Nielsen Park, Vaucluse

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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 Vaucluse trip itinerary planning tool to plot your vacation.
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  • Great beach for the family as it’s safe and there is no choppy water (harbour beach). There are grassy areas to picnic as well. Also dtunning views of the harbour  more »
  • Nice spot for a family picnic - get there early for easy parking though. Coffee shop was good too, would get crowded in summer no doubt we went at the end of winter.  more »
  • Neilson park beach and the park itself is a great place to relax and unwind. There is free parking and two places to eat and get a cold drink which are also quite decent. Expect to pay a little more t...  more »
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  • This place has something mystical to it (esp. at night). Best bet is park your car at Greycliffe Ave, enjoy Shark Beach and have a walk along the coast down to milk beach. Certainly one of my favorite places in Sydney.
  • I didn't know this place existed, but caught the ferry over, then the bus, and a bit of a walk through the gardens, and then had lunch at the restaurant on a beautiful summer's day. The food wasn't the best ever, but it was fine. The service was excellent and the location is classic British vintage beach-side day-trip superimposed on an Australian beach. It reminded me of a less-grand version of Hyde Park in London, but with wonderful federation architecture and beautiful surrounds.
  • Amazing views of the city, a nice beach (with shark nets) and a cute little cafe for lazy Sunday brunches. Good place for pic nics as well. Connects to the heritage trail that allows walking down to (almost) rose bay
  • A great way to explore fabulous Sydney. There's also a nice coastal walk if you're feeling active
  • Amazing views. Definitely do the walk

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