The Grand Pacific Drive is a 140km coastal drive from south of Sydney, winding past glittering beaches and small coastal towns, crossing the Sea Cliff Bridge on its way to Wollongong.
The Chinese Garden of Friendship is nestled at the south end of Darling Harbour and a short walk from Chinatown. At the end of Winter the gardens are not at their best although still lovely and blissfully quiet. Enjoy the serenity of the traditional Chinese Teahouse and spare some time to spoil ones self with scones, jam, cream and jasmine tea whilst taking in the surrounding views of the gardens. The gardens occupy several acres combining waterfalls, lakes, pavilions, sculpture and animals; the fish and the ibis.
Located approximately 40km west of the Sydney CBD within Nurragingy Reserve, Doonside is the Chang Lai Yuan Chinese gardens whose name was derived by adopting one character from each of the names Dongchang, which is the former name of the City of Liaocheng and Blacktown, when translated from Chinese (Bu Lai Ke Cheng). Yuan is the Chinese translation for ‘garden’. The garden is based on the Ming Dynasty and Qing Dynasty in China.
The garden was cooperatively designed and constructed by Blacktown Council and Liaocheng Municipal Government in China as a symbolic gesture of friendship between the two sister cities.
The garden features Seven Arch Stone Bridge, Waterfall Gazebo, Light Mountain Pavilion and a grand Gateway.
Nurragingy Reserve is a sprawling natural bushland reserve which offers picnic and BBQ areas, playgrounds for children, bush walking tracks, picturesque lake with water spray. It contains historically significant areas, including areas of Aboriginal significance.
All in all a great place for family gatherings, weddings or just relax in the glorious surroundings and entry is free. See Blacktown Council for details getting there.