Sydney Harbour National Park
Replacement of Nielsen Park seawall in 2021
The Nielsen Park concrete seawall is being replaced as part of a program to improve access to national parks. Construction will occur between April and December 2021. There will be unavoidable restrictions on visitor access to Shark Beach during this time. Find out more about the improvements planned for Nielsen Park in 2021.
Treat yourself to a stay at Gardeners Cottage in the heart of Sydney Harbour National Park. This State Heritage-listed sandstone cottage is located by the beach in beautiful Nielsen Park, Vaucluse.
|Where||1 Fig Tree Road, Vaucluse, NSW, 2030 - in Sydney Harbour National Park|
|Facilities||Barbecue facilities, cafe/kiosk, drinking water, showers, toilets, electric power|
|Bookings||Book online or call the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757.|
Gardeners Cottage has everything you could hope for in a location. Located in Nielsen Park, you'll have harbour beaches on your doorstep. Enjoy stunning views as you walk along Hermitage Foreshore track, then explore the grounds of Strickland House.
Perfect for a couple or small family, waking up at Gardeners Cottage will fill you with delight. Your hardest decision will be whether to swim, walk, or picnic the day away. With so much to see and do, it’s the perfect opportunity to disconnect from the online world and get away from the stresses of daily life.
Enjoy breakfast and coffee at The Nielsen, a short walk from the cottage. You can also find cafes, bakeries, pubs and restaurants nearby in Rose Bay or Watsons Bay. The historic Vaucluse House is also nearby and offers tours and a garden café.
If you're keen for some exercise take a longer walk to South Head via Parsley Bay, Camp Cove, and Watsons Bay. In winter you'll have a good chance of spotting whales between June and September as they migrate along the coast. And you may hear or see endangered powerful owls in the evenings. This special area is also home to 2 endangered plants – the Nielsen Park she-oak and the sunshine wattle.
This State Heritage-listed cottage is graced with a terracotta tiled roof and was built in 1851 for John Reeve. It was designed by J.F.Hilly in the picturesque Victorian gothic revival style.
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Located in the picturesque grounds of Sydney Harbour National Park in Vaucluse, The Nielsen incorporates several dining spaces catering to a range of experiences.
- National Parks Contact Centre
- 7am to 7pm daily
- 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS) for the cost of a local call within Australia excluding mobiles
- Nielsen Park office
- Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
- 02 9337 5511
- Greycliffe House, Nielsen Park, 6 Steele Point Road, Vaucluse NSW 2030
- 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.
Landing fees or tour fees apply to visit Sydney Harbour islands. All public visitors to Shark, Clark, Goat or Rodd Island, or Fort Denison, need to pay a $7 per person landing fee. To arrange, please contact 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS). Annual NSW Parks Passes do not cover landing fees.Buy annual pass