Nielsen Park, Vaucluse

(4.7/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web)
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 travel itinerary maker to plot your vacation.
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  • It is a small Bay, with restaurant and good for swimming (shark nets to protect), one can well sit and enjoy the Sun and the views. A very nice trail to the Park (start Rose-Bay), this is a "must"!
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  • If you have never been there well worth a visit . Best during the week gets very bust on the weekend on sunny days.  more »
  • I visited this beach with my friend. A lovely spot, nice water and lovely surroundings. Cafes around this area too. Nice spot for a relaxing day,  more »
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  • Good clean beach with shark net. Close to harbour entry means water is usually v clear. Plenty of shade, grassy picnic areas and stepped boardwalk along beach. Historic change rooms, kiosk and military emplacements are there to discover also. City views and occasional surf (1-2x per year) are a bonus.
  • The most peaceful vista where one can gaze across the harbour and imagine that the First Fleet would have met with a similar view.
  • Nice park with a small beach for young kids. Plenty of shades.
  • Gets busy in summer but if you get there early in the morning it's good. Kiosk is good too.
  • Best beach in Sydney with lots of shade. Great if you don't want to deal with the Bondi crowd and hassel