Nielsen Park & Shark Beach
Vaucluse House is an imposing, turreted specimen of Gothic Australiana set amid 10 hectares of lush gardens. The house was started in...
A hidden gem, this little bay has a calm swimming beach, a lawn dotted with sandstone sculptures for picnics and play, and a cute...
Little Shark Island off Rose Bay makes a great picnic getaway, but there's not a lot here except for toilets and drinking water – and at...
Doyles on the Beach
There may well be better places for seafood, but few can compete with Doyles’ location or its history – this restaurant first opened in...
Vaucluse Rd · interesting places nearby
Nielsen Park & Shark Beach information
If in need of a swim, Will Wentworth would no doubt have strolled down to Shark Beach in Nielsen Park, once part of the then 206-hectare Vaucluse House estate. Despite the beach's ominous name, there's really nothing to worry about – there's a shark net to put paranoid swimmers at ease.
Today the park and Greycliffe House, a beautiful 1851 Gothic sandstone pile (not open to visitors), are surrounded by a section of Sydney Harbour National Park. Visit on a weekday when it’s not too busy: just mums, kids, oldies and people taking sickies from work.