Replacement of the seawall has commenced.
Shark Beach and the promenade remain closed while the works are being carried out.
The Nielsen Park Kiosk is closed for renovations.
The seawall at Nielsen Park has served visitors well for nearly 100 years. In July 2016, the seawall was badly damaged by waves during a large storm. Some sections of the sandstone seawall along the western part of the beach have since been repaired, but the 160-metre concrete seawall has reached the end of its serviceable life.
National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has demolished the old seawall and will be constructing a new seawall more capable of withstanding adverse weather conditions and sea level rise, while improving accessibility to the beach. This once-in-a-lifetime project will conserve the site's sensitive natural, cultural and historic heritage significance while improving the structure to meet visitor and operational needs.
Nielsen Park at Vaucluse was incorporated into Sydney Harbour National Park in 1975 and was listed on the NSW State Heritage Register in 2018 in recognition of its outstanding natural and cultural landscape, demonstrating a rich and diverse range of uses spanning from Aboriginal occupation to the present. As a sensitive site, unforeseen issues may arise during the construction phase. These issues will be managed appropriately under relevant legislation and regulations, and we will provide updates to the community via this webpage as they become available.