Cindyrox03 August 2020

The peacefulness of the garden in the business of the city was excellent. The time indicated on the website however was wrong and we had to wait half an hour for it to open, you should have correct times on the tickets too.

768jenniferh768 August 2020

Having lived in Pyrmont for more than a year I have often walked by the gardens and on a slightly dull Saturday afternoon I paid the $8 to have a look for myself. Knowing the area well I knew the gardens wouldn’t be huge so I expected that it would while away half an hour at the most....I was quite wrong, I was there well over an hour and actually would have stayed longer if they had been staying open later. The gardens are a beautiful and (mostly) quiet place while surrounded by the hustle and bustle of the Darling Harbour/Darling Quarter area. The thoughtful pathways through the gardens give different views and glimpses of the space and gives a good variety of interesting places to pause and sit to admire what has been created. You can hear the noise from the adjacent road, but it’s only really noticeable if a siren is going off out there. I really enjoyed finding quiet corners, watching the fish and reading the little information signs around the gardens. A lovely spot that is well looked after, I only wish I had visited sooner to see it change through the seasons!

U1132ZURhydrangea July 2020

Lovely garden to spend some time and enjoy the scenery of small lakes and water features in the calming gardens in the middle of the busy city. If you are interested you should allow at least 60mins to enjoy and get into it. We only speant 45 mins as we had a lunch to go to but would loved to have spent a bit more time there.

Freya D July 2020

The Chinese Garden of Friendship is always a winner. Despite there being no 'activity' it is so lovely to just stroll around the gardens and look at all of the different plants, as well as admiring the little critters that call the gardens home: the koi fish in the pond, the turtles and the bearded dragons are all wandering (swimming) around if you stop to look. Picnics are not frowned upon either. The Chinese garden is a delightful slice of serenity in the middle of the city, and at only $4 a ticket for students, you really can't complain about wasting your money either.

Perry B May 2020

Well, maybe Taoist calm. It is always great to come here and soak up 'the vibe'. Last spring in Australia, the garden was blooming abundantly. There were still large amounts of blossoms.

Brian C April 2020

My wife and I spent a delightful hour and a half exploring these simple stunning gardens. Beautifully landscaped with trees, shrubs, flowers, lakes and waterfalls. And the gardens provide a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of Sydney. Highly recommended - a 'must do' for the centre of Sydney.

patrickperbkk April 2020

It's a very lovely beautiful Chinese garden in the heart of Sydney. Very convenient to visit, a short walk from Darling Harbour and China Town. It's a great idea to spend one morning or afternoon with a family. The park inside also has a lovely Chinese restaurant, worth to try.

grant1952 April 2020

We spent a few hours exploring these stunning gardens and could have spent longer if we had time.The gardens are so relaxing with all the water features Pagodas and tea house and all the wildlife roaming about in amongst the lovely plants. It is hard to believe such an enchanting place exsists in the middle of Sydney. It is a place to put on your must see list when visiting Sydney, you will not be dissapointed.

Carolynvk March 2020

We were looking for open spaces for appropriate social distancing as the corona virus began to hit Sydney, and we found The Chinese Garden of Friendship. What a beautiful place to sit, walk, reflect, rest, and learn about Oriental gardening principles. The restaurant was closed, but when we return in the future we will be able to enjoy tea and the colorful views here.

ogerkan March 2020

The creators of the Chinese Peace Gardens definitely knew what they were doing. The gardens are laid out along a circular path thru structures, streams and a pagoda. There is a tea house as well. If you like oriental style gardens, this should be on your list.

RainbowCandH26 February 2020

We were stunned that this beautiful place is in the hustle and bustle of Sydney. Well worth the small fee to enter. We did the tour with Sue, she was very friendly and passionate about the garden and then walked round by ourselves and just loved it, lots of lovely photo opportunities.

Kimberly W February 2020

This Chinese garden is pristine. Very well designed and maintained. Very interesting cultural elements. We had a tour that was informative. There was also a tea ceremony demonstration because it was Chinese New year. This demonstration was a bit disappointing. Mainly marred by a photographer (with the organization doing the demonstration, not a tourist) constantly getting in the way and blocking the view of us paying customers for her photo shots. When she wasn't in our way, she was still disturbing - moving around quickly and taking away from this calm ceremony. It was terrible. I was super disappointed by the tea ceremony, but otherwise enjoyed the garden immensely.
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