Inner City Oasis

Womerah Gardens, Darlinghurst
City of Sydney Council

Originally constructed after demolition of several terrace houses for the construction of the Kings Cross Tunnel in the late 1960's, Womerah Gardens popularity with the surrounding community, particularly local dog owners, sky-rocketed offering a peaceful garden oasis amongst a dense urban setting.  Furthermore, it offered a direct pedestrian route between South Darlinghurst, Kings Cross and Kings Cross Station. 

Characterised by a formal circular lawn area sunken into a unique bowl-like shape, with large planting areas providing a buffer to the Kings Cross Tunnel, Womerah Gardens has become a well-used local green space!

Identified for a substantial upgrade due to the Park’s dilapidated condition, lack of paved areas, seating, access paths, and narrow poor sight lines, this upgrade remedied these issues, further including wall rectification works (affected by adjacent tree roots), improved access and circulation through and within the Park.

Extensive works were proudly undertaken incorporating newly paved paths using recycled bricks, stairways, handrails, brick and sandstone retaining walls, park furniture, a drinking fountain and bins with bin bags for dog walkers.  Installation of new lighting, together with native plants, turfed lawn area, and the improvement of access, has been embraced by the local community.

Our Project Manager, Dougald Gillies, attended the official opening with Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, graciously accepting the City of Sydney’s invitation to do so.