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Just the Other Side of Sydney Harbour Bridge


For something completely different – A Tranquil place to visit

Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden in Lavender Street, Lavender Bay

There a few ways you can get to the garden,  the ferry from Circular Quay to Luna Park, wander along the Harbour Foreshore and take the path up to the Garden or walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge and take in the breathtaking views or catch a train to Milsons Point Railway Station and ask any local for directions upon disembarkation.

Why go there?

This is one of my favourite places in Sydney. For families, lovers, children and visitors, local and overseas. Everybody is welcome in this intriguing and gorgeous garden. I have enjoyed strolling through the garden with my husband and with my grandchildren, who just love it.

The garden is like a giant painting, filled with towering trees, native and exotic shrubs and herbs. A place of nooks and crannies, beauty and whimsy, strewn with artefacts.

Wendy Whitely established the garden after her husband, the renowned artist Brett Whitely’s death in 1992. Wendy found herself obsessively attacking the piles of overgrown rubbish in the valley of unused railway land at the foot of her house at Lavender Bay. Wendy never asked any authorities for permission, and no one told her to stop, so she kept going. Today, the garden is Wendy’s gift to share with everyone.

If you have never been to the garden, I highly recommend a short stroll or spend the day. Why not take a picnic? There is something to be found around every corner in this fabulous garden overlooking Sydney Harbour.

For more information visit the website – Wendys Secret Garden

Contributor – Wandering Denise