Sydney Harbour National Park
Replacement of Nielsen Park seawall
Construction to replace the concrete seawall at Nielsen Park is scheduled for completion in April 2023. There will be unavoidable restrictions on access to Shark Beach during this time. Find out more about the improvements planned for Nielsen Park.
With its picturesque bush setting, Shakespeares Point in Nielsen Park, located within Sydney Harbour National Park, is ideal for a day out.
- Picnic areas
- Sydney Harbour National Park in Sydney and surrounds
- Opening times
6am – sunset daily. Closed between Christmas Day and New Year.
- What to
- Drinking water, sunscreen, hat
- Hire this venue
- Shakespeares Point is also 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.
- Please note
Picnic areas are located at nearby at Nielsen Park.
Shakespeares Point in Nielsen Park is a perfect outdoor location to highlight the best of Sydney’s urban and natural charms. Located in the southern reaches of Sydney Harbour National Park, just east of Shark Beach, it provides a stunning backdrop for a memorable day out.
This lovely tree-lined setting backs onto a large flat grassy area, with plenty of space for friends and family to mingle. You’ll catch glimpses of Shark Bay and views of the iconic city skyline to the west while you're catching up with friends and family.
From here, you can explore other areas within the beautiful Nielsen Park, like Bottle and Glass Point.
Take a virtual tour of Shakespeares Point captured with Google Street View Trekker.
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Located in picturesque Nielsen Park, Shakespeares Point is an ideal spot for your wedding ceremony and one of Sydney’s best outdoor venues. Take in the wonderful views of Vaucluse Bay and Sydney Harbour while enjoying your event in style.
Wake up to views of the Sydney Harbour skyline at Steele Point Cottage in Nielsen Park, Vaucluse. This fully self-contained heritage accommodation on the harbour foreshore offers a private and secluded getaway for 2 people.
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.
- 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. You can also pay for your visit via the Park’nPay app.
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