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Wendy's Secret Garden

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Published January 1st 2012
Nestled in behind Luna Park in the wonderful cul de sac of Lavender Bay, this is a truly unrivaled spot to picnic, relax or just lose oneself. Wendy Whitely, widow of famous Australian artist Brett Whitely, has created her own beautiful garden, which functions as a public park. It is romantic, private, and often very quiet. In this light, it is the perfect location for a picnic for two, for a family day in the sun or, most appropriately, for some bubbles as the sun sets over Sydney.

If you have not been, I can strongly recommend getting there over the summer holidays. There are many easy ways to get there, most notably the train to Milsons Point, the first stop on the North Shore over the Harbor Bridge. Alternatively, it is about a 10-15 minute walk over the bridge as well.

If you are looking for a romantic, date for your partner, then go no further. It is easy to get to, never over crowded like its main competitors in Centennial Park or the Botanical Gardens, and most importantly, it is completely free. Take a picnic rug, some nibbles and some drinks, and enjoy the perfect location to relax.

And if you are there in the day time during the week, there is a very good chance you might even bump into Wendy herself. Say hello, she is a charming person. You will no doubt want to thank her for one of Sydney's most beautiful spots, with original sculptures, a dazzling array of plants and a little patch away from the hustle and bustle.
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Why? A beautiful oasis on the North Shore
When: All year round
Where: Lavender Street, Lavender Bay
Cost: Free
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