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Published September 10th 2012
Sydney's Popular Weekend Destination
One of the city's most popular weekend destinations, Shark Beach is surrounded by Nielsen Park with large fig trees, which offer plenty of shade on hot summer days.

Shark Beach is protected so there are no waves and is shark netted and suitable for swimming, snorkelling and families with young children. Above the beach is a promenade where children can ride their scooters and bikes. Toilets and water taps are available near the beach.

Nielsen Park Kiosk, located between Shark Beach and Nielsen Park is open daily not only for breakfast, snacks, lunches and ice cream, but also doubles as a much sought after reception venue.

For breakfast, you will find old favourites such as baby panini w scrambled eggs & smoked salmon, spanish omelette w chorizo & avocado salsa, eggs Benedict, poached eggs & ham on an English muffin, semi dried tomatoes, ricotta, spinach & poached eggs.

Lunch menu includes baguette with veal, gruyere, tomato jam and leaves, Nielsen park seafood chowder, sticky osso bucco with Cannelini beans and roasted winter vegetables, Moroccan braised lamb shanks in a spiced cous cous. For children, you can order hand cut & rolled chicken tenderloins with chips & salad or Shark Beach fish & chips.

Best way to get to the park is by car and there is unrestricted parking on local streets, although it can be difficult to find a parking spot, especially on the weekends and in summer. As such, it is a good idea to arrive early or catch a bus. Bus number 325 stops at the end of Vaucluse Road.

The beach faces Shark Bay and is one of the best vantage points to watch the start of the annual Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

If you haven't yet visited this stunning beach, why not add it to your to-do list. It is the perfect spot for a family outing or a special date.

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Why? Popular family beach
When: All year round
Where: Greycliffe Avenue, Vaucluse
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Hi Karen,
I am thinking of organising a picnic with 6 young families on Saturday the 12th of Jan. I read many reviews which says parking can be a hassle. Do you think mid-day would be too late for us to find parking? If yes, could you please suggest how early should we go. I know it depends on other people visiting the park but I would just like to approximately estimate. Thank you for your help.
by monik (score: 0|4) 2771 days ago
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