Secret Gardens of Paddington

There is a plant revolution happening in Sydney, hidden oases are popping up around the city, and Paddington is no exception! Take yourself out on a secret garden adventure this weekend!

Paddington Reservoir Gardens

Hiding just beneath the surface on bustling oxford street in Paddington, is a state heritage listed garden that is hailed to be a blend of ancient roman baths and the hanging gardens of Babylon. Once a water reservoir that serviced Sydney, it has been saved from ruin and preserved for generations to come. Pull up a chair in this award-winning park filled with native plants and you’ll soon forget you’re in the heart of Sydney.


The Bonython Cafe

If you’re hungry there is a secret garden café a short stroll away, that only the locals know about! The Bonython cafe could be easily missed when walking along the terrace lined streets of Paddington… but down an alley and behind some big Balinese doors you’ll find a plant lovers café paradise. Once home to the famous Bonython Gallery, showcasing artist like Sidney Nolan and Brett Whitely, and the family of Kym Bonython up until the 1970’s, is now a peaceful leafy retreat. Stop by for breakfast, lunch or their legendary house baked cake with a coffee.


The Plant Society

Wanting to become a green thumb? Look no further as friendly staff at The Plant Society will help curate the perfect plant for you and your space. Filled with unusual and rare plants and hand-crafted homewares… you won’t be coming home empty handed! And if you’re from out of town, or want a plant-cation, you can even stay upstairs! By day you share the bottom level with the staff who can pass on plant tips over a tea in the kitchen, by night the guesthouse is all yours.