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Bottle and Glass Point

Sydney Harbour National Park

Overview

Bottle and Glass Point is an ideal picnic spot in Nielsen Park in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs. Enjoy lovely harbour views and go fishing, snorkelling, diving or swimming.

Type
Picnic areas
Where
Sydney Harbour National Park
Accessibility
Easy
Price
Free
Opening times

6am – sunset daily.

What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
Hire this venue
  • Bottle and Glass Point is available for events and function hire
  • If you plan to visit Nielsen Park with more than 20 people, (schools, corporate or private) then you'll need to make a group booking in advance. To book, please phone between 9am–5pm, Monday to Friday: (02) 9337 5511.

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.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Conservation program:

Fort Denison heritage collection project

Fort Denison is home to a wealth of historic heritage. The Fort Denison heritage collection project invited volunteers to locate, identify, document, conserve, interpret and make accessible the heritage collections in Sydney Harbour National Park. This allowed NPWS to engage with the community and ensure our collections are protected.

 Fort Denison, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

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Park info

  • in Sydney Harbour National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • Sydney Harbour National Park is open sunrise to sunset but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    Bradleys Head carpark: $8 per vehicle per day. North Head carpark: $5 per vehicle per day. There are pay and display machines that accept cards and coins - no change given. Chowder Bay Road parking: Monday-Friday: $3 per hour, to a maximum of $16 per day. Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays: $4 per hour, to a maximum of $20 per day. If you hold an NPWS All Parks or Multi Parks Pass, you can park free for up to four hours per day - additional time can be purchased. Car parks operated by Sydney Harbour Federation Trust or Mosman Council are not covered by your pass. Please check signs carefully.

    Other fees:

    Landing fee or tour fee applies to visit Sydney Harbour Islands. Fort Denison can only be visited on a tour. To visit Shark, Clark or Rodd islands Island, all vessels, including kayaks, need to pay a $7 per person landing fee. To arrange, please contact 13000 PARKS (13000 72757).

    Buy an annual pass.
    • Vaucluse
      (02) 9337 5511
      Contact hours: 9am-5pm Monday to Friday
    • Greycliffe House, Nielsen Park, Vaucluse NSW
    • Fax: (02) 9337 1303
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    • Mosman
      (02) 9960 6266
      Contact hours: 9am-4.30pm Wednesday to Friday
    • Governors Road, Middle Head, Mosman NSW
    • Fax: (02) 9960 3965
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See more visitor info
Bottle and Glass Point, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: John Yurasek