Sunday Sound Garden at St Ives Wildflower Garden


Wind down your week with some smooth tunes, good food and fun for the little ones at Sunday Sound Garden. Held at the St Ives Wildflower Garden on the 1st Sunday of every month, this easy listening concert series provides a relaxed atmosphere that will hit all the right notes with everyone in the family.  

There are certain things I love about living on the North Shore: easy access to beautiful national parks, great local events and a wonderful sense of community. For me, all these things culminated when my family and I attended Sunday Sound Garden held at the St Ives Wildflower Garden. As the name suggests, it’s a concert played in a beautiful garden location. However, the name doesn’t tell the whole story, and I was pleasantly surprised to find there was much more to this event than a relaxing afternoon with a great soundtrack.

Kids were enthralled with the Wildlife show at the Wildflower Gardens event

A free event held once a month, Sunday Sound Garden delivers on what it promises. When I attended with my family, we were treated to the vocals of local Sydney artist, David Taylor who played an easy listening mix of covers and original music. A talented singer, David covered a range of classics and recent hits from Vance Joy, The Beatles, The Script, The Black Keys and more. What I particularly liked was that the tunes were suitable for all ages, which means everyone was happy. For me, it was a nice break from certain household favourites such as ‘Hot Potato’. However, each month the artist will change, with the previous month delivering the talents of the Aston Martinis.

The concert was held at Caley’s Pavilion, which means it’s enclosed and offers toilets and baby change facilities. There was plenty of space to lay down picnic rugs, but also lots of tables and chairs available. If you wanted to be closer to the action, there were chairs at the front and an area where you can dance if you wanted – something our smallest and cutest dancers took advantage of!

Ranger Anna shows off her friend, an intriguing stick insect

Bushcraft with Ranger Anna

The boardwalk behind Caley’s Pavilion

Boardwalk behind Caley’s Pavilion

The Important Stuff: Food and Drink

Sunday Sound Garden is a perfect picnic opportunity and there’s plenty of room to enjoy one. I packed one for the family, but couldn’t help myself and sampled the food on site as well. At the kitchen, you can buy a bowl of paella for $10, which is delicious. If you fancy something to drink, there’s water, soft drink as well as beer and wine. Although it should be noted, if you want to have a little tipple, you will need to purchase wine and beer at the counter as it’s a licenced venue.  

The chefs from Casa Pancorbo

Looking To Explore A Little Further?

If you’ve never been to the St Ives Wildflower park – do yourself a favour and go. I’ve been living here for three years and never really explored it before. It’s a great picnic spot for the family with several walking tracks. As a mum with a young family, pram friendly is essential and many of the walking tracks are great for this. For a small family outing, you can head towards the park at Lambert’s Clearing and try the Brown walking track. Otherwise, try the Solander trail if you’re after something a little more challenging. I tried it a few weeks ago with a pram and there’s quite a steep hill – so your glutes will thank you. They also hold weekly community park runs if you’re looking to amp up your fitness.  

Lambert’s Clearing

Essential Info

Get on board and support this great community event –  the cost is free and there’s plenty of parking available.

  • When: 1st Sunday of each month
  • Time: 12:00pm-3:00pm
  • Location: St Ives Wildflower Garden, 420 Mona Vale Rd, St. Ives
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For more ideas of things to do on and around the North Shore, browse our Out & About section.


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