|Shark Beach, Nielson Park|
Nielson Park is part of Sydney Harbour National Park, and while the name might put some off swimming there, part of the popular 'Shark Beach' was netted when I visited. (not in photo)
There is a cafe/restaurant (left) opposite the beach, and a walking track within the park.
Nearby Vaucluse House is 'one of Sydney’s few 19th-century mansions still surrounded by its original gardens and wooded grounds'. It was purchased by William Charles Wentworth, colonial explorer, barrister and politician, in 1827.
A little further on and hidden from the road, is Parsley Bay, a spot I have wanted to visit for sometime.
The Parsley Bay Reserve enclosure provides a swimming area ~150m long and 95m wide (subject to tidal variations).
Parsley Bay & Woollahra Library Local History Centre PDF
More walk information
For more photos of this area, see my Hermitage Foreshore post
I caught a Route 325 bus from Edgecliff station. These turn off New South Head Rd. at Vaucluse Rd and go to Watsons Bay.