Nielsen Park, Sydney

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#15 of 101 in Parks in Sydney
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Nestled within Sydney Harbour National Park, Nielsen Park offers grassy expanses, the turquoise waters of Shark Beach, and the historic 1851 residence Greycliffe House. William Wentworth used to own the 206 hectare (509 acre) area, and you can swim in a netted-off area where the poet himself swam. Today the park is a popular recreational spot, with waves swelling for prime surfing after storms roll through. Stroll along the roads lined with she-oaks to see the Federation kiosk that dates from 1914. The onsite Surf Club makes a fine choice for dinner, but call ahead to make sure it isn't reserved for an event. A visit to Nielsen Park represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Sydney trip itinerary planning tool to plot your vacation.
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  • On its own, Nielsen Park would be a pleasant, although unremarkable spot. What makes it a really special spot is that it sits alongside Shark Beach, a very popular family harbour beach. Together the.....  more
    On its own, Nielsen Park would be a pleasant, although unremarkable spot. What makes it a really special spot is that it sits alongside Shark Beach, a very popular family harbour beach. Together the.....  more »
  • Forty minute wait for coffee - this cafe seems to have new ownership- despite 5-6 people serving they could not cope - only one coffee machine was working and they are clearly not experienced. Not... 
    Forty minute wait for coffee - this cafe seems to have new ownership- despite 5-6 people serving they could not cope - only one coffee machine was working and they are clearly not experienced. Not...  more »
  • Nielsen Park has been a treasured icon for generations of Sydney families. It is a beautiful harbour beach, surrounded by bushland and with great views across the (on sunny days) sparkling waters of.....  more
    Nielsen Park has been a treasured icon for generations of Sydney families. It is a beautiful harbour beach, surrounded by bushland and with great views across the (on sunny days) sparkling waters of.....  more »
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  • Not the best beach in Sydney but definitely one of the more family-friendly. There's a restaurant and cafe on site as well as nearby parking (it fills up fast) and public transport. The beach is fairly small but there's plenty of grass space to set up a picnic rug nearby.
  • Top spot for a swim and to cool off on a hot day. We felt comfortable sitting in the ground's of the park and relaxing. Mid week their was not a lot of people around so we had a swim after walking around the harbour.
  • The beach is so much fun! it is safe for kids because of the nets and it's not too choppy (except on boxing Day), one problem is that it is hard to find parking and there are long lines to get food. Overall a good beach if you are patient and know good parking spaces hidden nearby.
  • Beautiful location. Smart cafe/restaurant. Great beach with netted swimming area. Grass, lots of shade, beginning of beautiful Shark Bay to Rose Bay walk. Recommended
  • Real estate is a premium here so be sure to get here early. Great family spot with a netted swimming section. A kiosk on site serving good coffee and food!

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