The Bible Garden is nestled within the sandstone escarpment at the southern end of Palm Beach and is the only place where the northerly, open, panoramic and iconic view of the full crescent of Palm Beach, Barrenjoey Headland, Pittwater Estuary, Broken Bay, the national parks and the Central Coast can be enjoyed by the public.
The Bible Garden consists of a series of sandstone walls, lawn terraces and landscaped with plants that are referenced in the Bible. The plants are labelled.
The Bible Garden was inspired by a bible garden in the grounds of Bangor Cathedral in North Wales. In 1963 the then owner of the Palm Beach site, Gerald Hercules Robinson commenced working on a bible garden designed and laid out in a similar way. Mr Robinson declared “the garden and the view behind it [to] provide a perfect example of the glory of God’s creation.”
Mr Robinson wished to secure the perpetuity of the Bible Garden and in 1972 he transferred the property into a charitable trust, the Bible Garden Memorial Trust. In 2006 the Trust finalised a Heads of Agreement with Council and the Friends continue their involvement in the management of the garden today.
The Bible Garden is free to visit and enjoy. There is a donation box. Please be mindful that the garden is relatively small (560.8 square metres) and its use is suited to relatively quiet activities.
The Bible Garden can be booked for weddings and other low impact events under set conditions. If you wish book an event, the Friends will come along beforehand to ensure the Garden is at its best for you. In return, they ask that you leave it in the same condition as you find it.
Another way to enjoy the Bible Garden is to join the Friends group. This is a good way to make new friends through volunteer gardening and to enjoy attending their picnics and meetings. A link to the Friends webpage is provided under Contact Information below including how to join the group.
Bible Garden – Palm Beach Plan of Management
The Garden may be booked for suitable small, simple weddings and similar events up to a maximum of 40 people. Bookings essential.
Very limited street parking. As Mitchell Road is a narrow, short cul-de-sac in a quiet residential area, consideration needs to be given to the residents particularly in relation to traffic, parking and noise.