Sydney’s friendship garden

Sitting in-between Paddy’s Market and Darling harbour is the Chinese Garden of Friendship. A peaceful spot of nature in the middle of Sydney’s busy cramped streets.

With some time to kill before a dance music event later that night, a friend and I decided to go wander the gardens.

Opened in 1998, the garden is built around a large-ish manmade lagoon in the middle with as the name suggests, east Asian flavours to it such the buildings, decorations, plants and copious amounts of Koi (Not Magikarp guys).

Optional activities include fish feeding and dressing up in Imperial China era costumes (Don’t bother, novelty things to get more money out of you. Go to China and you can dress up at the Great Wall).

Mini oasis surrounded by Sydney


Main pagoda feature


Plenty of well-kept nature
Walk amongst the bamboo
Relax by the waterfall gazebo

Perfect place (despite having to pay) to kill 1 to 2 hours if you are looking for something to do close to darling harbour in a relaxing environment with shaded seating to DNM with your friend. Also, a safe place to walk around and catch Pokémon if that’s your thing too.

There is also an N2 Extreme gelato across the road, bonus!

Only negative is that you have to pay to walk in what essentially is a park. But hey, that’s Sydney for you.
Great setting for a wedding though if that’s what you are after…

Getting there

Best to walk really to get to see everything around there as well. North of Paddy’s market and south of Darling harbour.


  • 9:30am – 5pm (5.30pm in Oct – Mar)


  • Adult: $6
  • Kids (under 12): $3
  • Students: $3
  • Family (2 adults, 2 kids): $15

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