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Aerial of Watsons Bay and Camp Cove facing North Head during the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race 2007Aerial of Watsons Bay and Camp Cove facing North Head during the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race 2007
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Watsons Bay

  • Camp Cove, Watsons Bay
  • Beach at Watsons Bay

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Watsons Bay

With stunning harbour views and gorgeous beaches, Watsons Bay is a great place to experience some of Sydney's finest qualities. Visit Watsons Bay, take a stroll along the picturesque coastline or wine and dine at one of Australia's most celebrated seafood restaurants. 

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About Watsons Bay

Watsons Bay is Australia's oldest fishing village and remains a thriving local inlet popular for its scenic locale and fresh seafood.

Overlooking a prime expanse of Sydney Harbour, Doyles on the Beach has long been a fine dining Sydney institution for those looking to experience fresh fish, lobsters, prawns and more.

For those wishing to settle into a longer afternoon of views, cocktails and the warm bustle of a friendly crowd, the Beach Club and the Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel provide great waterside venues. 

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 Lady Bay Beach, which permits nude bathing, and then on to South Head where you can see the Hornby 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 the prominent 19th century Sydney architect George Mansfield. The southern coastal walk will also take you past the site where the fully-rigged passenger ship, The Dunbar, was famously shipwrecked in 1857.

Watsons Bay is also 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. The Line 380 bus travels along this route routinely. 

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  • Camp Cove, Sydney

    Beaches

    Stop by Camp Cove and spend time swimming and snorkelling in calm, family friendly waters or sit back and admire uninterrupted harbour views. Get close to nature at the clothing-optional Lady Bay Beach or head further south to the iconic Bondi Beach.

  • Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel

    Food and Wine

    Dine on fresh seafood at Doyles on the Beach while enjoying views across the waters of Sydney Harbour. Sip expertly-mixed cocktails or sample fine wines from the drinks list at Watsons Beach Club, or tantalise your tastebuds during a visit to Eastern Bay Thai.

  • Hornby Lighthouse at South Head, Watsons Bay

    Walks

    Make your way along the South Head Heritage trail towards Hornby Lighthouse for whale watching. Follow the Watsons Bay to South Head walk as it winds past the Gap, the Watsons Bay Signal Station and Macquarie Lighthouse.

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