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“Hidden Garden beautiful”

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 26 May 2018 via mobile

The visit had been on my bucket list and the effort to build a garden setting on waste land also highlighting old items -an old tricycle etc was significant. It is welcoming, old fashioned, unsophisticated and felt like Grandmas garden. The wonderful old houses around the garden - one equiped with a viewing tower, encapsulates what the Harbour once looked like. A moment in history preserved. Lovely, peaceful and a piece of tranquility. Wonderful!

1  Thank Nanette T
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Reviewed 7 May 2018

Find the time to escape to this little corner of paradise tucked away in Milson's Point/Lavender Bay. It's not far to walk from Milson's Pt station. I visited on a weekday and it was so quiet and calming. Highly recommended.

1  Thank MumTheOrganiser
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Reviewed 4 May 2018

I have seen this place on TV and stumbled on it on a walk. lots of little path ways leading to nice spots with chair where you can sit and get some piece in the grind of the city. good spot to take 20 minutes to relax and gather your thought, and look at the plants as well

Thank John J L
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Reviewed 2 May 2018

I read about Wendy and her commitment to this garden she has created for the community. It is beautiful with native plants, trees, and sculptures. There is such a feeling of peace as you sit there and enjoy the views. Definitely worth the climb.

Thank artistJoan
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Reviewed 30 April 2018

Being school holidays, I took my two grand daughters (aged 8 and 5) to visit Wendy’s Secret Garden. From North Sydney Station it’s not far at all and quite a pleasant walk. I told the girls the history behind the garden as it’s quite an inspiring and amazing story. There are no signs to point us towards the Garden and none to indicate we had actually reached the Garden, I guess hence it’s called ‘secret’! The Garden didn’t disappoint as there’s much to be admired and many places to stop and enjoy the plants and the view.

Thank Denise W
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