The last couple of weekends I have spent wandering around some of Sydney’s eastern suburbs. One of my favorites is Watson’s Bay. Located at the end of South Head Peninsula, Watsons Bay is surrounded by the calm waters of Sydney Harbour on one side and the emerald Pacific Ocean on the other, offering stunning views throughout.
The suburb has a lot of history and is home to some of the best restaurants in the city.
In this mini-guide, I will show you all the cool spots, restaurants and walks you should when exploring this fancy suburb.
GETTING TO WATSON’S BAY?
I highly recommend catching a ferry, it is a quick and easy way to get there and the views along the way are simply stunning. From Circular Quay you glide through Sydney’s harbour offering some of the best city views possible.
Getting to Watson’s Bay wharf will only take about 15 minutes from Circular Quay, and by using an Opal Card, the trip is surprisingly cheap. It is almost like paying for a city cruise but then on a backpackers budget.
THING’S TO DO
There are lots of things to do in Watson’s Bay. Underneath I have collected just a couple of cool sights you could see, restaurants you could eat at walks you could partake and beaches you could swim at.
One of my favourite things to do in a new suburb is going on a walk. This way you get to know the area and see and experience the suburb intensively.
A couple of weeks ago I did the Watson’s Bay to Rose Bay walk. This walk is 8K and takes you along some beautiful and secluded beaches, along Vaucluse house and into some beautiful national parks.
If 8K is a bit much, then you can stay a bit closer to home and do the 4K South Head Heritage Trail. This walk keeps you in the Watson’s Bay area and offers some amazing harbour views, Tasman sea views and takes you along the famous Gap.
If all of this is a bit too much, then you can do the Gap Bluff Lookout walk, which is only 30 minutes. This takes you to the coastal cliffs near The Gap on Sydney’s South Head. The best part of this walk is the views you will get from Rocky Bluff. The cliff makes for very spectacular scenery and the views extend from North Head all along the coast and on a clear day, you can even see some of the city views.
If walking I not your thing and you’d rather just chill at the beach with some pretty cool views, then Watson’s bay has 5 options for you!
Additionally, all these beaches face west! This means that they are set for spectacular sunsets with Sydney’s incredible skyline as a background! So, don’t pack up when the sun starts to set! Hang around a bit longer for a romantic end of the day.
Kutti Beach is a pretty small stretch of sand backed by beautiful mansions and waving palm trees. The emerald waters at this beach are simply too beautiful and you’ll almost feel like you are on a tropical getaway! Since this little beach is pretty hidden at the end of a residential street, most people wouldn’t even know it exists! It’s only a 10-minute walk from the Ferry Wharf, so definitely worth the short stroll.
Wander south past the Pilot Club and you will find Gibson’s Beach. This beach is a bit more private, but it doesn’t come with city views. You can see just a tip of the harbour bridge, but that’s it, unfortunately.
WHARF BEACH / WATSON’S BEACH
This is the beach immediately south of Watsons Bay Wharf, on your right if you’re stepping off the jetty. It’s a pretty narrow strip of sand but comes with incredible views of the Sydney skyline and harbour bridge.
Not super private and not super clean (Due to boats docking meters from the shore) But the city views do make up for the lack of privacy.
Thera are also quite a few seagulls on this beach, due to Doyle’s Fish Bar. A lot of people get takeaway from there and end up eating on the beaches wall. This does attract a pesky seagull here and there.
CAMP COVE BEACH
Camp Cove Beach is about a 10-minute walk from the Jetty Wharf. When leaving the wharf take a left and follow the pathway. Take a right up the stairs and then go left. You should see the signs towards the beach after a couple of meters.
The beach is not massive, but it feels very peaceful and offers some breathtaking view of Sydney. It has some lovely calm turquoise waters and is great for snorkelling, picnics and has a great small kiosk. Even in the winter months, the gun-barrel vistas are worth the visit.
LADY BAY BEACH
A beach which is a bit tucked away. This is because it is one of Australia’s oldest nudist beaches. So, this beach will not be for everyone. When I was there it was actually closed due to some cliff renovations. (I would have not taken this picture otherwise)
GREEN POINT RESERVE
A gorgeous spot to chill and enjoy a quick snack. The reserve offers some pretty sweet views of Sydney’s harbour and the CBD. On the weekend I saw a lot of pleasure boats sail by, soaking up the winters sun.
You can climb down to the rocks and do a bit of fishing, or just get closer to the water’s edge. It’s not the biggest reserve you will ever see, so don’t expect to hang out here all day, but it is definitely worth a stop during your exploration of Watson’s Bay.
CHILLING AT ROBERSON PARK
Robertson Park can be found near Wharf Beach and also offers some incredible views of the city.
It’s a good alternative to the beach if you want some shade and you don’t like sand. On a nice sunny day, you will find lots of families here chilling and playing. Because the park is pretty large, you can find a quiet spot pretty much everywhere and soak up the sun or the city views.
When wandering through Robertson Park, make sure to walk towards the top and check out The Gap viewing area.
This viewing area offers stunning views of the Tasman Sea crashing into the roughed cliffs below. Especially on a windy day, it is an incredible sight to behold.
You can also do the Gap Bluf Walking track. The main focal point for this walk is the view from the rocky bluff. The cliff makes for very spectacular scenery and the views extend from North Head along the coast and even peer across the harbor to the city. Not a bad walk and only takes about 30 minutes.
WATSON’S BAY RESTAURANTS
There are surprisingly good restaurants to find in Watson’s bay! From some of the best seafood to one of Sydney’s most Instagrammable venue!
BEACH CLUB | WATSON’S BAY BOUTIQUE HOTEL: Apparently one of the best spots to go to for an Instagram moment. This lovely multi-level cafe and bar are pretty much filled with young trendites during the weekend and tourists during the week. The views and everything else. It’s a Sydney icon.
DOYLES ON THE WHARF | Good seafood at affordable prices self-service eating area with a beautiful view.
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