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Gardeners Cottage

Sydney Harbour National Park

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Gardeners Cottage.

Getting there and parking

Gardeners Cottage is located within Nielsen Park, Vaucluse, which is part of Sydney Harbour National Park. It’s about 12km from the centre of Sydney.

  • Take New South Head Road away from the city towards Vaucluse
  • Turn left on Vaucluse Road and follow until you reach Fig Tree Road (on your left).
  • You’ll get an access code to open the security gate on Fig Tree Road
  • Follow Fig Tree Road, turn left at the t-intersection and follow to the cottage.

Nielsen Park has 25km per hour speed limit and is a shared traffic zone. Please watch out for pedestrians.

Key collection

After you book, we’ll give you an access code to open the security gate and the key deposit box at the cottage. The key deposit box is located on the inside fence next to the entry gate opposite the front door. If you haven’t received your access code before your stay, call 1300 072 757. Please return the cottage keys to the deposit box on check out. Fees may apply for lost keys.

Road quality

  • Sealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather


Parking is available at the cottage for 2 cars.

By public transport

  • Take Bus 325 to Nielsen Park.
  • Walk to the cottage. The cottage is located behind the cafe and bathers pavilion.


  • The cottage is fully self-contained with 2 bedrooms. Bedroom 1 has a queen bed and bedroom 2 has 2 single beds. 
  • There’s a bathroom, kitchen, dining room and lounge room
  • Bed linen, towels and a hair dryer are provided.
  • The kitchen has a fridge, electric oven, microwave, toaster, kettle and washing machine.
  • Kitchenware is provided including crockery, glassware, cutlery, coffee plunger and tea strainer.
  • Please leave the cottage clean and tidy. All kitchen items should be washed up and put away. Cleaning products are provided
  • Additional fees may be charged for any unreasonable cleaning required or for missing/broken items. 
  • Rubbish and recycling bins are available
  • There is no internet access at this cottage


  • Flush toilets

Barbecue facilities

There’s a gas barbecue and outdoor seating area. Please leave the barbecue clean and tidy.

  • Gas/electric barbecues (free)


Drinking water


  • Hot showers

Electric power

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Beach safety

Beaches in this park are not patrolled, and can sometimes have strong rips and currents. These beach safety tips will help you and your family stay safe in the water.

Bushwalking safety

If you're keen to head out on a longer walk or a backpack camp, always be prepared. Read these bushwalking safety tips before you set off on a walking adventure in national parks.

Fire safety

During periods of fire weather, the Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service may declare a total fire ban for particular NSW fire areas, or statewide. Learn more about total fire bans and fire safety.

Fishing safety

Fishing from a boat, the beach or by the river is a popular activity for many national park visitors. If you’re planning a day out fishing, check out these fishing safety tips.


Disability access level - no wheelchair access


  • Noise restrictions apply between 10pm and 7am and amplified music is not permitted.
  • Unauthorised guests are not permitted for overnight stays.

Camp fires and solid fuel burners



Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.


NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

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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. You can also pay for your visit via the Park’nPay app.

    Other fees:

    Landing fees or tour fees apply to visit Sydney Harbour islands. All public visitors to Shark, Clark or Rodd Island, 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.

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