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 travel itinerary maker to plot your vacation.
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  • This is one of the many walks in Australia, there is a trail with breath taking views of Sydney Harbor and the Bridge. The fun part is that it keep going up and down, so it is like a free step class  more »
  • without a doubt one of my favorite beaches. with little waves and a safety net, there is the sbateau pass, the water is gorgeous and the walk to get there from watsonbay was nice (but somewhat along) to do
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  • This is a big call as we have so many amazing beaches, however for us this beach, combined with the park, is the bestest place to enjoy a sunny day and only a stones throw from the CBD. The park has p...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Beautiful beachside setting with surrounding rocks, grass and bushland areas. Full facilities available - great for family picnics. However this place gets extremely packed - no parking within 2km on a nice day.
  • Best venue in sydney. Great beach, views, and walks.
  • Clean and tidy beach for families during summer.
  • 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.

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