An Oasis in the Heart of Sydney

Ever visited Sydney and thought surely there has to be more to it than the Opera House and Harbour?

Well I’m here to tell you there absolutely is! In the heart of Darling Harbour you will find the Chinese Garden of Friendship, a true oasis in the city.

The gardens have now been open for 30 years and are open 7 days a week from 9:30am – 5pm. With entry priced at $6 for adults and $3 for children this is a must do experience for locals and tourists alike.

Having a design based on the private gardens of the Ming Dynasty these gardens in Sydney offer an interesting look into Chinese culture and traditions.

Boasting waterfalls and ponds filled with koi carp, lillies and dragon flies it is entirely possible to feel a world away from the bustling city centre.

I can assure you there is something to be seen here for everyone!

As a hobby photographer I particularly loved the intricate details on the buildings and was pleasantly surprised to find beautiful flowers despite it not yet being spring during my visit.

There is also the opportunity to really take your time, relax and enjoy a traditional Chinese tea or other refreshments in the tea house. Pro tip – the tea house has the best view over the lake!

Or for something a little different you can pay to dress up in Chinese outfits and walk around having your photos taken. You can also use the gardens for weddings and other events.

The wolverine was even filmed here in 2012!

I would recommend allowing plenty of time to wander and look at everything before moving on to your next activity.

As a guide I was here for around 2 hours including my stop for the all important cup of tea.

If you are looking for lunch or just a drink before or after your visit try the cosy Pump House or the many restaurants and bars along Pier Street.

I’m sure you will not regret taking the time to escape city life for a couple of hours!

If you’re wanting to do a road trip during your NSW travels consider the beautiful Oberon.

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