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Nature Illuminated

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  • Chinese Garden of Friendship, Sydney
  1. Nature Illuminated at the Chinese Garden of Friendship
    Photograph: Supplied
  2. Nature Illuminated at the Chinese Garden of Friendship
    Photograph: Supplied
  3. Garden at night, lit up with body of water in front of it
    Photograph: Supplied

Time Out Says

Awe in the fantastical at this immersive, illuminated experience at Sydney's Chinese Garden of Friendship

Darling Harbour's beautiful hidden garden has been lit up in an immersive world of lights, colour and natural splendour, transforming the tranquil sanctuary of the Chinese Garden of Friendship in the heart of the city into a digital art playground. 

Using augmented reality technology, the heritage-listed gardens have been transformed into a reflection of the four seasons. Meet giant koi fish, cacti and birds all while enjoying the gentle sounds of a string quartet. Wander through the illuminated world with a cocktail in hand, as the dulcet sounds of a string quartet fill the air. Use your phone to scan QR codes throughout the experience, and you will be able to watch the nature around you come to life. 

If you fancy a feast, the Gardens' teahouse-style dining space, The Garden by Lotus, is dishing up a premium Chinese banquet before the illuminations light up. It features popular dishes like Pacific oysters with finger lime dressing and flying fish roe, jade prawn dumplings and duck pancakes. Pescetarian and vegan banquet options are also available.

Entry is $50 per adult and $30 per child, with tickets including the Chinese banquet starting from $165. After-dark sessions are set to run at 7.30pm and 9pm each night (except Mondays) until March 27. This event is following Covid-safe guidelines. Things change quickly, so always check ahead with the event organiser before heading out to any events in Sydney.

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Alannah Maher
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Alannah Maher


Chinese Garden of Friendship
Corner of Pier & Harbour Sts, Darling Harbour
Opening hours:
Daily 9.30-5pm / 9.30-5.30pm during Daylight Savings; closed Good Friday & Christmas Day

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