If you have been following this blog for a while, then you know that I love nothing better then strapping on my walking boots and do a coastal walk during my days off. After living in Sydney for many years now, you’d think I had done them all, but the other week, I did the Watson Bay to Rose Bay walk for the first time – say what now!
If you like a relatively easy walk, filled with amazing secluded beaches, and a ridiculously beautiful city and harbor views, then I think you will like this walk as well.
Follow me along this 8K walk and see some of Sydney’s best sights.
This amazing coastal walk is eight kilometers long, but since you have stunning views to distract you, it doesn’t feel like it is that long. The walk is fairly easy, but not wheelchair accessibility – unfortunately. There are quite a few stairs to climb and descent, but it was not super straining.
The path is not always easy to find and it will take you on some suburbia streets, so I do suggest you bring a phone with an internet connection to check the map on where to go next. I had to whip it out several times throughout my walk to make sure I was heading in the right direction.
You can do the walk from either way, but I started the walk at Watsons Bay and ended up at Rose Bay Wharf. Sydney Ferries have regular ferry services between Circular Quay, Rose Bay, and Watsons Bay. Plus, the views that you get during the ferry trip make the day extra special. There are parking facilities available at both Watsons Bay as well as Rose Bay if you wish to drive to the start of the walk.
All in all, this walk took me under 3 hours to complete, including a 30-minute lunch break at Shark Beach. There are some restaurants that you can stop at along the way or you can bring your own food and eat somewhere on the many picnic grounds or benches.
THE WATSON BAY TO ROSE BAY WALK | THE START AT WATSON’S BAY
I arrived at Watsons Bay Wharf at noon and headed out to my walk immediately. If you want to lay a base before your walk you can stay at Doyle’s. This is one of Australia’s most celebrated seafood restaurants. Savor fresh fish, lobster, prawns and more with views of one of the most beautiful natural harbors in the world. You can get some takeaways or dine in if you wish.
Watsons Bay also offers some pretty spectacular city views.
From the wharf take a right and walk towards Parsley Bay Reserve. Take a left and walk to Gibsons Beach Reserve. There take a left and walk onto Palmerstone Road and take a left onto Hopetoun ave and take a left onto The Crescent.
You can take Warf Road to Kutti Beach. But because this walk is already 8k, opted to skip that one.
On your left-hand side, you will see a park, enter there and keep following the road. Head over the Parsley Bay is the suspension bridge.
VAUCLUSE BAY AND VAUCLUSE HOUSE
Follow the road onto Fitzwilliam Avenue and Boambillie Avenue until you reach Vaucluse Bay and Vaucluse House.
Make sure to check out Vaucluse House and its stunning lush gardens. This is one of Sydney’s few 19th-century mansions still surrounded by its original gardens and grounds.
Also make sure to check out the little beach right behind the park, lovely on a sunny afternoon.
NEXT UP – BABY SHARK TUTUTUT – SHARK BEACH AND NIELSEN PARK
Follow Coolong Rd or Wentworth Rd around Vaucluse Bay. I opted to go on Coolong Rd, which was lined with million-dollar mansions. Not a bad shortcut.
You will see signs saying Sydney harbor national park – Nielsen’s park. Just follow the path and you will bump into Shark Beach.
Shark bay is the perfect place to chill, take a swim, have lunch and just enjoy life. This beach is absolutely stunning and I was in awe with it! I plopped myself at the beach and grabbed my pre-packed lunch and just chilled and enjoyed the views for about 30 minutes. truly blissful.
Walk to the other side of the beach and follow the hermitage foreshore track. And just follow the signs.
HERMITAGE FORESHORE TRACK TO ROSE BAY
Here are some of the highlights along the Hermitage Foreshore Track.
I don’t think this walk should be done in the middle of the summer (at least not the full walk) If you are planning to head out in summer then I suggest you take a ferry to Rosebay and then only walk the foreshore walk to Shark beach and then head back because simply put it – you will die! I am somewhat kidding but seriously it hot.
What do you think? Is this a walk you would like to do? Let me know in the comments below.
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