Mrs. York's Garden

Standing Together for a Better View


There is a new sight to behold, or rather, there is a new place from which to admire the beautiful sights of Port Macquarie.



Mrs. York's Garden is a well-loved place in Port Macquarie. Locals and visitors know it affectionately as a little garden where you can stroll into, sit on a bench and just soak in the greenery amidst the gurgling sounds of a little man-made waterfall. A gem of a natural haven so near the centre of town.


President Di Davison said "We always knew that we had to do something very special here and we certainly have. I am sure the NSW Government will be very proud that they have funded this viewing platform with its combination of stunning local timbers, amazing craftsmanship and with that view of the river, ocean and the Garden”.

A New View


A new viewing platform has been built recently that overlooks the picturesque grounds of Mrs. York's Garden. Where before you could experience the garden from the inside, now, visitors can have a completely different view of the garden, right from the very top. This viewing platform on the headland at the top of Clarence Street overlooks the garden. For one of the best views of the town, head up to this new area.


Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the viewing platform at Mrs York's Garden would allow visitors to better take in the view of the garden, and the magnificent surrounding landscape.

"The NSW Government is investing record amounts to deliver the big picture infrastructure needed to stimulate economies and boost drought resilience, but we're also backing community projects that make a big positive difference to everyday life,", Mr Barilaro said.
"The viewing platform at Mrs York's Garden is exactly the kind of project the Stronger Country Communities Fund was designed to deliver and the great news is the NSW Government will be delivering more community infrastructure with a fourth round this year.”

The Governor of NSW Her Excellency The Honourable Margaret Beasley QC AC officiating

the opening of the viewing platform at Mrs. York's Garden with Leslie Williams MP


The official opening of the new viewing platform was led by NSW Governor Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, together with Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams.


The Governor of NSW Her Excellency The Honourable Margaret Beasley QC AC officiating

the opening of the viewing platform at Mrs. York's Garden with Leslie Williams MP



The new viewing platform was commissioned by the Friends of Mrs. York's Garden. A Stronger Country Communities grant of $90,000 was awarded to them in March 2020 and it helped make this new vision turn into a reality for the community. Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams led the groundbreaking ceremony in November 2020.


The Friends of Mrs York’s Garden are pleased to be commencing the project & acknowledging the funding by the State Government through the SCCF Grant, feature story by Brilliant-Online

The Friends of Mrs. York’s Garden are pleased to be commencing the project & acknowledging the funding by the State Government through the SCCF Grant



The Lady Behind the Garden


So who exactly is Mrs. York? Amy Bertha York was born in Hay in 1894 and her birthday falls right on 26th January, i.e. Australia Day. Coincidence? Or a sign of greater things to come? She certainly lived up to that special twist of fate being born on that day as she has done much for her country.


She received the Queen’s Commendation Medal for her work in childcare and representing Australia as a delegate at the first United Nations First Meeting on the Rights of Women.


During her retirement years, she did not stop and chose to spend her time creating her beautiful headland garden across the road from her house on Stewart Street. Now, her granddaughter Glenys is site supervisor for the FMYG volunteers.


A Platform By and For the Community


A community grows well when there is communal effort and communal thought to include everyone to share in the delights of the area.


What many may not be aware of is the bevy of volunteers who have been working tirelessly behind the scenes for six years to restore and maintain the original gardens of Amy Bertha York.


Dianne Davison is the President of Friends of Mrs. York's Garden. The Friends have done a lot of work to restore and maintain this iconic headland, making it a beautiful place for everyone to enjoy. Check out the stages they went through building this viewing platform.


Mrs. York's Garden, Construction of Viewing Platform



The new viewing platform overlooking Mrs. York's Garden includes a disability access and it is set to be a space to host functions and school visits.