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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  • Great place. A nice beach without waves. Has a safety net put in place so you can relax with the kids without worrying about them going further in to water or any large fish coming in. There is a walking track on the mountain side and provides fantastic views of the water. You can actually climb down to the beach from the other end. Please obey the displayed rules and do not disrupt the local environment. Watch your step as you go as well.
  • This place has something mystical to it (esp. at night). Best bet is park your car at Greycliffe Ave, visit Shark Beach, maybe swim, then have a walk along the coast down to milk beach. One of the finest places in Sydney. So nice.
  • Gorgeous swimming beach with easy surf (as it's on the harbour) and lots of shade and grass. Cute cafe and kiosk as well with decent food options.
  • Lovely place to go for a walk. Quiet, nice for families. The beach is really beautiful as well. Enjoy! Next to a bus station, easy to get there from the city or from Watsons Bay!
  • A great Harbour beach. Parking can be difficult on busy days but it's worth the effort. Kiosk does good coffee and snacks, fish & chips etc. Lots of space to picnic and hang out.
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