Nielsen Park
Nielsen Park
4.5
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Mairwen1
By Mairwen1
A Sandy Beach, Giant Fig Trees and Picnic Spots
Jan 2022
On its own, Nielsen Park would be a pleasant, although unremarkable spot. What makes it a really special spot is that it sits alongside Shark Beach, a very popular family harbour beach. Together the beach and park make this a perfect area for families and large groups to gather. The park is a great space if you want to escape the sun, kick a ball or have a picnic. Like most Australian beaches, theres no natural shade on the sand, so being able to retreat to the shade under the sprawling fig trees means that you can plan an extended stay at the beach. The park is part of the Sydney Harbour National Park and consists of a large expanse of open, grassy area, covering 20 hectares. There is an avenue of giant, fig trees and large, mature gums are scattered throughout, providing lots of shade. There are good facilities nearby, including clean toilets, changing rooms, outdoor showers and an historic kiosk on the beachfront that sells coffee, ice-creams and fish and chips. For those who want to explore, the Hermitage Foreshore Walking Trail (1.8km one way) starts here. There are also 3 short & easy, looped walking paths. Maps of the walks are shown on a large National Parks board near the Greycliffe Avenue entrance: Glass & Bottle Point Walk (500m loop, 20 min) Historic Greycliffe House Walk (500m loop, 30 min) Mount Trefle Walk (500m loop, 20 min) GETTING THERE: You’ll find free, un-timed parking along Vaucluse and Greycliffe Av. You can pretty reliably get a park mid-week and on overcast days but on a sunny weekend, it can get impossibly busy. Entry to the National Park is free.

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Mairwen1
United Kingdom9,516 contributions
Jan 2022
On its own, Nielsen Park would be a pleasant, although unremarkable spot. What makes it a really special spot is that it sits alongside Shark Beach, a very popular family harbour beach. Together the beach and park make this a perfect area for families and large groups to gather.
The park is a great space if you want to escape the sun, kick a ball or have a picnic.
Like most Australian beaches, theres no natural shade on the sand, so being able to retreat to the shade under the sprawling fig trees means that you can plan an extended stay at the beach.
The park is part of the Sydney Harbour National Park and consists of a large expanse of open, grassy area, covering 20 hectares. There is an avenue of giant, fig trees and large, mature gums are scattered throughout, providing lots of shade.
There are good facilities nearby, including clean toilets, changing rooms, outdoor showers and an historic kiosk on the beachfront that sells coffee, ice-creams and fish and chips.
For those who want to explore, the Hermitage Foreshore Walking Trail (1.8km one way) starts here.
There are also 3 short & easy, looped walking paths. Maps of the walks are shown on a large National Parks board near the Greycliffe Avenue entrance:
Glass & Bottle Point Walk (500m loop, 20 min)
Historic Greycliffe House Walk (500m loop, 30 min)
Mount Trefle Walk (500m loop, 20 min)
GETTING THERE: You’ll find free, un-timed parking along Vaucluse and Greycliffe Av. You can pretty reliably get a park mid-week and on overcast days but on a sunny weekend, it can get impossibly busy. Entry to the National Park is free.
Written 10 January 2022
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Bondi traveller
Sydney, Australia8 contributions
Dec 2021 • Solo
Forty minute wait for coffee - this cafe seems to have new ownership- despite 5-6 people serving they could not cope - only one coffee machine was working and they are clearly not experienced. Not good
Written 30 December 2021
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JElliot32
New South Wales, Australia3,811 contributions
Jan 2021
Nielsen Park has been a treasured icon for generations of Sydney families. It is a beautiful harbour beach, surrounded by bushland and with great views across the (on sunny days) sparkling waters of Sydney Harbour to the CBD and Harbour Bridge. Entry to the park is free. The water and the sand are clean and the beach is protected by a shark net. Being a harbour beach, there is no surf. It is great spot for kids, and for family picnics and events, with spacious lawns and shady spots. Now, the downside. It can get really crowded over summer, and parking in this area is very limited. Be prepared to park the car some distance from the park and walk the rest of the way. If you can handle that inconvenience, you'll have a great day.
Written 19 January 2021
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Perry B
Sydney, Australia2,679 contributions
Jan 2020
This was a beautiful Park that we actually got to experience at first hand last summer= and for the first time. It afforded excellent views of the waters of Sydney Harbour from this Easterly perspective and we were just blown away overall. The Beach itself was superb.
Written 11 November 2020
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KatkaSydney
Sydney35 contributions
Dec 2019
What a beautiful part of the world! Not only a great beach, shark net protected swimming area, part of the foreshore walk, a nice little cafe and restaurant, just a great place to unwind, have a swim, have some food and drink and enjoy the gorgeous surroundings.
Written 3 September 2020
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nnuttall1962
Wollongong, Australia10 contributions
Nov 2019
Its a lovely walk from Watsons bay to Neilson Park. Its like bushwalking in the city with wonderful views of the harbour on the way. Great place for a swim.
Written 9 July 2020
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Jane
32 contributions
Mar 2020
Best harbour beach Sydney has to offer. super safe to swim. Great for the whole family, calm clear waters, beautiful outlook, watching the big ships go by. There is a lovely cafe and restaurant for refreshments and also decent bathroom facilities as well as a sprawling park ideal for picnics
Written 28 March 2020
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juliagphillips
Sydney, Australia10 contributions
Jan 2020
it is possible to easily spend 4 or more hours at Nielsen park as thee is plenty of shade in the parkland behind the beach- only difficulty is parking so ride a vespa or take the bus! there is an incredible heritage change room with shower and a cafe to buy food. Best to go on a weekday as on the weekend it s packed with locals who stay for the day
Written 8 March 2020
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Chris D
Liston, Australia41 contributions
Feb 2020
The ultimate harbour beach surrounded by plenty of bush parkland in the middle of the city. There is also a great little coffee shop in the middle of the beach. A tourist could easy miss this with all our ocean facing beaches like Bondi, but its worth a visit, this is what makes Sydney THE most beautiful harbour in the worlds.
Written 23 February 2020
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poss
Sydney, Australia11 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
This is one of our favourite spots. However the kiosk has gone crappy and I just spent a fortune on what will essentially be seagull food as it’s horrible. Should have packed a picnic
Written 24 January 2020
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