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Wendy Whiteley's Secret Garden

Near Luna Park | via Clark Park, Lavender St, North Sydney, New South Wales 2060, Australia
+61 2 9936 8100
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Accidentally discovered marvel

We were out for a walk looking for a way down to the shore. We came across this garden... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Bill R
Coffs Harbour, Australia
via mobile
Such a lovely secret

We really enjoyed this garden and didn't even know it was there. It was the start of a lovely... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Sydney, Australia
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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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“luna park” (41 reviews)
“lavender bay” (40 reviews)
“winding paths” (6 reviews)
Near Luna Park | via Clark Park, Lavender St, North Sydney, New South Wales 2060, Australia
+61 2 9936 8100
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We were out for a walk looking for a way down to the shore. We came across this garden unexpectantly. If you are in the area, then seek it out - you will not be disappointed.

Thank Bill R
Reviewed 6 days ago

We really enjoyed this garden and didn't even know it was there. It was the start of a lovely walk around Lavender Bay and the harbour.

Thank donatomovska
Reviewed 1 week ago

Easily accessible ,easy parking. Delightful walk through another park and under the old railway line to a small park on the edge of the waterways, looking at the bridge and opera house. Then you wander into the secret garden. Many places to sit, eat(bring your...More

1  Thank Catherine L
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our first visit after hearing many people talk about the gardens. It was a little tricky to find it by driving as the gps machine took us to the wrong location (nearby but no signs to find it). We drove around a little...More

Thank Wayne C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very touching story behind the beauty of this garden, which presents that best capture of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Make this a bucket list visit for a romantic photo that is equivalent to a visit to the Taj Mahal. Kudos to the many volunteers...More

Thank E H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This garden was created from sorrow on a desolate piece of railway land. It’s beauty has evolved from the sorrow and is now a tranquil exquisite garden. It is an oasis in a busy city, on the edge of Sydney Harbour. We should all be...More

Thank hobbsie8
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely way to spend a couple of hours, watching the boats on the harbour amongst an amazing array of banksias, honeysuckle and ferns. Majestic canopies enable everyone to give their legs a workout exploring the gardens and stairs. Lovingly maintained reminders of a much loved...More

Thank Sunny S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This magical garden lies hidden in North Sydney, just waiting to be discovered. It's a restful paradise in the busyness of the city.

Thank Henwood1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Look... I know we all love gardens and parks, and so do I! I love flowers and nature and would spend much time admiring greenery. But I do feel this place's reviews have been overrated. I concur it is a lovely place, but after coming...More

1  Thank Emmanuel N
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

If you happened to feel overwhelmed by the joy and laughter of Luna Park and need a breather I suggest taking a small break just a few paces down the coastal path to the Secret Garden. It is amazing how this oasis of calm and...More

1  Thank Amy S
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12 August 2017|
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Response from GardenMan53 | Reviewed this property |
What’s the question ?
Karen A
14 April 2017|
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Response from Taffryn | Reviewed this property |
Hi Karen - I don't know what the council regulations are but I did see several people with dogs on leads walking through, and past, the garden. Hope that helps, Kathy
20 March 2017|
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Response from Katie_em | Property representative |
There are plenty of cafes, restaurants and pubs within close walking distance in Milsons Point, McMahons Point and Kirribilli. If you visit the Wendys Secret Garden website you can find links to local eateries.