Watson bay to rose bay walk | incredible coastal walk

watson bay to rose bay walk

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 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 during the Watson Bay to Rose Bay walk.

Watson bay to rose bay walk | BASIC INFORMATION

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 along some suburban streets. So I do suggest you bring a phone with an internet connection with you, so you can check Google Maps when required.

You can do the walk from either end (So start Rose Bay and end at Watson’s Bay and visa versa) 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.


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 backpacker’s budget.

Public buses depart from the city to Watson’s Bay frequently. Take the 324/325 via Edgecliff and get off at Military Rd Terminus.


I arrived at Watsons Bay Wharf at noon and started my walk immediately. If you want to lay a base before your walk, you can grab some food from 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, making a lovely background when nibbling at your seafood.

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 a detour to Warf Road and check out Kutti Beach. But because this walk is already 8k, opted to skip that one. Kutti Beach is located between Parsely Bay and Gibson’s Beach, the beach is accessible from a small walkway at the end of Wharf Road, near the Sailing Club. Low energy waves and clear water make Kutti Beach an enviable oasis. So if you have the time and energy, you can check this beach out.

On your left-hand side, you will see a park, enter there and keep following the road. Head over the Parsley Bay by using a stunning suspension bridge.

Parsley Bay Reserve is a beautiful spot to enjoy a picnic, swim or wander in the heart of Sydney. Hidden away in a residential area, you will need to arrive early to find street parking in the summer months but it is well worth the effort. There is plenty of space to set up a picnic with family and friends and includes amenities such as toilets, a cafe and a playground for children.


Vaucluse House Sydney

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.


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 Shark beach and follow the Hermitage Foreshore track all the way to Rose Bay Wharf. From this point, there are many signs everywhere, and mostly, you just follow the path along the harbour and you should be good.

Along the way, you will see amazing views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the grounds of Strickland House. From Shark Beach (Nielsen Park) it is only 1.8 kilometers to Rose Bay Wharf.

Here are some of the highlights along the Hermitage Foreshore Track.

watson bay to rose bay walk

All in all, this walk was incredible and I had a great time! I found it was relatively easy to do and (as a female doing the walk along) I felt completely safe. There were plenty of places to stop at and refuel and the views along the way kept me entertained and amazed. So I would say to definitely bring your camera during this walk.

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 Rose Bay 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.

If you are after more coastal walks, definitely check out the Bondi to Coogee or the Spit to Manly coastal walk.

What do you think? Is the Watson Bay to Rose Bay Walk something you would like to do? Let me know in the comments below.


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