What to do and where to stay in Nielsen Park

Nielsen Park, in Sydney’s Vaucluse, has been attracting people to its stunning grounds for generations. With its sweeping lawns — perfect for picnics — and scattered historic buildings, Nielsen Park is also home to the glorious, sheltered bay they call Shark Beach. It’s perfect for swimming!

Just a casual stroll from Nielsen Park is Steele Point Cottage. Owned and operated by National Parks, Steele Point Cottage dates back to 1880 and once housed those who were protecting Sydney Harbour from potential invasion. The cottage has recently undergone a stunning renovation, while remaining sympathetic to its historic roots. Available to the general public (for short stays) the cottage features a master bedroom, large, open-plan living areas, and a free-standing bathtub. Out front, there are million-dollar views of the city and iconic buildings, including the Opera House.

When you stay at Steele Point Cottage, Nielsen Park and Shark Beach are just a stone’s throw away. There’s also the 1.8-kilometre Hermitage Track, spanning the harbour and offering more breathtaking views.

The cottage has a fully equipped kitchen, but should you feel like dining out, the Nielsen restaurant offers guests both casual and fine dining options. There’s the kiosk for outside dining and the main restaurant inside. As you’d expect, the menu is heavy on seafood, with stand-out offerings including kingfish ceviche, mussels, oysters and octopus. Other dishes include a classic burger, haloumi salad and grain-fed beef Scotch fillet. A meal here looking out over the harbour is an absolute treat.

Accommodation Deal at Steele Point Cottage:
Book 3 nights and save 20%
(Valid September 1 – November 28, 2019)