Nielsen Park & Beach

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Love, Love, Love Neilsen Park. Best for great shade, family picnics with safe swimming and few waves.

This beautiful dog-free park and beach in Vaucluse is a sure fast family favourite, the gently sloping beach has a netted swimming area and is protected from waves. The surrounding natural parkland is a real beauty, and super popular for larger family gatherings. The great thing here is the number of magnificent large shady trees close to the beach to laze under and watch the boats go by. There’s a few benches along the front, but most families bring their own kit.

The lovely restaurant in the middle overlooking the bay is a spectacular spot to have breakfast or lunch and the attached cafe/kiosk, open from 8am does good coffee and light meals. In summer this park and beach is mighty popular, but if you arrive early doors (before 9am!) you’re sure to get a great spot. But in autumn and winter , especially during the week there’s no one here! So if you haven’t been to Neilsons Park for a while, maybe it’s time to get reacquainted. An excellent spot for a mothers group, or a catch up with friends. One of our favouites, Recommended.

The park is open 5am-10pm. No dogs. No open fires. Plenty of toilets and change rooms. Parking is free all day on surrounding streets, if you arrive late in summer – good luck! Team a day here with a visit to Vaucluse House round the corner.




Top Family Boxing Day Picnic Spots in Sydney | ellaslist

Dec 18 2013

[…] Nielsen Park: For most of us Sydneysiders, Boxing Day is synonymous with The Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.  If you’re keen for some yachting action, one of the best vantage points is Nielsen Park.  It’s on the foreshore of the harbour and right alongside the start line of the race. Let the kids splash in the shallows  of the netted swimming area and claim a picnic spot under the canopy of one of the many Moreton Bay Fig Trees. This park is BUSY on Boxing Day so catch the bus or just be prepared for a bit of a walk. […]