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Shakespeares Point

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


Updated: 12/12/2014 04:06 PM

“We both love the great outdoors, so this natural bush setting was the perfect choice for a great day out.”

Shakespeares Point in Nielsen Park is a perfect outdoor location to highlight the best of Sydney’s urban and natural charms. Located in the southern reaches of Sydney Harbour National Park, just east of Shark Beach, it provides a stunning backdrop for a memorable day out.

This lovely tree-lined setting backs onto a large flat grassy area, with plenty of space for friends and family to mingle. You’ll catch glimpses of Shark Bay and views of the iconic city skyline to the west while you're catching up with friends and family.

From here, you can explore other areas within the beautiful Nielsen Park, like Bottle and Glass Point.


Getting there

Getting there:

Shakespeares 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 Shakespeares 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
  • Other facilities/equipment
  • Flush toilets
  • Flush toilets
  • Venue

You should know:

  • It’s a good idea to put sunscreen on before you set out and remember to take a hat
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch
  • Strong rips and currents may be present at Shark Beach – take care in the water and please supervise children at all times.
  • It can be a busy place on the weekend, so parking might be limited.
  • A kiosk and picnic areas are located at adjacent Nielsen Park
  • If you'd like to hire this venue, please visit the OEH venue hire page.

Opening hours:

Shakespeares Point, in Nielsen Park , is:

  • Open 6am – sunset (Monday – Sunday)
  • Closed between Christmas Day and New Year


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.

Shakespeare Point, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: John Yurasek/NSW Government