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Walk to Wendy Whitely's Garden

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by Lynne Vertannes (subscribe)
There is always somewhere you can be and something to do.
Published March 10th 2019
A secret garden beyond the Harbour Bridge
Sydney has a vast selection of Harbour foreshore walks and if you have visitors from overseas or interstate, a stroll across the Harbour Bridge is a must do sightseeing activity. A lovely walk to do, that will encompass the Bridge, Luna Park and into Wendy Whitely's Garden in Lavender Bay, will have you start from the city side of the bridge. You begin at the Bridge Stairs entrance on Cumberland Street, The Rocks and take the stairs up to street level and exit towards the Harbour Bridge. From here you will enjoy the views across to The Opera House, Fort Denison, Circular Quay, and the city and it's about a 20-minute walk to the other side into Milsons Point and Kirribilli. There are some lovely cafe's here and you can take a break to enjoy a coffee and chat and look over the fantastic photo's you have taken.

After some refreshments, walk down Broughton Street, which is on the Kirribilli side where you can follow a path towards the water and Jeffrey Street Wharf. Follow the pathway traversing the water all the way towards Luna Park which is another great photo opportunity or if you're feeling the urge to ride the Wild Mouse or capture the city views from the Ferris Wheel, just walk through the famous smile and enjoy a few rides.

Pathway from Jeffrey St Wharf
Pathway from Jeffrey St Wharf

Whether you decide to stop in at Luna Park or not, the next place to be is in Wendy Whiteley's Secret Garden and to find this special place, continue walking along the pathway along the foreshore next to Luna Park that will lead to a lovely timber path leading into Lavender Bay where the garden is located, you may even come face to face with a bush turkey that has wondered down.

Timber walkway to Lavender Bay

This path will veer right and you walk under a brick arch below the railway line and a fairly lengthy set of stairs that lead up to the Garden which is on the right.

Garden view from Stairs

You can spend as much time as you like in the garden as there is a lot to see. It's a beautiful, tranquil place to be. There are a number of tables and chairs throughout the bottom part of the garden and a really lovely spot to sit, relax and enjoy something to eat or drink.

The garden oozes tropical plants, native trees, succulents, herbs, cottage garden shrubs, beautiful ground covers and seems to be home for some bush turkeys who are happy roaming around their patch.

There are lots of stairways to the different levels and each one has a tree branch as the handrail, which makes for such a unique rail as they are all in different shapes, they are like a natural piece of art.

Wendy Whiteley Garden
Beautiful Branch Hand Rails

Walking around this garden gives you a sense of beauty and wonder. It's quiet and there is something of interest in every corner.

Art in the Garden

You can enjoy the same walk back into the city where you can visit the Rocks Markets on your return. Open Saturday and Sunday 10.00am-5.00pm. Or catch a train from Milsons Point Station to Circular Quay.
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Why? Walk the Harbour Bridge to a Secret Garden
When: Any Day
Where: Start from Cumberland Street, The Rocks
Cost: Free
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