Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden

Hugging the harbour, at Sydney’s Lavender Bay, is one of Sydney’s most unique, and picturesque gardens. Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden may not be a secret anymore, but it is a stunning and lush oasis, open to the public to explore. Born of grief, following the death of her former husband and one of Australia’s greatest artists Brett Whiteley, the garden is evidence of Wendy’s hard work and determination to turn the abandoned space, in front of her residence, into what it is today. The land, formerly part of the Lavender Bay rail line, was left to rack and ruin, before Wendy took her hand to it. Today, the garden is a tropical delight, featuring a spectacular Moreton Bay and Port Jackson fig, bamboo, Bangalow Palms and countless other plant varieties. Visitors are welcome to explore and enjoy this treasured space.

You could BYO picnic to Wendy’s garden, but just down the road is a cafe where the food is so tasty, you’ll be relishing it by the spoonful! The North Spoon, situated in McMahons Point, is a leafy and much-loved local cafe. With a focus on quality ingredients, and contemporary Australian cuisine, The North Spoon is a perfect spot for coffee and cake, or for breakfast, brunch or lunch.

Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden, Lavender Bay


The North Spoon, McMahons Point
(02) 8964 8001