The Chinese Garden of Friendship

Kids just love exploring this secret garden and it's hidden pathways. It's a beautiful oasis in the heart of the city and a great place to visit when in the Darling Harbour area. They have wonderful daily activities just for kids too.

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.

Chinese Garden of Friendship

Daily fish feeding

Feed the magnificent koi at 11.30am and 3.30pm every day in the Lenient Jade Pavilion. Help the team attract the fish by clapping loudly, then share in the experience of feeding these colourful ‘living jewels’. 

Chinese Garden of Friendship

The Emperors Quest

The 12 animals of the Chinese lunar calendar are hidden in the Chinese Garden. The Emperor’s Quest will take you on a fascinating journey into the ancient world of the Chinese zodiac, known as ‘Sheng Xiao’ or ‘birth sign’. Use your special Emperor’s Quest map and viewfinder to follow the winding pathways of the Chinese Garden and seek out all the hidden legends. More info here.

Traditional Chinese Dress up in the Garden

Dress up in traditional Chinese costumes and take your own photographs in the Chinese Garden of Friendship.


*Stop 21 on the Sydney Explorer Bus;Wheat Rd, beside IMAX theatre

For travel information and our "Visiting Darling Harbour with Kids' Guide click here!

Chinese Garden of Friendship, Sydney, NSW
Accessible toilet and baby change facilities on site.
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.
Age Group
All Ages
Adult: $10
Child: $5 (under 12 years)
Family: $15 (two adults and two children)
Concession: $3(Australian pensioners and students only)
Location and Details
Chinese Garden of Friendship, Sydney, NSW
Open daily 9.30am and 5pm (5.30pm during daylight saving)
02 9240 8888