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The Nielsen

Sydney Harbour National Park

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Replacement of Nielsen Park seawall

Construction to replace the concrete seawall at Nielsen Park is scheduled for completion in late August 2024. Shark Beach will be closed during this time. Find out more about the improvements planned for Nielsen Park.

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

Cafes and kiosks
1 Promenade Road, Vaucluse, NSW, 2030 - in Sydney Harbour National Park in Sydney and surrounds
Opening times
For more information and bookings please call (02) 9337 7333, send us an email or visit The Nielsen website.
Hire this venue

The Nielsen is available for events and function hire.

Sydney has an abundance of riches when it comes to stunning harbourside destinations. Nielsen Park is particularly popular, boasting three large picnic areas near the pristine Shark Beach. 

Visitors looking for an added dash of convenience can’t go past The Nielsen, located in the renovated 1914 Nielsen Park Kiosk building. Enjoy locally sourced ingredients and dynamic breakfast menus at The Nielsen Restaurant. Indulge in the boutique wines matched to a lunch menu which changes throughout the year to reflect individual season. For something quick, grab a specialty coffee or choose from a selection of sandwiches at The Nielsen Kiosk. 

The Nielsen is just one of several venues available for private hire in Nielsen Park, among the majestic Moreton Bay figs. This makes it a perfect place to hold a special event or memorable wedding. Available for exclusive hire, The Pavilion has a leafy outlook over Fig Tree Road in the centre of the park. This is a popular venue for weddings and private events. The surf club at the eastern end of Shark Beach delivers sweeping panoramic harbour views of Bradleys Head and Middle Head. There’s something to suit every need here at Nielsen Park, and all within the southern precinct of Sydney Harbour National Park.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Things to do:

Shakespeares Point

With its picturesque bush setting, Shakespeares Point in Nielsen Park, located within Sydney Harbour National Park, is ideal for a day out.

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

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: $8 per vehicle per day. North Head: $5 per vehicle per day. Tap and pay card or phone payments accepted at pay machines. Coin payment available at Fairfax carpark machines only. Chowder Bay: 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. Park’nPay: You can also pay for your visit to any area 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.

    Buy annual pass
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