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Wendy Whiteley's Secret Garden

Near Luna Park | via Clark Park, Lavender St, North Sydney, New South Wales 2060 N.S.W., Australia
+61 2 9936 8100
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This garden is one of the best kept secrets in Sydney. It was worth a visit and was very tranquil... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Ruth B
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Melbourne, Australia
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a short walk took us to a to this not so Secret Garden

Although supposedly a Secret, we were easily able to find these gardens which were attractive... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
UniquePerth
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Canberra
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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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Near Luna Park | via Clark Park, Lavender St, North Sydney, New South Wales 2060 N.S.W., Australia
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+61 2 9936 8100
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This garden is one of the best kept secrets in Sydney. It was worth a visit and was very tranquil. You could walk there from Milsons Point or the North Sydney train station. We could not believe we had not been there previously. You can...More

Thank Ruth B
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Although supposedly a Secret, we were easily able to find these gardens which were attractive. Unfortunately it was very cool the time that we visited - this would have been really nice to view in warmer weather.

Thank UniquePerth
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Reviewed 3 days ago

this is a lovely place to explore and absorb a leafy quiet corner of Sydney. Take some time - or even a picnic - but leave the pram at home!

Thank Louise C
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Reviewed 4 days ago

What a lovely and special place away from the hustle and bustle. It is done beautifully and all you want is a book and the hours will fly by. Have a short stroll down to the harbour then make your way back up the hill....More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

This secluded shaded garden spot up on the hill by the water at Lavender Bay is a wonderful testimony to the decades of work by the wife of Australian artist Brett Whitely, whose artistic planting vision is as colourful as the art her husband is...More

Thank Jennifer C
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What an exceptional garden. Even when it is not in full bloom, it provides a litle space of tranquility where one is simply drawn into spending time to relax and enjoy the incredible views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and its surrounds.

Thank FyingKiwi
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to Wendy Secret Garden before going to dinner at Circular Quay. After taking a short train ride to North Sydney, we began walking down hill toward the bay. At the entrance of the garden there is a small Indian restaurant with the best...More

Thank blue_ring001
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a beautiful little secret garden we actually found by accident. Now I have read the story behind the garden I am even more impressed. Wendy has created a beautiful legacy for young and old to enjoy for many years to come . I would...More

Thank Michelle C
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A beautiful, peaceful garden tucked away beside an old railway line. We'd heard about the garden and decided to seek it out on a lovely winter's day. We marvelled at the amount of work that had gone into creating this magical garden from a disused...More

Thank ozitripper
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

At the end of Walker Street, Lavender Bay, Wendy Whiteley's personal legacy is a serene and beautiful place for all to enjoy. A touch of rainforest right on the harbour, gnarly tall trees, hidden nooks, cool shaded ferns bordering the pathways was a labour of...More

Thank Wendy L
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Response from rogeria l | Reviewed this property |
sorry for this late response. Anytime is a good time to visit this special natural area within a large city. A fine day makes it more enjoyable of course.
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January 7, 2018|
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Response from raura | Reviewed this property |
I would catch the train. A long walk from St Leonards.
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October 25, 2017|
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