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“A haven, lovely plant colour coordination, stunning views”

Wendy Whiteley's Secret Garden
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed January 11, 2014

This is a delightful spot, you can meander at leisure, steep but easily manageable. Hidden areas, lovely little "private" spots to sit and read, picnic, whatever.

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Reviewed December 26, 2013

A delightful garden with the most fantastic view. It was easy to find contrary to what I read on the Internet. We drove to Milton's point and got an hour parking spot just up the street, which gave us enough to stop & have our brunch picnic and then wander down to Luna Park along a pathway ,that was lined with little statues from Australian children's stories, such as the Magic Pudding, May Gibbs, Cuddle Pie gum nut babies and other various characters from her story book. I would surely , take a ferry from Circular Quay next time to McMahon's Point, have a coffee at the cafe under the bridge, perhaps a quick look in Cooney Island at Luna Park, a snooze in Wendy's Garden , or take out the sketch pad and then a spot of lunch at the Indian restaurant at the top of the garden path. Delightful!

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Reviewed November 28, 2013

On a recent trip to Sydney a friend suggested we visit Wendy's Secret Garden. We took the train to Milson's Point, then had lunch at the Kirribilli Club overlooking the harbour. Wendy's garden is directly across the road from the Club and, in spite of horrendous weather the previous day, her team of helpers had re-surfaced the paths with fresh wood chips. This privately maintained garden is a delight, and freely open to the public. A few years ago Wendy decided to rehabiilitate an old railway dumping ground, right on the edge of Sydney Harbour at Lavender Bay, and adjacent to her own lovely home and garden. Steep paths have been carved into the rocks face, zigzagging down to the boardwalk below. After the rain everything was sparkling, fresh and clean, with lush subtropical plants, tree ferns and coloured foliage. Scattered through the garden are seats and some very original sculptures. From here it is only a short walk along the harbour to the Luna Park ferry stop.

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