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.
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.
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 full-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.