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Nielsen Park

“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.

Take a virtual tour of Nielsen Park on Google Street View.


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