Shop and Sip Tea in Darling Harbour

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Duration: 2-3 hours
Price Guide: 20
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Shop and Sip Tea in Darling Harbour

Loop the loop on the Sydney monorail (and sing the song from The Simpsons as many times as you like) before you get all classy and stick your pinky finger out because it’s time for tea.

All prices were correct at the time of publication.

Starting the tour

Sydney’s monorail – Pitt Street stop.

Section 1:

This stop is located at the corner of Pitt and Market Streets.


The monorail hovers above Darling Harbour, Chinatown and the central shopping and business districts all on one single loop. If one loop isn’t enough, you can stay on until you’ve had your fill. One ticket covers a single trip. If you alight after 15 loops, it’s still a single trip. If monorails are your bag, bring a picnic! Tickets are $4.80.

Section 2:

After at least one loop, alight from the monorail at the beginning of Pyrmont Bridge.


Pyrmont Bridge connects Pyrmont to the city. (The middle ground is Darling Harbour.) The bridge is the world’s oldest surviving electrically operated swingspan bridge. It takes the bridge about 60 seconds to fully open to 83 degrees. On Saturdays, Sundays and most public holidays be at the bridge at 10.30am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm or 3pm to see the swingspan in action. And that’s not all. If the gate at the front of the control cabin is open, you can climb the steps and say g’day to the bridge operator.

Section 3:

Cross the bridge towards the Pyrmont end to Harbourside, the shopping centre that lines the water.


You can shop, play or dine at Harbourside. If you plan on saving your coins for some Chinese tea and treat a bit later on, you may want to be a disciplined browser at this stage … if not, get stuck into some serious fashion shopping or sit down to eat al dente pasta at one of many restaurants. For a bit of fun, sign up to laser skirmish or kingpin bowling.

Section 4:

Take a stroll through Darling Harbour. Walk in the opposite direction of Pyrmont Bridge towards Chinatown.


The Chinese Garden of Friendship is situated on the border of Darling Harbour and Chinatown. It was created in 1988 to represent the friendship and co-operation between Sydney and Guangzhou in Guangdong Province, China. The garden is renowned for its serene waterfalls and fountains, quiet pathways and tranquil pavilions.

Section 5:

It’s only a matter of time before you encounter the teahouse in the gardens. Wander in and take a seat.


For something light and refreshing, order a jasmine tea, green tea or oolong tea. If you’re a little peckish you can choose from a range of pastries, dim sims, gow gees and steamed pork buns. There are also western-style snacks available if you feel like bucking the trend.

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