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Rose Bay to Nielsen Park Walk

The Rose Bay to Nielsen Park Walk is a hidden gem for outdoor enthusiasts who love to enjoy Sydney’s beautiful coastal trail; featuring beautiful beaches, stunning parks and picturesque bays; all while displaying the majestic views of the city’s skyline and the harbour in the background.

The walk from Rose Bay to Watsons Bay is about four kilometres long, so allow for 3-4 hours to complete the walk – all depending on your fitness level.

Rose Bay to Nielsen Park Walk, Distance, Walking Map & Start, Sydney

Start the walk at Rose Bay Wharf in Lyne Park before heading along the foreshore promenade. Follow the signage to Percival Park; a tranquil setting that makes for a perfect stopover. Watch the numerous wading birds as you rest and marvel at the park’s biodiversity.

From this park, you can follow the signage to take on the Hermitage Foreshore Scenic Walk. This is a 1.4km long walk that rewards hikers with some of the most spectacular harbour views. This walk gives hikers a whole new appreciation for nature as it features woodlands, rainforest and coves that are ideal for fishing.

As you walk to Nielsen Park, you’ll start to notice the native heathland. Take some time to visit Strickland House, which was once a public hospital, but today is a public park from where you can catch stunning views of the Harbour Bridge and the iconic Sydney landmark, the Opera House. The beach area also has fantastic spots that are perfect for picnicking, with its pristine white sands and clear waters making it the ideal beach escape.

Make sure you take on the loop walkout that borders the Bottle and Glass Rocks. This short walk, just about 10 minutes long, has excellent views from where you can take excellent photos.

From Nielsen Park, you can also proceed to Watson Bay, a couple of hours away. The Rose Bay to Nielsen Park Walk has an easy grade; the kids can even along for an outdoor adventure. Note that dogs are not allowed on the trail.

The walk is easily accessible by bus and makes stopovers at easy-to-access points along the walk.

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