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Shakespheres Point loop
Time: 15 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
2.2 km NW of Vaucluse
Length: 0.7 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 0.7 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Sydney Harbour National Park
Climb: 24 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 24 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

On this short walk, you will follow a series of footpaths to Shark Bay and head up some sandstone steps to the great views of Shakespheres Point. Since you are up on this headland, it is worth doing a loop around before heading back down to the main area of Nielsen Park. Make a day of it by staying for a swim and a bite to eat. (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 Shakespheres Point loop

Map of Walk

Location

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Greycliffe Ave Car Park
Mid Nielsen Park Int
Mid Nielsen Park Int
Shakespheres Point int
Bottle and Glass Clearing
Roundabout gate
Shakespheres Point int
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 +
 
Welcome to Nielsen Park
 
Welcome to Nielsen Park +

 
Rocks and trees in Nielsen Park
 
Rocks and trees in Nielsen Park +
 
Shark Bay Beach
 
Shark Bay Beach +
 
Nielsen Park Cafe
 
Nielsen Park Cafe +

 
Steps below Shakespheres Point
 
Steps below Shakespheres Point +
 
Sandstone Steps
 
Sandstone Steps +
 
Shakespheres Point
 
Shakespheres Point +

 
View over Shark Bay from Shakespheres Point
 
View over Shark Bay from Shakespheres Point +
 
Path Between Shakespheres Point and Bottle and Glass
 
Path Between Shakespheres Point and Bottle and Glass +
 
Well formeed Path
 
Well formeed Path +

 
Bottle and Glass Clearing
 
Bottle and Glass Clearing +
 
Path leading towards road
 
Path leading towards road +
 
Just near the int of Greycliffe Ave and Coolong Rd
 
Just near the int of Greycliffe Ave and Coolong Rd +

 
Path ramping up from gate
 
Path ramping up from gate +
 
Looking towards Shakespheres Point
 
Looking towards Shakespheres Point +
 
Steps towards Shark Bay from Shakespheres Point
 
Steps towards Shark Bay from Shakespheres Point +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Shakespheres Point loop bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Shakespheres Point loop bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Shakespheres Point loop bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Shakespheres Point loop 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 660m
Time 15 mins
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Grade 2/6

Walk: Easy
AS 2156.1 Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Quality of track Smooth and hardened path (1/6)
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 450m of this walk is flat with no steps, whilst the remaining 210m has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track
This whole walk, 660m follows a smooth and hardened path.

Signs
This whole walk, 660m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 660m requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 660m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
This whole walk, 660m 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.
(Links currently not working sorry)
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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
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

(0 km) Greycliffe Ave Car Park to Mid Nielsen Park Int
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - servicetrail
Length = 69 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -2 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.

(0.07 km) Mid Nielsen Park Int to Nielsen Park Cafe
Optional sidetrip: Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 127 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -5 m
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].
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn left to continue along this walk.)

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

(0.07 km) Mid Nielsen Park Int to Shakespheres Point int
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 52 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 7 m Descent = 0 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads along the path, past the bins and towards the staircase[14](keeping the water to your left). The walk heads up the sandstone staircase, passing the female toilet block[15] along the way, to a three-way intersection[16] near a grassy clearing and Shakespheres Point[17].

(0.12 km) Shakespheres Point int to Bottle and Glass Clearing
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 143 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 5 m Descent = -5 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the sealed path around the side of the hill, keeping the water and grassy clearing to your left[18]. Soon the path leads through a grove of trees and past a group of garbage bins[19] before coming to another grassy clearing with some bench seats[20] and views - this is Bottle and Glass clearing.

(0.26 km) Bottle and Glass Clearing to Roundabout gate
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 171 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 4 m Descent = -6 m
Continue straight: From the clearing[21], this walk heads away from the garbage bins, following the sealed path as it bends right[22] (keeping the water to your left). The path heads gently downhill[23] past the back of some houses[24] and comes to an intersection and locked gate[25] (near the intersection of Greycliffe Ave and Coolong Rd).

(0.44 km) Roundabout gate to Greycliffe Ave Car Park
Walk: Easy - footpath,bushtrack,servicetrail
Length = 226 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 8 m Descent = -10 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads up the steeper path away from the gate (initially keeping the 'Sydney Harbour National Park - Nielsen Park' sign[26] to your right). The path heads up a short, but moderately steep section[27] and soon flattens out, wandering through a grassy clearing[28]. As the path comes into view of the water, it leads to a three-way intersection[29] (with steps on the left) just before Shakespheres Point[30].
Turn left : From the intersection, this walk heads down the stairs. The steps lead past the female toilet block[31] and continues down to the open parkland area of Nielsen Park. The walk continues past the bin to a four-way intersection[32].
Turn left: 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[33] 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)
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
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
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Getting there

Plan your trip to the start of the walk and back from the end of the walk

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Public Transport Timetables

To the start of the walk

From
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney
From the end of the walk

To
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney

Driving Directions
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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 Shakespheres Point loop.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Shakespheres Point loop
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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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A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

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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