Secret gardens don’t get better – or more stunning – than that of Wendy Whiteley, artist, muse and wife of the late Australian artist Brett Whiteley.
A short walk from North Sydney station, take Walker Street and head towards Lavender Street, follow the stairs down past the Harbourside Indian restaurant and, there, located on the tip of Clark Park, overlooking the Lavender Bay ferry stop and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, is Wendy’s Secret Garden.
Once a dumping group for railway waste, overgrown with weeds and rubbish, Wendy, following the loss of her daughter and husband, made it her personal project to transform it into the lush, green haven it is today. A myriad of flowers, plants and trees populate this colourful garden, which is dotted with artworks by Brett, along with tables and chairs that encourage visitors to sit down, ponder and fully take in the beauty of their surroundings.
This is a garden born from sorrow, and created by love.
The hack? This beautiful garden that is free and open to the public.
Wendy’s Secret Garden, Walker and Lavender Streets, on the tip of Clark Park, Lavender Bay.