Nielsen Park, Vaucluse

#15 of 101 in Parks in Sydney
Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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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  • 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 »
  • This was a beautiful Park that we actually got to experience at first hand last summer= and for the first time. It afforded excellent views of the waters of Sydney Harbour from this Easterly...  more »
  • 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.
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