Wendy Whiteley's Secret Garden

Wendy Whiteley's Secret Garden

Wendy Whiteley's Secret Garden
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Everyone needs a secret garden in their life and you’re invited to visit Wendy's, a public garden and much loved oasis in the heart of Sydney. Located a short walk over the Sydney Harbour Bridge, or stroll from Milsons Point and North Sydney train stations, the Secret Garden is a haven where you can explore meandering pathways discovering sculptures; enjoy a picnic basket or read a book at one of the tables beneath the garden’s canopy; or simply enjoy the nature and serenity of your beautiful surrounds. You may even stumble across a fairy. Created over 20 years by artist Wendy Whiteley, wife and muse of Australian artist Brett Whiteley, the Secret Garden is nestled behind Luna Park in one of Sydney's most spectacular suburbs, Lavender Bay. While its free and open seven days a week, there are steep inclines and a range of steps. Visitors with limited mobility may only be able to access the uppermost sections of the garden but we're sure you'll enjoy your visit.
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  • North Sydney • 3 min walk
  • Milsons Point • 9 min walk
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  • Gaigin
    135 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Gem near the City
    My wife had always gone on about this garden. I knew where it was but had never visited until today. What an absolute gem within viewing distance of Luna Park, the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. Fantastic gem, especially for a horticulturist like me. Got a few ideas for my garden.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 12, 2023
  • Kevin H
    Newcastle, Australia31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The (Not So) Secret Gardens
    The (not so) secret garden was a pleasant surprise. We went to Sydney with friends who showed us around the garden. We travelled from Circular Quay to Milsons Point (Luna Park) and walked around to Lavender Bay. It was a enjoyable walk with lots to see. Once we were at the gardens, the steps were not difficult to climb if you take your time and stop and gaze over the beautiful harbour or at the gardens themselves.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 12, 2023
  • WW_Traveller023
    Kirrawee, Australia1,798 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A secret to us no longer - fantastic verdant area
    Totally unexpected oasis. The Secret Garden is apparently an open secret to many people, but it was not known us us previously. The place is fantastic, serene paths meander around a sunken garden flanked by Sydney Harbour on one side and sandstaone cliffs on the other. A cool and quiet place to just relax and enjoy the lush green place. It is quite a hike down into it (and back Up) from the city above
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 2, 2023
  • kathyj1949
    Adelaide, Australia332 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Still special
    This is my second visit to the garden. I had some spare time while in Sydney so I decided to revisit the garden. It is still as beautiful as I remembered. It was a hot day and the garden offered a beautiful shady retreat from the hot city. There are a number of places to just sit and admire your surroundings. It was lovely to see so many families with young children wandering around the garden. I walked upto Wendy's house and sat on one of the seats to enjoy the view of the Sydney Harbour bridge. I then walked along the path near the water that takes you past Luna Park and back to the bridge. I would recommend a visit to the garden when you are in Sydney. Easy to get to by either catching the ferry to Luna Park or walking across the bridge. If you have trouble with stairs you can use the lifts each end of the bridge.
    Visited September 2022
    Traveled solo
    Written August 7, 2023
  • Atlasmoth
    Ipswich, United Kingdom50 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    We went on the ferry from Circular Quay to Milton Point (took 5 minutes) and walked to the left of Luna Park around the bay. when we reached the tunnel under the railway bridge we ascended some steps up into the garden. We were very surprised to encounter Wendy Whiteley herself watering the garden. We had a lovely chat with her about the garden and then explored the whole of this remarkable place. It is beautiful with lots of lovely shady areas to sit and enjoy the peace and quiet. Thank you so much Wendy for allowing us to share your fantastic Secret Garden.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 29, 2023
  • AnuH
    Kochi (Cochin), India313 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Do not miss!!
    We were staying very close to this place. How can do much quiet and greenery exist just seconds away from traffic & mayhem? Amazing place. Walk down and reach Peter Kingston walkway. My husband and I walked till Kirribilli Mary Booth Lookout. What a view of the Harbour bridge & Opera house!!
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 19, 2023
  • Rochelle F
    Randolph, New Jersey1,107 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely spot if you are in the area
    We were at Milson’s Point at the market, so decided to wander over to the gardens. They are not marked so you need to follow the steps down all the way to the bottom. I would NOT make a special trip for this garden-it is a lovely local spot but not worth a separate trip
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 13, 2024
  • heathway53
    Surrey, United Kingdom183 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go find this secret garden
    We went hunting for this secret garden whilst the kids were at Luna Park. And we’re glad we found it. It’s a quiet spot away from the noise and we’ll set out in the hill. The planting was well laid out and this gardener was vey happy to have spent some time there.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 23, 2024
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jennydowell
Lismore, Australia290 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Solo
A wonderful spot for quiet contemplation or active exploration with glimpses of the busy harbour. Free access and open every day. If you love gardens, this is a place to go. Construction of the north Sydney baths and the closure of Luna park meant that access was a little different but the extra walk was well worth it.
Written July 4, 2022
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Oldjack
Greater Melbourne, Australia28,773 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Located a short walk from ,and behind Lunar Park is a private park and garden that is a small patch of rain forest in the suburbs. The Whiteley's lived on the hill above the railway lands, having purchased the property in 1974 and on Brett's death in 1992, Wendy started work on reclaiming the railway lands below and turning it into an elaborate garden with paths and small secluded areas, with sculpture and seats. Well worth a visit and accessible by ferry to Milsons Point or train.
Written December 22, 2022
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Helen M
Sippy Downs, Australia17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
A beautiful peaceful garden to visit with amazing views of the harbour. Not suitable for anyone with walking limitations or for strollers, walking frames, walking sticks etc.
Take a thermos and morning tea for the perfect outing.
Written March 8, 2023
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M4verick14
Sydney, Australia37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Couples
This was the perfect way to start a romantic Sunday.

We arrived around 9am or a little before and the garden was virtually empty. Queue many photo opportunities and discussions about future visits to enjoy picnics and the possibility of hosting a wedding in the garden (we aren’t engaged as yet but maybe it’s just the magic of the garden...). Every little nook and cranny of the garden is just beautiful. And what better way to start the day than gorgeous harbour views as the sun rises.

I’ve also been told I need to buy us a house in Lavender Bay to go with that preemptive wedding so I imagine if I’m that fortunate I’ll be here on the daily
Written March 7, 2021
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Simon E
Richmond-upon-Thames, UK88 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Friends
Tucked away in North Sydney this lovely haven of peace and plants is a welcome refuge from surrounding concrete towers. On severe sloped ground be prepared for exercise but worth it. Views if harbour and bridge makes this a unique way to experience sydney. Probably what it would have been like before developers got their hands on everything. Interesting sculptures exist and great location for a picnic. Recommended.
Written February 11, 2020
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red shoes ballet
Adelaide, Australia7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
A beautifully relaxing garden created a long time ago by a local woman who transformed a derelick railway yard & on a slope. Enjoy the peace, beautiful trees & plants, views to the bridge & read the plaques about the creation history. Many little spots throughout to have a picnic. Tucked away & not that easy to find...
Written February 26, 2020
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Rochelle F
Randolph, NJ1,107 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We were at Milson’s Point at the market, so decided to wander over to the gardens. They are not marked so you need to follow the steps down all the way to the bottom.
I would NOT make a special trip for this garden-it is a lovely local spot but not worth a separate trip
Written January 14, 2024
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Darren S
Bright, Australia2,756 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Couples
A must visit a little hidden gem.
Catch the ferry over to Luna Park and it is a 5 to 10 minute walk to the garden's.
A few steep steps but we'll worth it.
Beautiful views back towards the Bridge and Opera House from Lavender Bay.
Always visit when I visit Sydney such a great place to spend a few hours soaking up the Gardens and View
Written January 1, 2021
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Kevin H
Newcastle, Australia31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
The (not so) secret garden was a pleasant surprise. We went to Sydney with friends who showed us around the garden. We travelled from Circular Quay to Milsons Point (Luna Park) and walked around to Lavender Bay. It was a enjoyable walk with lots to see. Once we were at the gardens, the steps were not difficult to climb if you take your time and stop and gaze over the beautiful harbour or at the gardens themselves.
Written June 12, 2023
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Polley
Ashfield, Australia350 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Couples
We ripped into Loulou for some coffee and croissants and walked down to this little sanctuary in the city. How amazing! It was raining so we took shelter under the canopy looking out over Lavender Bay. Bush Turkey babies everywhere and not scared of humans. A beautiful rainforest, wow
Written December 30, 2021
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