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Gardeners Cottage

Sydney Harbour National Park

Overview

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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.

Accommodation Details
Accommodation type Cottage
Where 1 Fig Tree Road, Vaucluse, NSW, 2030 - in Sydney Harbour National Park
Bedrooms 2
Maximum guests 4
Facilities Barbecue facilities, cafe/kiosk, drinking water, showers, toilets, electric power
Price
  • Rates and availability are displayed when making an online booking
  • Minimum stays may apply
  • Peak season: Weekends, long weekends, NSW school holidays (excluding winter), December and January.
  • A $300 security bond will be held against your card, the day of arrival or the day before. 
Bookings Book online or call the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757.
Please note
  • Check in 2pm, check out 11am.
  • You can pick up supplies at nearby supermarkets in Rose Bay.
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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 harbour 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. 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.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

 

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The Nielsen

Located in the picturesque grounds of Sydney Harbour National Park in Vaucluse, The Nielsen incorporates several dining spaces catering to a range of experiences.

People inside The Nielsen cafe in Nielsen Park. Photo: Simone Cottrell/DPIE
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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. To visit Shark, Clark or Rodd islands all vessels, including kayaks, need to pay a $7 per person landing fee. To arrange, please contact 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS). Annual NSW Parks Passes not valid for landing fees.

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Shark Beach in Nielsen Park. Photo: John Spencer/OEH