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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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Somewhat Overrated Reviews

Look... I know we all love gardens and parks, and so do I! I love flowers and nature and would... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
eteo232
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Sydney, Australia
A little oasis around the corner from the zany Luna Park

If you happened to feel overwhelmed by the joy and laughter of Luna Park and need a breather I... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Amy S
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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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, Australia
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Reviewed 3 days 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 eteo232
Reviewed 1 week 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
Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited the garden on a sunny Sunday morning of my whistle stop tour of Sydney. Such a beautiful spot, truly an oasis in the busy city. Lots of little quirky things around each turn, as is the Whitely Way :) As other reviewers have...More

Thank Sharon E
Katie_em, Volunteer at Wendy Whiteley's Secret Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Love that you got to stop in at the Garden Sharon on your whistle stop tour of Sydney! We think a picnic is also a great was to spend time in the Garden as well as exploring. There's certainly picnic tables and spots aplenty. We'd...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited yesterday (Sunday afternoon) and because garden covers a substantial area it didn't feel crowded. Site is quite steep, but well set out, with plenty of seating at base, and lovely lawn area at top of garden. Walking shoes & water suggested. Views of...More

Thank Anne D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the garden recently and were amazed by how beautiful they are, the work that has gone into them - the pathways, the plantings, the weeding, the views! Wendy and the team really are amazing people.. What a gift to Sydney these gardens are.....More

Thank Kelly1408
Katie_em, Volunteer at Wendy Whiteley's Secret Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks Kelly for visiting and glad you loved our beautiful garden as much as we do. If you want to keep up to date with the changes at the Garden you may wish to follow us on Facebook. We hope you get to visit the...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great to have such a lovely garden by Wendy for all people to enjoy. it is amazing the work that has been put into making this such a wonderful place.

Thank Sharon G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely garden, hidden tables and seating ready for your picnic. Tucked between gorgeous Lavender Bay and the rail line. Towards one end a park with play equipment for kids, not part of WW garden. Quite a few stairs so not sure about access for anyone...More

Thank ObreeandCo
Katie_em, Volunteer at Wendy Whiteley's Secret Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for visiting Obreeandco! So glad you had a pleasant few hours and got to explore the neighbourhood. The newly refurbished Watts Park with the kids play equipment is a great Park to have close to Wendy's Secret Garden. We hope you'll get back to...More

Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

It is fairytale land. I wish I could live in this park, but not as homeless person. If I lived here I would help with the weeding.More

1  Thank Kordie
Katie_em, Volunteer at Wendy Whiteley's Secret Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2017

Thanks Kordie for the review! We love that you loved your visit. If you do ever feel like helping with the weeding our volunteer gardeners get together the first Saturday of every month to give Wendy's wonderful Gardeners a hand. More info including our registration...More

Reviewed 10 August 2017

Lush green,leaves and trees nurtured and strong with views the best in Sydney, I knew I was going to love visiting Wendy Whiteltys garden. Set on the edge of Sydney Harbour, there was plenty to look at when arriving by ferry. I already loved Brett's...More

1  Thank LHM_10
Katie_em, Volunteer at Wendy Whiteley's Secret Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you LHM_10 for this beautiful review. We're so glad your visit lived up to your expectations! If you haven't already followed us on Facebook like us today as we'd love to keep you updated on what's happening at the Garden. We hope you'll be...More

Reviewed 9 August 2017

This garden, designed by Wendy Whiteley, is a credit to her, with magnificent views over Lavender Bay. Some tips though, wear comfortable shoes, some steep rises. Advantages were a tranquil place with lots of sitting rooms along the way, a perfect place for morning tea...More

Thank hegartys01
Katie_em, Volunteer at Wendy Whiteley's Secret Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 12 August 2017

Thanks for sharing your tips hegartys01 and we're glad you enjoyed your time in the Garden.

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Katie_em
12 August 2017|
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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
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sallyherath
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.
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