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6 Hidden Gems In Sydney To Celebrate International Friendship Day 2024

Published: Tuesday 18 July 2023

6 Hidden Gems In Sydney To Celebrate International Friendship Day 2024

International Friendship Day 2024 is an annual event, which falls on the 30th of July. As the name suggests, it’s an occasion that serves as a reminder of the value of friendship. The event was first proposed in 1958, but has since grown to take on greater meaning. 

Friendship Day is now also an occasion that encourages us to close the divide between people, culture, and communities on a global scale. Furthermore, it’s a great excuse to get up to your old antics with your nearest and dearest. So if you’re looking for some fun ways to celebrate World Friendship Day 2024, we’ve got you covered. Here are 6 incredible Sydney places to explore with fun Friendship Day ideas:


1. Barangaroo Reserve

This urban park is located on the western edge of Sydney’s CBD. With its lush green spaces, walking trails, and waterfront views, it offers a serene escape from the metropolitan noise of the city. From bottomless brunch to all-day breakfast, there are many Sydney cafes and restaurants on offer in and around Barangaroo. Enjoying brunch with your pals is one of the best things to do in Sydney, and one of life’s simplest pleasures.

Want to bring out smiles? Why not bring a bouquet of flowers to your brunch date? Flowers make for incredible Friendship Day gifts as they are an aesthetically pleasing gesture, and offer heartfelt hidden meanings. In many cultures, there are flowers that symbolise friendship and love. Some of these include yellow roses, sunflowers, tulips, peonies, carnations, and orchids just to name a few. Ordering floral arrangements featuring any of these flowers make for especially thoughtful Friendship Day gift ideas. Furthermore, Barangaroo Reserve is around a 10 minute walk from our Barangaroo Store! For the weekend of International Friendship Day, we are open on Saturday for you to purchase some gorgeous florals. For convenience, you may also order our Friendship Day flowers online with our same day flower delivery Sydney service, available 7 days a week. Browse our Best Sellers to discover the perfect Friendship Day flowers to spoil your gal pals with. 


Image sourced from Landscape Performance Series


2. Chinese Garden of Friendship

Located in Darling Harbour, the Chinese Garden of Friendship is a hidden oasis inspired by traditional Chinese gardens. Its gorgeous landscapes feature tranquil water installations, and a number of serene pavilions for you and your friends to relax and enjoy the ambiance. The garden also represents a symbol of friendship between the cities of Sydney & Guangzhou, hence the name. This makes this a particularly topical place to spend International Friendship Day 2024. Need a place to unwind and enjoy brunch? Inside the famous garden is The Gardens by Lotus, a beautiful Chinese restaurant offering contemporary Chinese cuisine and weekend Yum Cha. 


Image sourced from Darling Harbour (Place Management NSW)


3. The Rocks Discovery Museum

Tucked away in The Rocks district is this free museum, which showcases the rich history of Sydney’s oldest neighbourhood. The establishment of The Rocks Discovery Museum offers the chance for you and your friends to discover more about the area’s Indigenous heritage, convicts, and early settlers. The museum features engaging and interactive displays, and fascinating artefacts. They also offer free guided tours which run daily - with two sessions running at 1pm-1:30pm & 1:30pm-2pm.


Image sourced from The Rocks Discovery Museum


4. Sydney Observatory

The Sydney Observatory is another hidden gem located in The Rocks. It offers intriguing astronomical experiences, which includes stargazing opportunities, telescope viewings, and informative exhibitions. Exploring the night sky and learning about the wonders of the universe is the perfect way to cap off International Friendship Day 2024. With its close proximity to the Rocks Discovery Museum, you can easily hit both these spots on the same day.


Image sourced from Concrete Playground


5. Milk Beach

Hidden in the recesses of Vaucluse lies this secluded, yet picturesque beach that offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Sydney Opera House and harbour. It’s the perfect spot for a beautiful day by the water. Milk Beach is an amazing spot to go for a swim but being it’s the middle of winter, you may want to consider other options. To celebrate International Friendship Day 2024, pack a picnic basket filled with your friends’ favourite foods and ingredients for a cheese board whilst you relax in nature. If a stunning indoor setting is your preference for dinning, consider The Botanica Vaucluse, where you can immerse yourself in a breathtaking ambiance, and savour the ultimate culinary delight.


Image sourced from The City Of Sydney


6. Marrickville Markets

As mentioned earlier, the International Friendship Day date is the 30th of July, which falls on a Sunday this year. The Marrickville Markets is open every Sunday from 9am - 3pm, and is run by the community. Its diverse range of stalls feature a variety of exciting goods. You can expect to find fresh produce, organic foods, gourmet treats, handmade jewellery, second-hand clothes, and much more. The market often also features live performances and music, adding to the joyful communal atmosphere. 


Image sourced from TimeOut


The team at Flowers For Everyone wishes you a happy International Friendship Day 2024!


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