Wendy's Secret Garden

There's no paint, only plants. No canvas, only soil. No pencils or brushes, only sunshine and greenery. But the ‘optical erotica' that inspired Brett Whiteley at the foot of his Lavender Bay home has been reborn. For years, this land was tangled, overgrown and strewn with rubbish, a dead-end dump for surplus trains and derelict humanity. But when Brett died in 1992, his widow Wendy channelled her grief into creating a place of enchantment: natives, exotics, herbs and towering fig trees run along winding gully paths while parrots, gulls, kookaburras, owls and wagtails chatter amidst the flowers and berries. Tucked away in the shadow of office towers, it is both public land and private paen to love, loss and renewal.

More Festivals, fairs and large events? Sign up to our newsletter.

First published on . Updated on .

By Time Out Sydney editors   |  

Wendy's Secret Garden details

Clark Park, Lavender Street

Lavender Bay 2060

Wendy's Secret Garden map

Restaurants near Wendy's Secret Garden

Il Locale Blu

400m - Frank and Gabriella Angilletta have taken the old Blues Point Cafe and have...

Billi's Cafe

410m - The locals at this harbourside stalwart dig the BLT for its crisp, sweet...

The Roots

437m - A new espresso house in North Sydney is bringing speciality brewing methods...

Bars & pubs near Wendy's Secret Garden

Greenwood Hotel

316m - The Greenwood is housed in a beautiful sandstone building in the heart of...

The Commodore Hotel

372m - Just over the Harbour Bridge, the Commodore Hotel has an impressive outside...


471m - Climb up the stairs on the corner of Miller Street and the Pacific Highway...

Other venues near Wendy's Secret Garden

Smith Auditorium, Shore School

466m - Created in 1994, the 500-seat Smith Auditorium belongs to the private Shore...

Mary MacKillop Place Museum

596m - Mary MacKillop (1842-1909) was the founder of the Sisters of St Joseph, an...

Ella Baché College Student Salon

661m - Mani? Pedi? Micro dermabrasion? If you’re looking for a low cost skincare...

Readers' comments, reviews, hints and pictures

Community guidelines

blog comments powered by Disqus

© 2007 - 2014 Time Out Group Ltd. All rights reserved. All material on this site is © Time Out.