Nestled at the south end of Darling Harbour, you'll find a hidden oasis: the Chinese Garden of Friendship. While the silhouette of the city skyline shadows the garden, you'll be put at ease by the towering willow trees and soon forget your workday woes. The garden is at once peaceful and harmonious, making it the perfect place to stop and recharge your batteries or devour a good book. Take a deep breath and feel instantly revived.
If you're keen to stretch your legs and explore, the garden has waterfalls, sculptures, lakes and local wildlife, such as koi carp, water dragons and lots of pretty birds. As you meander through the winding pathways, be sure to stop by the tea house which offers traditional Chinese refreshments. The gardens are open every day from 9am–5.30pm (excluding Good Friday and Christmas Day), entry ranges between $3–6.
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