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Nielsen Park Circuit
Time: 40 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
2.2 km NW of Vaucluse
Length: 1.8 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 1.8 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Sydney Harbour National Park
Climb: 54 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 54 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk There is a bus stop within 2km of the start and end of this walk
Style: Circuit
Walk: Easy

With much to offer, this walk is a great way to explore the history, water, views and bushland of Nielsen Park. This walk first leads past Shark Bay - a great place for a swim - with the chance to enjoy the views and grab a bite to eat from the cafe. Then, it's up some steps to visit the historic gun emplacement and onto Greycliffe House. Then you head up through the bush over 'Mt Trefle' and take a short walk along Vaucluse Rd, bringing you back into Nielsen Park. (open in app)


There are closures in Sydney Harbour National Park
Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Nielsen Park Circuit

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Nielsen Park Circuit
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Greycliffe Ave Car Park
Mid Nielsen Park Int
Nielsen Park Cafe
Western end of Shark Bay
Western end of Shark Bay
Degaussing range
Degaussing range
Greycliffe House
NP Workshop driveway
Boomgate on Vaucluse Rd
Southern end of Nielsen Park
Nielsen Park Cafe
Mid Nielsen Park Int
Starting point for this hiking track: Greycliffe Ave Car Park

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795   www.lands.nsw.gov.au

Maps that cover the walk area (please always carry maps of the area)

Print a map and track notes here
 Sydney Heads 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91302N 
 Sydney 1:100 000 Map Series 9130 

Photo Gallery

 
Greycliffe Ave Car Park
 
Greycliffe Ave Car Park +
 
Main Nielsen Park entrance
 
Main Nielsen Park entrance +
 
Shark Bay Beach
 
Shark Bay Beach +

 
Track behind Shark Bay Beach
 
Track behind Shark Bay Beach +
 
Nielsen Park Cafe
 
Nielsen Park Cafe +
 
Swimming net at Shark Bay
 
Swimming net at Shark Bay +

 
Western end of Shark Bay
 
Western end of Shark Bay +
 
Looking down footpath to Shark Bay
 
Looking down footpath to Shark Bay +
 
Path between Shark Bay and the Degaussing Station Range
 
Path between Shark Bay and the Degaussing Station Range +

 
Degaussing Station Range
 
Degaussing Station Range +
 
Steele Point Gun Emplacement
 
Steele Point Gun Emplacement +
 
Intersection at the degaussing Station
 
Intersection at the degaussing Station +

 
Greycliffe House
 
Greycliffe House +
 
Window at Greycliffe House
 
Window at Greycliffe House +
 
Steps leading to Mt Trefle from Greycliffe House
 
Steps leading to Mt Trefle from Greycliffe House +

 
Steps on the Mt Trefle Track
 
Steps on the Mt Trefle Track +
 
Track over Mt Trefle
 
Track over Mt Trefle +
 
Track over Mt Trefle
 
Track over Mt Trefle +

 
Sign near the top of Mt Trefle
 
Sign near the top of Mt Trefle +
 
NPWS Workshop Driveway
 
NPWS Workshop Driveway +
 
Driveway leading to Vaucluse Rd
 
Driveway leading to Vaucluse Rd +

 
Sign on Vaucluse Rd
 
Sign on Vaucluse Rd +
 
Walking along Vaucluse Rd
 
Walking along Vaucluse Rd +
 
Steps at the southern end of Nielsen Park
 
Steps at the southern end of Nielsen Park +

 
Path leading through Nielsen Park
 
Path leading through Nielsen Park +
 
House in Nielsen Park
 
House in Nielsen Park +
 
Path leading behind the cafe at Shark Bay
 
Path leading behind the cafe at Shark Bay +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Nielsen Park Circuit bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Nielsen Park Circuit bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Nielsen Park Circuit bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Nielsen Park Circuit bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
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Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 1.8km
Time 40 mins
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Grade 2/6

Walk: Easy
AS 2156.1 Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Signs Clearly signposted (1/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
Gradient
Around 1km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps, whilst the remaining 720m is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
Around 1.1km of this walk follows a smooth and hardened path, whilst the remaining 630m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
This whole walk, 1.8km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 1.8km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 1.8km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
This whole walk, 1.8km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Catch the bus to Greycliffe Ave Car Park
Public transport (bus) available to this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip to the end of this walk.
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Drive to Greycliffe Ave Car Park
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
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(0 km) Greycliffe Ave Car Park to Nielsen Park Cafe
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - servicetrail,footpath
Length = 196 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -7 m
From the lower end of the car park on Greycliffe Ave, this walk heads around the gate and along the sealed path (driveway) towards the water, passing the 'Sydney Harbour National Park' sign[1]. After ≈50m, the path leads to a four-way intersection just past the garbage bins.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads towards the water following the wide path[2]. The path soon bends left (near the toilet block, on the right[3]) and heads behind the beach, past the large information sign[4]. Soon the path heads over the 'Dressing Pavilion' tunnel[5] and, ≈50m later, comes to the front of the Nielsen Park Cafe[6] with it's great water views[7].

Shark Bay Alt = 2 m
Located at the northern end of Nielsen Park, this beach faces north across Sydney Harbour. The sandy beach offers a swimming net enclosure[8], public toilets[9][10] and change rooms[11], showers[12] and is a popular place for people to simply relax. The beach is a focal point of Nielsen Park and also boasts a cafe[13]. Protected by the harbour, there is no surf at this beach. The beach is not patrolled. This is a lovely spot, with natural shade not far from the beach.

Nielsen Park Cafe Alt = 3 m
Open 8-5 daily, this historic cafe offers inside seating and a range of meals, including breakfast, sandwiches and hot food. This is one of a number of buildings in Nielsen Park which are available for functions. For further enquiries, contact 9337 1574. More info

(0.2 km) Nielsen Park Cafe to Western end of Shark Bay
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 86 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From Nielsen Park Cafe, this walk heads the short distance along the path in front of the cafe and behind the beach (keeping the water to your right)[14]. The path heads past the 'William Albert Notting'[15] and 'Niels R.W. Nielsen, MLA'[16] memorial[17] (on your left) to soon find a four-way intersection (at the base of some steps) at the eastern end of Shark Bay[18].

(0.28 km) Western end of Shark Bay to Greycliffe House
Alternate Route: Walk: Easy - footpath ( Show detail)
Length = 92 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 13 m Descent = 0 m
Turn sharp left: From the intersection, this walk heads directly away from the water[19] and up the path then steps[20], towards the grand building on top of the hill (not following the 'Hermitage Forest Walking track' sign[21]). The path heads past the sandstone toilet block[22] (on your right) and then at the top of the hill, the path bends to the right, in front of the 'Greycliffe House' information sign[23], coming to the driveway and a four-way intersection, in front of Greycliffe House[24].
Continue straight to rejoin the main walk, following the notes from 0.45km 'Greycliffe House'.

(0.28 km) Western end of Shark Bay to Degaussing range
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 68 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 11 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Hermitage Foreshore Walking Track' sign[25] up the stairs. The path soon flattens out though the open grassy area, and heads up a few more steps to come to an intersection with a road (driveway) next to the fenced degaussing range (on your right)[26].

Degaussing range Alt = 14 m
This degaussing range, found at Steele Point, was constructed in 1960 and is still operated by the Royal Australian Navy today. Degaussing is the process of removing (or at least reducing) a magnetic field. This degaussing range services four areas in the harbour (about 500m from the building)[27], where metal ships passing over will be automatically de-magnetised[28]. Why? Mostly to prevent the triggering of seabed mines[29]. More info

(0.35 km) Degaussing range to Steele Point Gun Emplacement
Optional sidetrip: Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 52 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -7 m
Turn sharp right: From the intersection, this walk heads up the driveway, keeping the degaussing range fence just to your left[30]. At the end of the driveway, the walk heads across the grass[31] to find the Steele Point Gun Emplacement[32] just behind the degaussing range. Beware of the unfenced drop into the emplacement[33].
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn left to continue along this walk.)

Steele Point Gun Emplacement Alt = 7 m
Construction of this initial emplacement took about three years and was completed in 1874[34]. The sandstone pit once had a steel dome (to protect from shells) and was part of a series of gun emplacements protecting from the threat of invasion. Today, you will find a series of tall sandstone channels[35] and the circular pit where the main gun once stood[36]. A set of un-railed steps leads into the pit - please take care in the area, as the pit is not fenced.

(0.35 km) Degaussing range to Greycliffe House
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - road
Length = 98 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 4 m Descent = -2 m
Turn left: From the degaussing range, this walk follows the 'Greycliffe House' sign[37] along the road (driveway), following the tall hedge. The road soon leads past a small car park[38] and then bends right, entering into the grounds of Greycliffe House[39]. Just past the small sandstone wall[40], the road comes to a four-way intersection (with some steps on the right and an information sign on the left)[41].

Greycliffe House Alt = 16 m
Greycliffe House was completed in 1851 by John Reeve, son-in-law to the explorer W C Wentworth. The house was unoccupied between 1898 and 1911, when it was taken over by the State Government and used as a baby hospital and Tresillian mothercraft home in to the 1930s. Many of the plantings are from this era. Today, the building is home to the Sydney Harbour South office of the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, and is one of few remaining examples of gothic architecture in Sydney.[42] More info

(0.45 km) Greycliffe House to NP Workshop driveway
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 543 m Time = 12 mins
Climb = 30 m Descent = -12 m
Turn right: From in front of Greycliffe House, this walk follows the 'Vaucluse Rd Via Mt Trefle' sign[43] up the steps. The track soon bends left and heads high past Greycliffe House and a 'Surviving the City' information sign[44]. The track then gently winds through the bush over Mt Trefle (the high point, but not very high), coming to a 'Greycliffe House' sign[45] pointing back along the track, just near the back of the fenced workshop. Here the walk continues to generally follow the fence around the NP workshop. Heading along the side of the workshop, there is a view of some houses on Vaucluse Rd. At the front of the workshop, this walk turns left to follow the driveway down to find a 'T' intersection with a wider road (driveway).

(0.99 km) NP Workshop driveway to Boomgate on Vaucluse Rd
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - road
Length = 57 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -3 m
Turn left : From the intersection, this walk follows the wide driveway towards Vaucluse Rd and the boom gate[46] (Keeping the fence and grassy clearing on your right). The walk heads around the boom gate and past the 'Sydney Harbour National Park - Nielsen Park' sign[47], coming to an intersection with Vaucluse Rd.

(1.05 km) Boomgate on Vaucluse Rd to Southern end of Nielsen Park
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 85 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -3 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Nielsen Park Entrance 400' sign[48] along the side of Vaucluse Rd (or crosses to the footpath on the other side) and soon comes to an intersection at the top of some steps (on your left) at the southern end of Nielsen Park.

(1.13 km) Southern end of Nielsen Park to Greycliffe Ave Car Park
Walk: Easy - footpath,servicetrail
Length = 631 m Time = 11 mins
Climb = 7 m Descent = -27 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk heads down the steps[49], along the footpath and through the open park[50]. The walk ignores the side tracks and, after ≈210m, the path leads past an old house, then continues past more side tracks to find the back of the Nielsen Park Cafe[51]. Here, the walk heads to the front of the cafe[52] to find Shark Bay and the beach[53].
Turn right: From Nielsen Park Cafe, this walk heads along the path, keeping the beach and water to your left. After ≈50m, the path heads over the 'Dressing Pavilion' tunnel[54] and soon passes a large information sign[55]. At the sign, the path bends right and then comes to a four-way intersection near a large number of garbage bins[56].
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the wide sealed path (driveway) directly away from the water, past the garbage bins. The path soon leads past the 'Sydney Harbour National Park' sign[57] and through the gate to Greycliff Ave.

Catch the bus from Greycliffe Ave Car Park
Public transport (bus) available from this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip from the end of this walk.
(Links currently not working sorry)
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Drive from Greycliffe Ave Car Park
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
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Getting there

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Manly
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Hornsby
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Near by



Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Outdoor Equipment 60 Spring St , Bondi Junction (02) 9389 8122 5 km
Inski 46 York St , Sydney (02) 9233 3200 6.1 km
Mitchells Adventure 81 York St , Sydney (02) 9299 6321 6.1 km
Venus Repair Workshop Suite 36a 104 Bathurst St , Sydney (02) 9267 0706 6.2 km
Wildsports Upper Floor 447 Kent St , Sydney (02) 9264 2095 6.4 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Nielsen Park Circuit.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Nielsen Park Circuit
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5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
20 km (to the NW)
1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 20 km (to the SW)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 29 km (to the NNW)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 34 km (to the WNW)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 46 km (to the N)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
This walk passes Greater Sydney Region fire area which currently has a LOW MODERATE rating and No fire ban in place.
(Tomorrow the Fire Danger Rating is LOW MODERATE, No fire ban.) (Downloaded 2 years ago)
Please Note: Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather and Climate
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
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Sydney Harbour National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page
One of Sydney's most diverse parks, Sydney Harbour National Park is formed from 11 pockets of harbour islands and shoreline. Highlights include coastal walks and swimming, breath-taking viewpoints, tours of colonial buildings and Aboriginal cave art.
Region: Sydney & Surrounds
Park fees Camping Facilities
Current Park Closure information for Sydney Harbour National Park
Closure information last downloaded Sunday 27th of September 2015 07:00 AM
Closed areas: Park closure sunset to sunrise for pest management
Pest management activities are taking place between sunset and sunrise at the following selected sites within Sydney Harbour National Park. Please abide by all park signage. Closed areas are:​
  • Middle Head
  • North Head
  • Quarantine Station
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact Bobbin Head Information Centre (02) 9472 8949 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Closed areas: Shark Island upcoming closures
Shark Island in Sydney Harbour will be closed to public access due to essential wharf repairs on the following dates:
16 to 17 September 2015
24 to 27 September 2015.

Other incidents: Sydney Harbour National Park accommodation
Constables, Green Point and Steele Point Cottages are no longer available for accomodation bookings. New options are being considered for the conservation, management and use of these buildings.

Closed areas: Collins Flat Beach unavailable for venue hire
Collins Flat Beach is currently unavailable for venue hire due to the impact of high visitation on the critical habitat found at this location. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Mosman office on (02) 9960 6266 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.


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