A quick ferry ride to Milsons Point and a stroll along the broad walk to Lavender Bay brings you to Wendy’s Secret Garden. The story behind this public but community maintained garden can be read here. It was created by Wendy Whiteley in reaction to Brett Whiteley’s sudden death.
The walk goes round Luna Park and is also the site of Comic Walk, lots of little sculptures of popular fictional characters. Of course May Gibbs Banksia Man was among a variety of banksia plants.
The first thing you see when your climb the stairs up to the garden is a huge Morton Bay Fig.
The whole site is threaded with narrow paths and steep stairways.
Hidden statuary and found objects.
Very welcoming but also very personal. The cupid fountain is from Margaret Olley’s garden.
Thatching of the arbour is the living bamboo.
I was surprised to see so many Angel Trumpet trees in a public space. So beautiful, but highly poisonous.
The garden stretches below the Whiteley house in what was infill land created when the railway was built. Now there are moves to create the Sydney Harbour Highline along this little used line.
After a lovely time exploring this garden I climbed up to Blues Point Road and then down to McMahons Point for the ferry back to Circular Quay. From this side you can see where the garden lies, right in the middle.
Then off on another ferry to Manly for the afternoon and back after sunset to see Vivid from the water. If you are going to be in Sydney, then a day on the harbour is a must.