A picturesque urban coastal walk along the western coast in Vaucluse with secret beaches and views out to the city.

Getting To The Hermitage Foreshore Walk

Where Is It?

The Hermitage Foreshore Walk starts in Vaucluse. Head along Vaucluse Road from New South Head road to Greycliffe Avenue. It is about 20 minutes from the CBD.


The address is Greycliffe Avenue, Vaucluse, 2030


There is parking along Greycliffe Avenue near Nielsen Park, or street side parking along Coolong Road.


Google Maps Link – Hermitage Foreshore Walk

Route Notes

Walk Length & Distance

The walk is approximately 2 kilometres in length and takes about an hour to walk. So you’ll also need to allow for a an hour to walk back.


There are several beaches along the walk including.

Shark Beach

A low tide harbour beach facing north west, it’s a Sydney favourite and perfect for a splash at sunset.

Milk Beach

Popular all summer long as a party beach with music, boats and dancing in the water.

Tingara Beach

A tiny hidden beach with great views over the harbour, it’s a nice, secluded spot to get your feet wet.

Hermit Bay Beach

The beach from which this walk takes its name is a small beach area with some nice picnic tables.

Queens Beach

An intimate harbour beach and fishing spot at the south end of the walk.

queen's beach

Queen’s Beach is one of many secret little beaches along this walk.


Other Things To Do

Nielsen Park & Cafe

The park backs onto Shark Beach and the cafe is really nice with plenty of options.

Steele Point Degaussing Range & Gun Emplacement

Built in 1960 and still in use today, the degaussing range de-magnetises metal ships so the dont set of mines in the seabed.
The gun emplacement is about 50 metres from the range, there’s no guns there now, but the pit remains and is in good condition.

Steele Point Cottage

A barracks first built in 1880s, this cottage is sometimes available for rental. Contact the NPWS on (02) 9995 5000 to find out more.

Steele Point Lookout

Panoramic views towards the city it’s a well shaded spot to grab a photo or two.

Strickland House

Available for private functions, Strickland House was built in 1913 and served as a convalescent home until 1989. Call Strickland House on (02) 9337 5999 for enquiries.

Ralph Newboult Lookout

Just south of Tingara Beach, this Lookout is named after a keen walker who passed away in 2000. It has spectacular views.

Hermit Point

Picnic tables, a small sandstone cave and boat pens are all here next to Hermit Bay Beach.

hermitage foreshore walk

Views of Sydney City from Hermit Bay



  • Food

    The cafe at Nielsen Park is the best place to grab a coffee and a bite to eat. There are also many places to stop and have a picnic if bringing your own food.

  • Rubbish Bins

    There are rubbish bins Nielsen Park.

  • Toilets

    There are toilets at Nielsen Park.

  • Can I take my dog?

    Dogs are not permitted on the walk or beaches. This area is part of the Sydney Harbour National Park.

  • Can I lock my bike up

    There aren’t any bike locks but you could partially chain your bike up to a pole. Hopefully this changes soon. The track is not suitable to bikes.


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