5 Urban Landscapers in Sydney To Design Your Backyard in 2022
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5 Urban Landscapers in Sydney To Design Your Backyard in 2024

By Kanebridge News
Mon, Jan 24, 2022 4:28pmGrey Clock 4 min

Landscaping your residences should be much more than installing a lawn and a few plants by the perimeter.   A well-considered garden can evolve into an oasis of calm, bringing enjoyment and privacy to your family     

The value and enjoyment of a house is vastly improved by sympathetic landscaping.    A good landscaping service can tie the outdoor areas of the house to the indoors and enhance the value of both.    

Landscaping designs can be minimal to high maintenance, depending on your desires (and budget). 

A few designers who excel at creating memorable spaces in limited urban spaces include the businesses below. 


1. Think Outside Gardens

Think Outside Gardens  

Think Outside Gardens’ vision is to provide landscape architecture integrated with high quality construction for residential gardens in Sydney. Director, Mick Drower has over 20 years design experience.   

Mick and his team strive to ensure that every garden is built to the highest standard whilst managing the unique challenges of each site. From the initial garden design ideas through the garden construction and into ongoing garden maintenance, their workmanship is guaranteed. 




111 Sutherland St, Paddington NSW 




2. Secret Gardens 

Established in 1994 by managing director, Matthew Cantwell, Secret Gardens focus on landscape architecture, landscape construction and horticultural services for the residences. 

Secret Garden offers its customers a talented team including landscape architects and designers, structural landscaping specialists, carpenters, stonemasons and horticulturists. 

With a diverse portfolio of garden design ideas their practice can design and implement gardens of varying scale and style. From the initial garden design ideas through the garden construction and into ongoing garden maintenance, their workmanship is guaranteed at every stage of the process and ensures accountability for years to come. 

Think Outside Gardens is big enough to have years of experience yet small enough to be involved in every stage of the project. 






+612 9314 5333 


17 Aylesbury Street, Botany NSW, 2019 


3. Garden Life 

garden life

Set in St Peters, Sydney and sourcing a unique range of products to enhance your outdoor living. We also offer a complete landscape design service. 

Located in St Peters and operated by brothers Richard and Michael Unsworth, Garden Life is Sydney’s most stylish garden emporium. From travels far and wide the new St Peters location carries a unique range of products, plant specimens and beautiful pots designed to enhance outdoor living. 

Also offering a complete landscape design service – from concept through to construction, project management and ongoing maintenance 




158 Princes highway St Peters Sydney, NSW, Australia 2044 


(02) 9517 3633 



4. Good Manors 

Good Manors 

Established in 1985, Good Manors creates outdoor living spaces that offer a lasting, integrated connection between people and their home, garden and pool. 

Good Manors prides itself on considering the whole landscape as  a home’s outdoor space provides an opportunity to expand the living environment in a way that creates a sense of belonging in the space, allowing the outside area to become not just an add-on to a residence, but a beautiful, functional, seamless transformation of it. 

Good Manors works with its clients from design through to build and beyond, sharing their experience of what can work now and as you grow with your garden over the years.    

Good Manors draws on its years of experience and strong network of service providers to provide its clients with award winning horticulture, project design, planning, landscape and pool construction and renovation services.  




32 Halloran Street, Lilyfield NSW 


(02) 9818 3377 




5. Outdoor Establishments 

Outdoor Establishments 

Founded in 2011 Outdoor Establishments by its directors Matthew Hook and Trystan Graham, Outdoor Establishments offers garden design & landscape architecture, landscape & swimming pool construction, and horticultural services to high end residential market.  

Inspired by the laid-back Australian way of life and seeking to create considered spaces that promote outdoor living,  Outdoor Establishments works closely and collaboratively with homeowners, architects and builders to offer unique environments tailors to homeowners needs. 

This concept to completion approach allows for a single point of contact for the entirety of the project, ensuring the design intent is delivered and maintained as the landscape is built and managed into the future. 




1/65 Nicholson Street, St Leonards NSW 2065 


(02) 9966 8630  



Kanebridge News did not receive anything of value from any of the businesses included in this article. 






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Discover Melbourne’s ten best schools specialising in co-education.

By Josh Bozin
Wed, Mar 13, 2024 5 min

The age-old debate when it comes to the discussion around schooling is whether to send your child to a single-sex or co-educational school. And notably, there has been a surge in co-educational schooling in recent years, with close to 86 per cent of students in the independent sector of Victoria alone said to be attending a co-educational school, according to Independent Schools Victoria.

The topic doesn’t come without its share of controversies, however. While many are in the camp that co-educational programs are, in large, leading to a more diverse, inclusive and progressive schooling experience for students, there is also a backing that voices its disadvantages and challenges – coeducational schooling can prove detrimental for certain types of learners, and at times, for girls.

So, as the educational system faces a changing with the times for future students, below we look at the very best co-ed schools in Melbourne based off a number of criteria, from academic and extracurricular programs, to facilities and location, plus more.

But first…

What is co-ed schooling?

Co-educational schooling, in its simplest form, refers to an educational system where both male and female students attend classes together in the same educational institution. Whereas single-sex schooling are institutions segregated by gender.

Is it better to go to a co-ed school?

To many, it depends the specific needs of the child at hand. While it’s proven that co-ed schooling does promote a sense of gender equality, a greater dynamic of social interaction and an opportunity to develop—or further enhance—interpersonal skills, some would argue that it can also present its challenges. For one, it can be said that educators would need to employ a more diverse teaching style to accomodate for the varied learning styles of both male and female students.

What is the most expensive school in Melbourne?

In 2024, it’s Geelong Grammar, with an average tuition fee of $46,344 per year for Year 12 students.

What is the most prestigious school in Melbourne?

While somewhat subjective, the most prestigious school in Melbourne is often determined by a number of varying factors, like academic performance, facilities, and extracurricular activities. Geelong Grammar, again, is at the top of the schooling hierarchy in Victoria – a boarding and day school founded in 1855 and one that has long held a reputation as one of the most prestigious co-educational institutions in Australia.


Below you will find nine other prestigious co-educational schools in and around Melbourne.


1. St Leonards College

St Leonards


Located in Brighton East, St Leonards College is one of Melbourne’s leading independent co-educational schools catering for students in all year levels, from ELC for three-year-olds through to Year 12. Since 1914, St Leonards College has been the Bayside school of choice, and remains an institution well regarded for its extracurricular activities.

2. Geelong Grammar

Geelong Grammar
Stefani Driscoll


Geelong Grammar is Australia’s largest co-educational boarding school, catering for over 1,500 girls and boys from pre-school through to year 12. In its rich 168-year history, Geelong Grammar has taught some notable alumni or “Old Geelong Grammarians”, including media mogul Rupert Murdoch and even King Charles III.

3. Carey Baptist Grammar School

Trevor Mein


Carey Grammar is a known leader in independant co-education, with campuses in Kew and Donvale that caters for students from early leaning to Year 12. With a strong focus on innovation, Carey is renowned for its progressive and diverse curriculum.

4. Wesley College

COX Architecture


Wesley College is an open-entry, co-educational school that has been offering the highest forms of education and cocurricular programs for over 150 years. Today, Wesley is one of Australia’s leading coeducational schools, with multiple campuses throughout Melbourne. Notably, Wesley is also one of the leading International Baccalaureate (IB) schools in the country, and is the only school in Victoria to offer IB from primary through to senior school.

5. Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School

John Gollings

In Melbourne’s north-west you’ll find the suburb of Essendon, where you’ll find most of the city’s most popular co-educational schools: Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School, or ‘PEGS’. But PEGS offers a different structure to its co-educational system; in primary years of prep to year 6, there is a seperate junior school for girls (Moonee Ponds), and boys (Essendon). Its flagship Keilor East campus is home to a seperate Middle School campus for girls, and one for boys. From years 11 and 12—or VCE—, the senior school is combined.

This structure, as PEGS explains, allows students to “enjoy the proven benefits of a single-gender education during childhood and early adolescence as well as a mature co-educational environment during critical VCE years.”

6. Haileybury

Haileybury College


With an educational history dating back to 1892, Haileybury is considered one of the country’s finest co-educational schools thanks to a number of factors, from innovative teaching methods and outstanding academic results, to a strong focus on international studies.

7. Yarra Valley Grammar

Yarra Valley Grammar


A school that is highly regarded for its extensive range of contemporary opportunities and impeccably high standards of performance—led by principal Dr. Mark Merry— Yarra Valley Grammar, a school originally built on farmland “in the middle of nowhere”, is one of Melbourne’s best co-educational schools in the heart of the famed Yarra Valley region.

8. Caulfield Grammar School

Caulfield Grammar


Caulfield Grammar has long held its reputation for academic excellence, as well as its commitment to a well-rounded, co-educational program. With a particular focus on VCE curriculum, students in years 10–12 will participate in a diverse academic program with 49 VCE subjects to choose from, and a range of broad and balanced co-curricular experiences.

9. Mentone Grammar

Mentone Grammar


Located in Melbourne’s idyllic Bayside area, Mentone Grammar is a leader in co-educational schooling, providing students from ELC to year 12 a plethora of opportunities to thrive, from its creativity and science centres to its immaculate sporting facilities, all designed to support a well-rounded—and highly regarded—educational program for females and males.

10. Huntingtower School

Huntingtower School


With a strong focus on literacy and numeracy, the co-educational program at Huntingtower School in Melbourne’s south-east enables its students to “develop deeper level thinking skills.” Plus, with a strong extracurricular program that allows students to experience activities like triathlons, urban adventures and language immersion programs, there’s no shortage of what is possible at Huntingtower School.

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