In September last year, we found Wendy's Secret Garden amongst the trees and overlooking the beautiful Lavender Bay, Luna Park, the Harbour Bridge, the beauty goes on!
The history behind Wendy's Secret Garden goes back to when Wendy and her renowned artist husband, the late Brett Whiteley, set up their family home in Lavender Bay in 1970 and lived there together for two decades. Wendy's house overlooks the big fig tree and garden.
Following Brett's death in 1992, Wendy needed to regain some control in her life and found herself cleaning up piles of overgrown rubbish on the large land filled valley of unused railway land at the foot of her house day after the next. As Wendy cleared the site, she began creating a garden like a giant painting. Rather than being horticulturally inspired, Wendy’s gardening was driven by aesthetics, colour, form, beauty and whimsy and successful transformed this large unused land into a beautiful and tranquil place for people to visit.
After a Google find, we walked down Lavender Street, walked past Clark Park and found some steps amongst flowers and trees and made our way down. It's a cute trail for kids however be mindful some spots have steps and other spots are steep.
Once we made our way down to the Garden's lower ground, we wandered about looking at the treasures and the beautiful flowers.
Our favourite tree in Wendy's Secret Garden was the large fig tree, such a stunning tree! I can imagine that Wendy took inspiration for the garden from this beautiful tree.
The view under the large fig tree is so stunning, we saw couples and friends sitting in different spots around the lower ground of the garden and under the beautiful fig tree.
We then walked down the many steps to Lavender Day and did some more exploring and loved walking around the jetty looking for little sculptures and overlooking the stunning view.
We then did a bit more exercise and walked back up all the stairs (no gym session was needed after this trip ha !)
We finished our adventure walking past Wendy's beautiful secret garden and her beautiful house (cream colour house as can be seen on this photo).