History of Nielsen Park

20 mins

896 m Return

25 m

Easy track
On this short walk, you will follow the footpaths through Nielsen Park, visiting some of the historic buildings. Walking past the beautiful Shark Bay, you may be temped to take a dip or at least stop and enjoy the blue water and sandstone boulders. Climbing up the stairs, you will then be able to explore the historic Steele Point Gun Emplacement and Greycliffe House before wandering back down to Shark Bay where you can grab a drink from the kiosk.

Maps for the History of Nielsen Park walk

You can download the PDF for this walk to print a map.
These maps below cover the walk and the wider area around the walk, they are worth carrying for safety reasons.
Sydney Heads 1:25 000 Map Series 91302N SYDNEY HEADS NSW-91302N
Sydney 1:100 000 Map Series 9130 SYDNEY 9130

Cross sectional view of the History of Nielsen Park bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the History of Nielsen Park

Overview of this walks grade – based on the AS 2156.1 – 2001

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.

Length 896 m
Time 20 mins

Grade 2/6

Easy track
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)

Some more details of this walks Grading

Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk


Around 380m of this walk is flat with no steps, whilst the remaining 70m has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track

This whole walk, 450m follows a smooth and hardened path.


This whole walk, 450m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required

This whole walk, 450m requires no previous bushwalking experience.


This whole walk, 450m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).


This whole walk, 450m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the History of Nielsen Park walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the History of Nielsen Park walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The History of Nielsen Park walk starts and ends at the Greycliffe Ave Car Park (gps: -33.850846, 151.26857)
Your transport options to Greycliffe Ave Car Park are by;
Bus. (get details)
Car. There is free parking available.
(get details)

Fire Danger

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 Forest

This walk starts in the Metropolitan weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.

Forecast snapshot

Park Information & Alerts



Short URL = http://wild.tl/honp

Gallery images
There are other downloads I am still working on.
You will probably need to login to access these — still all free.
* KML (google earth file)
* GPX (GPS file)

Special Maps/ brochures
* A3 topo maps
* PDF with Lands Topo map base
* PDF with arial image (and map overlay)
I wanted to get the main site live first, this extra stuff will come in time.
Happy walking
Matt :)