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Bottle and Glass Point

Important information

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


Updated: 12/12/2014 04:06 PM

“Last time we picnicked here, we shared the area with a wedding party and a young family. It was just such a joyous experience and everyone was smiling.”

You’ll find the idyllic Bottle and Glass Point in the Eastern Suburbs’ renowned Nielsen Park.

In this flat, grassy area you’ll not only enjoy magnificent views over Vaucluse Bay – gorgeous surroundings for a picnic – but fantastic opportunities for fishing, snorkelling, diving and swimming as well.

Unload your picnic hamper and watch the sailboats gently bobbing the bay. Listen to the languid sounds of birdsong and water lapping against the rocks, and feel the breeze rustling through the shady trees.

Bring your own gas barbecue if you like or leave the cooking to the experts and head to the nearby Nielsen Park Cafe.

Spend some time roaming peninsula and photograph the oddly-shaped Bottle and Glass Rocks – so named in 1799 because the sandstone columns resembled glassware. Once much taller than they are today, the columns were supposedly shattered when used for target practice by passing ships.


Getting there

Getting there:

Bottle and Glass Point 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 Bottle and Glass Point from here.

Get driving directions


Vehicle access:

Sealed road - 2WD vehicles - All weather


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

Important info


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

You should know:

  • It’s a good idea to put sunscreen on before you set out and remember to take a hat
  • It can be a busy place, particularly on the weekend, so parking might be limited
  • Parking is only permitted in marked spaces and unfortunately spaces cannot be reserved for guests
  • Please note that fines apply for parking or driving in non-designated areas
  • There is no vehicle access to Nielsen Park
  • This venue is not available for exclusive use. If you’re planning an organised group activity involving more than 40 people and/or any activities involving commercial operators (ie musicians, actors, marriage celebrants etc) within Nielsen Park, you’ll need formal approval from the National Parks and Wildlife Service. Find out more.
  • The closest toilets to Bottle and Glass Point are down the stairs at the far end of the grassy area, leading towards Shark Beach and the main part of Nielsen Park, about a five-minute walk away
  • The National Parks and Wildlife Service operates three holiday houses near this venue which are available for hire. Please contact the Customer Experience Team on 13000 PARKS (13000 72757) for more information.

Wheelchair access:


  • Medium - Assistance may be required to access this area
  • There is a separate gate marked ‘Bottle and Glass Point’ just east of the main Nielsen Park gate on Greycliffe Avenue. A paved road loops around this section of the park, making it suitable for wheelchairs.
  • Off the road, grassy areas may be more difficult to negotiate and will require some assistance.

Opening hours:

Bottle and Glass Point in Nielsen Park is:

  • open 6am – sunset (daily)


Organised group activities involving more than 40 people and/or any activities involving commercial operators (ie musicians, actors, marriage celebrants etc) conducted within Nielsen Park require formal approval (consent) from the National Parks and Wildlife Service.


National Parks Contact Centre, Phone: (02) 9253 0880 within Sydney, or 13000 Parks for the cost of a local call within Australia (mobiles excluded)
Vaucluse (general inquiries, venue information and bookings), Phone: 02 9337 5511 (for inquiries about wedding ceremony bookings call 02 9337 7016)

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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.

Bottle and Glass Point, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: John Yurasek