Whether you're looking for an opportunity to get creative with your camera, take a stimulating stroll amid serene surrounds, or have a pleasant picnic, look no further than the Chang Lai Yuan Chinese Garden at Nurragingy Reserve, Doonside.
The traditionally painted gateway greets you as you enter the garden
What I love about this garden is that it is a little slice of China conveniently located in Sydney's western suburbs. This means there is no need for you to catch a train or sit through traffic to get into the city to visit Sydney's Chinese Garden if and when you crave a quick trip to the Oriental.
Located just outside the Colbee Centre, designated onsite parking is free. You can use the entrance off Knox Rd, but you're better off entering via the Knox Road and Cross Street intersection.
Built to promote and celebrate the relationship between Blacktown City and its sister-city, Liaocheng Municipal, Shandong Province, People's Republic of China, the 2800 square-metre garden is architecturally inspired by the Ming Dynasty and the Qing Dynasty in China.
The pavilion too features traditional paintings and provides a great view of the rest of the Garden
The garden features the Qin Quan Lang waterfall gazebo, the above pavilion, a traditionally painted gateway and an awesome seven arch granite bridge that extends across the park lake. To find out more about these, as well as the relationship between the sister-cities itself, keep an eye out for the information panels purposefully placed throughout the garden.
Made of granite, the seven arch bridge is awesomely majestic. Imagine having your wedding photos taken here, which you can. Contact Blacktown City Council on 9839 6000 for more information.
Compared to Sydney's Chinese Garden by the Blacktown Sun (April 22, 2013), the Chang Lai Yuan Chinese Garden was built by Landscape Solutions and was formally opened by Alan Pendleton, the Mayor Councillor and Mr Zhao Qingzhong, the Deputy Mayor of Liaocheng Municipal on Sunday 26 August, 2012.
The Gazebo waterfall makes for stunning photo opportunities
For those of you with children, wide footpaths and open grassed areas provide plenty of room for them to ride their bikes and scooters, play chase, or kick around a ball.
Trees throughout the park provide plenty of shade, and whether you opt to bring your picnic blanket or make use of the garden benches, you will leave feeling relaxed and restored.
As you approach the waterfall gazebo there is a drinking fountain to the right and an information panel to the left. Looking out over the waterfall, you can see the entire garden. The view is stunning.
So forget the traffic and the crowds, and make your way down to the Chang Lai Yuan Chinese Garden this weekend, or any day really. The park is open to the public seven days a week. Gates open from 8:00 am until 7:00 pm during Daylight Saving and from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm during ordinary time.