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Nielson Park

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by Brigitte Duong (subscribe)
Your average second year business student with a camera, pen and paper and way too much time on her hands.
Published August 21st 2012
Summer fast approaching and lost for ideas?
Whether you're after a quiet Sunday afternoon with the family or a romantic sunset by the beach with your special someone, Nielson Park is the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life. Located within the Sydney Harbour National Park in the Sydney suburb of Vaucluse, it is home to what many refer to as 'Shark Beach'. The site is only a 20 minute car ride away from the CBD and offers a limited number of parking spots (but if you're lucky enough to snatch one up, these are free of charge). And for all those who prefer to be driven rather than to be the one driving (myself included), do not fret. The 325 bus departs regularly from Circular Quay and it stops just metres from the park entrance.

sunset, beach
Sunset by the beach

There are no entry fees and the location is fully equipped with toilets, barbecues, drinking water and a Kiosk. What's more is that with picnic tables, shade and an unforgettable view, Nielson Park is a prime picnic spot. Bring along a few sandwiches and drinks and sit back as your lazy Sunday takes hold. Alternatively, there is a neat little café overlooking the beach that serves modern Australian cuisine from morning to late afternoon.

Australia is renowned for its natural environments and Nielson Park is definitely one of the best kept local secrets. In this day and age it is important to remember to leave the house and stretch your legs every now and then so be sure to check it out this Summer!

'Shark Beach' on a lazy afternoon
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Why? Take a break from city life
Phone: 9337 7333
Where: Vaucluse
Cost: Free
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