The Beach Guide

Nielsen Park Beach (Shark Beach)

Don’t let the name scare you off, but Shark beach in Nielsen Park is one of Sydney’s very finest beaches. Not only do you not have to worry about sharks (the beach is netted) it is also tucked away on the sheltered side of South Head meaning there are no Pacific waves to knock you off your feet. Combine this with great views over the harbour towards the city and you have the makings of a perfect day at the beach.

Shark beach in Nielsen Park has a very different feel to it from the other beaches of the nearby eastern suburbs. This is definitely a family beach and as the name suggests it is in an area of parkland so there is plenty of grass to lounge and picnic on. It is somewhat cosier too, with a backdrop of trees providing plenty of opportunities to grab some shade. It can get a little too cosy as the tide comes in and the sand retreats, though there is still plenty of grass to sit on.

In case you have decided that this is in fact the ideal Sydney beach for you and all your family, a quick addendum. The shark nets are taken down between mid-May to mid-September - so you’ll be forgiven if the idea of taking a dip somewhere named shark beach seems a little less appealing!

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Nielsen Park Beach Weather Info

Tue 28th
Partly cloudy 27°C / 81°F
Wed 29th
Fair 26°C / 79°F
Thu 30th
Clear sky 28°C / 82°F
Fri 31st
Clear sky 28°C / 82°F
Sat 01st
Clear sky 28°C / 82°F
Sun 02nd
Clear sky 36°C / 97°F

5 Day Nielsen Park Beach UV Index

UV Index scale

A UV Index reading of 3 or more means some precautions should be taken. For more information visit our guide to the UV Index.

Temperature Averages

Average Water Temp

Nielsen Park Beach tide times & sea state

  • Tue 28/01 »
    Surf report for Tue 28/01
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    5:00 5ft 7s  °  ° 14mph
    11:00 5ft 7s  °  ° 10mph
    17:00 5ft 7s  °  ° 13mph
    Tide times
    Low 5:26am (0.35m)
    High 11:43am (1.72m)
    Low 6:14pm (0.15m)
    Daylight
    First light05:43
    Sunrise06:10
    Sunset20:04
    Dark20:31
  • Wed 29/01 »
    Surf report for Wed 29/01
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    5:00 6ft 6s  °  ° 22mph
    11:00 5ft 6s  °  ° 14mph
    17:00 4ft 11s  °  ° 14mph
    Tide times
    High 12:20am (1.39m)
    Low 6:04am (0.36m)
    High 12:18pm (1.66m)
    Low 6:46pm (0.19m)
    Daylight
    First light05:44
    Sunrise06:11
    Sunset20:03
    Dark20:30
  • Thu 30/01 »
    Surf report for Thu 30/01
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    5:00 3ft 15s  °  ° 6mph
    11:00 3ft 14s  °  ° 7mph
    17:00 3ft 14s  °  ° 15mph
    Tide times
    High 12:55am (1.41m)
    Low 6:44am (0.39m)
    High 12:55pm (1.58m)
    Low 7:19pm (0.24m)
    Daylight
    First light05:45
    Sunrise06:12
    Sunset20:02
    Dark20:30
  • Fri 31/01 »
    Surf report for Fri 31/01
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    5:00 5ft 6s  °  ° 21mph
    11:00 5ft 6s  °  ° 21mph
    17:00 7ft 7s  °  ° 27mph
    Tide times
    High 1:33am (1.43m)
    Low 7:29am (0.43m)
    High 1:34pm (1.49m)
    Low 7:55pm (0.30m)
    Daylight
    First light05:46
    Sunrise06:13
    Sunset20:02
    Dark20:29
  • Sat 01/02 »
    Surf report for Sat 01/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    5:00 7ft 8s  °  ° 21mph
    11:00 7ft 8s  °  ° 19mph
    17:00 7ft 8s  °  ° 25mph
    Tide times
    High 2:14am (1.45m)
    Low 8:18am (0.48m)
    High 2:17pm (1.40m)
    Low 8:33pm (0.36m)
    Daylight
    First light05:47
    Sunrise06:14
    Sunset20:01
    Dark20:28
  • Sun 02/02 »
    Surf report for Sun 02/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    5:00 7ft 8s  °  ° 18mph
    11:00 6ft 8s  °  ° 11mph
    17:00 5ft 8s  °  ° 18mph
    Tide times
    High 2:59am (1.48m)
    Low 9:13am (0.51m)
    High 3:05pm (1.31m)
    Low 9:15pm (0.40m)
    Daylight
    First light05:48
    Sunrise06:15
    Sunset20:00
    Dark20:28

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