Nielsen Park, Sydney

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    Nielsen Park

    by Holgs_in_Syd Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Shark Beach

    Nielson Park is a small park that is part of Sydney National Park. It is a secluded little park and has a nice walk from the entrance to the park through to Shark Beach. Shark beach has a shark net to keep sharks OUT - not that there are many sharks around Syd Harbour these days anyway. At Shark Beach there is a nice little cafe which has food, coffee and great picnic areas.

    There is a short (30min) walk through the park which has spectacular views of the whole bay including the Harbour Bridge. This goes from the end of Bayview Hill Rd (off New South Head Rd) along the foreshore and ends at Shark Beach.... where you can relax for a coffee :)... you could of course do it the other way around and start at the entrance to Nielsen Park on Greycliffe Ave

    Nielson Park would have to be one of my favourite spots in Sydney - I take visitors there whenever they come up. It is also handy to other interesting landmarks such as Vaulcluse house and Wentworth house. Its obvious that our early settlers knew where the best bits of Sydney were!

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    Shark Bay/Nielsen Park

    by leffe3 Updated Oct 8, 2009

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    Yet another of the spectacular Sydney Harbour beaches, Shark Bay belies its name as it has a shark net to ensure safe swimming. It's a fairly small beach and is part of the bushy Nielsen Park in the exclusive Vaucluse suburb, a few minutes walk from Vaucluse House.

    The attraction is that it doesn't get too busy (limited parking and only a couple of buses), clean clean waters, plenty of shade and grass offered by the parkland, toilets, a good-quality licensed cafe which offers sandwiches and pies through to full meals, toilets.

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    Nielsen Park

    by iandsmith Updated Jun 23, 2009

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    In the harbour area there are beaches not affected by the ocean swells. Nielsen Park sort of falls between those and the ocean beaches inasmuch as when there are big swells running, Nielsen Park gets a surf break due to its proximity to the harbour entrance.
    However, most of the time it's calm like this and makes an ideal place (with its shark proof net) for a dip during those balmy summer days.
    There are lots of other things to do here and going for a walk (signposted) to nearby Rose Bay is one of them. Shown here (pics 2 & 4) are some of the views on the way. You should allow about 2 hours for a quick return trip.
    Nielsen Park is at the foot of the eastern suburb called Vaucluse, just around from Bondi.

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