Nielsen Park

If you’re looking for some fun in the sun, but want to be able to find some shade when you need it, then Nielsen Park is the place for you. This magnificent park is located on the foreshore of Sydney Harbour, at Vaucluse in the eastern suburbs, and is part of Sydney Harbour National Park. It was established as a public reserve in 1911, and boasts spacious, shady parklands for peaceful walks and shark net-protected beach for all ages in summer.


A stroll around this park is anything but average. On the contrary, it is home to some of the most elegant and pristine homes you’ve ever seen. The palace-like architectural designs of these homes make them unique and memorable, and their hidden location at Vaucluse only adds to their lure. Enjoy a walk through this amazing park with magnificent giant moreton bay figs located throughout.


The beach at Nielsen Park offers visitors the chance to take a peaceful stroll along the shoreline or a carefree swim in the inviting waters. There is no need to worry about sharks because the beach is secured by a shark-proof net during summer.

It is a harbour beach which means peaceful, calm waters with gentle waves from passing ferries and boats. You have a perfect view of the huge, old trees that make up the edge of Sydney Harbour National Park, and there is a quaint little bushwalk that starts off from the southern end of the beach. This is considered to be one of the best beaches in the Sydney Harbour foreshore, and residents and visitor’s flock here all year round and is very busy in summer.

Nielsen Park Cafe and Restaurant

While some visitors prefer to bring a picnic lunch with them, many others choose to dine at the park’s café or restaurant. The café is located in a quaint old cottage-type building that brings you back in time to swimming days gone by at the beach. You can also find some great picnicking spots all around the park.

The café is open seven days a week for breakfast and lunch and the restaurant for lunch Saturday and Sundays and dinner Friday and Saturday nights (subject to seasonal confirmation).

This venue can also be booked for weddings and functions. Nielsen Park is recognised as one of the best places to hold a waterfront wedding reception.

Other Things to Do

Nielsen Park is one of the best places to see the incredible yachts that take part in the annual Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. Sit and enjoy their brilliance as they sail through South Head before heading off towards Tasmania.

Along the heritage foreshore, you can take a stunning 1.5 km walk through the bushland, or do a little climbing and have a picnic on the rocky ledges that surround the beach while enjoying a panoramic view of Port Jackson.

These amazing photos of Nielsen Park are courtesy of Tourism New South Wales.

From Kerry at Parks in Sydney.

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  1. I have been living in Sydney for the past 17 years and I never heard of Nielsen Park. The way you describe it shows another part of Sydney that I need to go and experience.

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  2. Hi Padraig

    You don’t know what you are missing. Growing up, Nielsen Park was one of my favourite places to visit in school holidays and on the weekends. There used to be a pontoon you could swim out to, and if I sat there for too long, I would start to feel seasick.

  3. There are also a few easy walks within Nielsen Park – to Milk Beach, Mt Trefle, Bottle and Glass Rocks. It’s such a lovely area and the surrounding bush is a reminder of what the Eastern Suburbs must have been like pre development

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