Nielsen Park & Shark Beach

sights / Parks & gardens

Lonely Planet review

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.