Shakespheres Point Loop
Cadigal & Birrabirragal Country

15 min to 30 min

650 m
circuit

↑ 18 m
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Easy track
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. Let us begin by acknowledging the Cadigal & Birrabirragal people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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Greycliffe Ave Car Park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Main Nielsen Park entrance. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Welcome to Nielsen Park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Rocks and trees in Nielsen Park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Shark Bay Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Nielsen Park Cafe. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Steps below Shakespheres Point. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Sandstone Steps. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Shakespheres Point. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
View over Shark Bay from Shakespheres Point. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Path Between Shakespheres Point and Bottle and Glass . | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Well formeed Path. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Bottle and Glass Clearing. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Path leading towards road. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Just near the int of Greycliffe Ave and Coolong Rd. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Path ramping up from gate. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Looking towards Shakespheres Point. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Steps towards Shark Bay from Shakespheres Point. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start At the intersection of Promenade Road & Greycliffe Avenue (-33.8508408,151.2685607)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Broadway, A22
  • Turn on to Wattle Street then drive for 640 m
  • Turn right onto William Henry Street and drive for another 300 m
  • Continue onto Pier Street and drive for another 450 m
  • Turn left onto Harbour Street and drive for another 150 m
  • Keep right onto Cross City Tunnel Onramp and drive for another 8.2 km
  • Turn left onto Vaucluse Road and drive for another 1.4 km
  • Turn left onto Greyville Avenue and drive for another 310 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
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. After ≈50m, the path leads to a four-way intersection just past the garbage bins.....
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Promenade Road & Greycliffe Avenue Start heading along Promenade Road (a service road).
Find the Nielsen Park at the start.
After another 8 m (at the intersection of Promenade Road & Fig Tree Road) continue straight, to head along Promenade Road.
After another 90 m find the "Nielsen Park Cafe" (150 m on your left).
Nielsen Park Cafe
Nielsen Park Cafe

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.
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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.

Then find the "Shark Bay" (105 m on your left).
Shark Bay
Shark Bay

Located at the northern end of Nielsen Park, this beach faces north across Sydney Harbour. The sandy beach offers a swimming net enclosure, public toilets and change rooms, showers and is a popular place for people to simply relax. The beach is a focal point of Nielsen Park and also boasts a cafe. 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.
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Located at the northern end of Nielsen Park, this beach faces north across Sydney Harbour. The sandy beach offers a swimming net enclosure, public toilets and change rooms, showers and is a popular place for people to simply relax. The beach is a focal point of Nielsen Park and also boasts a cafe. 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.

Then pass the toilet (100 m on your left)., female.
Then pass the toilet (80 m on your left)., male.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Nielsen Park Cafe. To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip turn sharp right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
Turn right.
After another 20 m head down the steps (about 20 m long)
Then pass the toilet (20 m on your left).
After another 25 m continue straight, to head along Bottle and Glass Road.
After another 100 m pass the "Shakespeares Point" (60 m on your left).

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After another 20 m continue straight, to head along Bottle and Glass Road.
After another 90 m continue straight, to head along Bottle and Glass Road.
After another 105 m turn right, to head along Bottle and Glass Road.
After another 110 m turn sharp left.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Nielsen Park Cafe. To start this optional side trip turn right here. On returning from this side trip turn sharp left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 55 m turn left, to head along Promenade Road.
After another 45 m (at the intersection of Fig Tree Road & Promenade Road) continue straight, to head along Promenade Road.
After another 10 m come to the end.

An optional side trip to Nielsen Park Cafe.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along Promenade Road.
Find the Nielsen Park at the start.
After another 120 m come to a toilet., male.
Then find the "Shark Bay" (20 m on your right).
Shark Bay
Shark Bay

Located at the northern end of Nielsen Park, this beach faces north across Sydney Harbour. The sandy beach offers a swimming net enclosure, public toilets and change rooms, showers and is a popular place for people to simply relax. The beach is a focal point of Nielsen Park and also boasts a cafe. 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.
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Located at the northern end of Nielsen Park, this beach faces north across Sydney Harbour. The sandy beach offers a swimming net enclosure, public toilets and change rooms, showers and is a popular place for people to simply relax. The beach is a focal point of Nielsen Park and also boasts a cafe. 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.

After another 10 m come to the end.
About 20 m past the end is "Nielsen Park Cafe".
Nielsen Park Cafe
Nielsen Park Cafe

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.
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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.

Turn around and retrace your steps back the 130 m to the main route.
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Terrain
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Shakespheres Point Loop


Grading
Class 2/6
Easy track
Length 650 m
Time 15 min to 30 min
Quality of track Smooth and hardened path (1/6)
Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There are 3 on route, on average they are 165 m apart with the largest gap of 550 m.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
95 m[toilet]
Toilet
105 m[toilet]
Toilet
105 m[toilet]
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