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Wendy Whiteley's Secret Garden

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Wendy Whiteley's Secret Garden

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Near Luna Park via Clark Park, Lavender St, North Sydney, New South Wales 2060 N.S.W. Australia
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chrissie262015 wrote a review Nov 17
Sydney, Australia10 contributions
Visited this garden first time after hearing about it from friends. A quiet, leafy and shady area, and we loved the little nooks with tables for picnics or sitting and relaxing, a credit to Wendy for creating this space in memory of her late husband.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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theweeflea wrote a review Oct 2020
Artarmon, Australia340 contributions80 helpful votes
I love everything about this garden - location, design and ambience. So much to enjoy - and its free!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Michelle Roberts wrote a review Oct 2020
12 contributions14 helpful votes
Finally visited these beautiful gardens and can say it was worth the wait. Beautiful views over the harbour bridge and just a quiet, relaxing atmosphere to sit and enjoy the gardens and the view. Lots of areas to have a picnic and plenty of shady areas as well. Well worth a visit and great to see Wendy Whiteleys home and witness all her hard work to make these beautiful gardens for the public to enjoy
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Incidentally Sydney wrote a review Jul 2020
Greater Sydney, Australia19 contributions4 helpful votes
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Wendy's Secret Garden is a great place to just wander and the perfect spot for a picnic; close to the city centre, but far from its madding crowds. If you’re visiting the garden with children I can think of no better place for a championship round of hide and seek. And there are tables and chairs aplenty for a family picnic. You can enter the park via the steps on Walker St, though Clark Park, or by climbing the stairs opposite the Lavender Bay jetty. The huge Moreton Bay Fig (which featured in many of Brett Whiteley’s paintings), acts as a grand gateway to the garden which spills out at its feet. Many have noted and I agree, that the garden seems to hug you as you enter it, descending the stairs down from the fig. And if you come in the quiet early morning, before the crowds, you can feel like you have it all to yourself and get lost in its magic. Wendy Whitely has created a wonderful treasure in this garden; a living, thriving work of art. And though she’s in her mid seventies now she can often still be seen here, scarfed and muddy handed, pottering around among the plants.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Catherine C wrote a review Jul 2020
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What a beautiful treasure so close to the city. Packed with little pathways, so many plants and hidden spots to enjoy the solitude. Come alone, come with friends and take some time to explore and relax.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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