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Nielsen Park

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Alerts for Sydney Harbour National Park: closed areas, upcoming closed areas


Updated: 12/12/2014 04:06 PM

“Nielsen Park is our favourite place for a family picnic. Shark Beach is a great place for the little ones to swim and they love exploring the foreshore walks.”

Sydney serves up some of its best outdoor offerings at Nielsen Park, located at Vaucluse in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. Blessed with the glistening Shark Beach and glorious harbour views, Nielsen Park is one of Sydney’s favourite year-round recreation areas.

It’s also one of the most picturesque places for a picnic, boasting three large, sheltered picnic areas. Relax on the grass and enjoy your lunch beneath a shady fig tree. Stroll along the scenic foreshore walking track or explore the area by kayak.

Stay overnight at Steele Point Cottage and in the morning the kids can swim and build sandcastles while you relax with a coffee at the Nielsen Park Cafe before setting out to explore Bottle and Glass Point.


Getting there

Getting there:

Nielsen Park is in the Nielsen Park precinct of Sydney Harbour National Park. To get there:

  • Take New South Head Road away from the city
  • Turn left into Vaucluse Road and then left into Greycliffe Avenue
  • It’s a short walk to Nielsen Park from here.

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Vehicle access:

Sealed road - 2WD vehicles - All weather


Parking is available in Greycliffe Avenue, including several designated disabled spots.

Important info


  • Drinking water
  • Picnic tables
  • Flush toilets
  • Trackhead/access point
  • Venue

You should know:

  • The beach is protected by a shark net during the summer months
  • It's possible to hire the venue for a private function
  • Groups of 20 or more people (including schools) intending to visit Nielsen Park need to make a prior booking by calling the area office on (02) 9337 5511

Wheelchair access:


Wheelchairs can access this area with some difficulty

  • There are gentle slopes, three large, grassy picnic areas with harbour views, an accessible toilet and some seats
  • Various bitumen paths take you around to vantage points where there are panoramic views from the city to the harbour entrance

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- Alerts

Sydney Harbour National Park

closed areas

Alcohol free zones - Hermitage Foreshore track (Ends Saturday 28 February 2015)

Milk Beach, Queens Beach and Hermit Point (part of the Hermitage Foreshore) are all alcohol free zones from 1 December 2014 to 28 February 2015.These areas are closed to all groups (20 people or over). Penalties apply.
Collins Flat Beach unavailable for venue hire
Collins Flat Beach is currently unavailable for venue hire due to the impact of high visitation on the critical habitat found at this location.Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact Mosman office on (02) 9960 6266 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page.
Locations affected: North Head, Collins Flat Beach
Nielsen Park safety alert - Nielsen Park
The beach at Nielsen Park has been closed until further notice due to the damaged shark net caused by the rough water conditions.
Sydney Harbour National Park accommodation
Constables Cottage, Green Point Cottage and Steele Point Cottage are currently unavailable for booking until further notice. New options are being considered for the conservation, management and use of these buildings. For more information please contact the Customer Experience Team on 13000 PARKS (1300 072 757) or visit the NSW National Parks safety page.
Locations affected: Constables Cottage, Green Point Cottage, Steele Point Cottage

upcoming closed areas

Closed areas: New Years Eve 2014 closures (Wednesday 31 December)These areas in Sydney Harbour National Park are closed for safety reasons during New Years Eve 2014. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the area office on (02) 9337 5511.
Locations affected: South Head, South Head Heritage trail, Hermitage Foreshore track, Bottle and Glass Point, Shakespeares Point
Closed areas: Nielsen Park fireworks (Wednesday 31 December to Friday 2 January 2015)Nielsen Park
Nielsen Park is a ticketed venue on 31 December 2014, therefore it is only accessible for people who have purchased tickets for the viewing of New Years Eve 2014 fireworks.

Neilsen Park, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: David Finnegan