With stunning harbour views and gorgeous beaches, Watsons Bay is the perfect destination for anyone seeking the authentic Sydney experience. Visit Watsons Bay and take a stroll along the picturesque coastline, or eat fish and chips at one of Australia's most celebrated seafood restaurants, or soak up the sun at Lady Bay – a popular nude beach!
About Watsons Bay
Watsons Bay is Australia's oldest fishing village, and it's still a popular destination for seafood lovers. Doyles on the Beach at Watsons Bay is one of Sydney's most famous restaurants, serving deliciously fresh seafood on the foreshore (overlooking Sydney Harbour). If you love fine dining, Doyles is a Sydney institution you simply must experience.
One of the best ways to enjoy the harbour views around Watsons Bay is to take a coastal walk. There are two walking paths from Watsons Bay wharf – one which takes you north past the nude beach at Lady Bay and then on to South Head where you can see the Hornsby Lighthouse. The other walking path meanders south past The Gap (an ocean cliff facing the Tasman Sea) and then along past the Signal Station and Macquarie Lighthouse.
Steeped in history, Watsons Bay is home to several buildings that date back to the 19th Century. St Peter's Church on Old South Head Road is a tourist favourite, while on the same street there is also a Scout Hall and a former school residence designed by George Mansfield . The southern coastal walk will also take you past the site where the Dunbar (a sailing ship) was famously shipwrecked in 1857.
Don't forget that Watsons Bay is only a short drive away from Sydney's iconic Bondi Beach. To visit Bondi after spending a day at Watsons Bay, simply travel south along Old South Head Road and then turn left onto Military Road (which changes to Campbell Parade) to enjoy the sights and sounds of Australia's most loved beach.
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Beachfront dining at Watsons Bay. Image Kajo Merkert-Ohlheiser
Hornby Lighthouse at South Head, near Watsons Bay. Image: Andrew Gregory
Doyles on the Beach restaurant, Watsons Bay. Image Andrew Gregory
Sydney City Skyline viewed from South_Head. Image Kajo Merker-Ohlheiser
Camp Cove Beach at Watsons Bay. Image Andrew Gregory
Boats moored at Watsons Bay, Sydney city skyline in the background. Image Destination NSW