In this exclusive suburb in Sydney’s east, set sail in a luxury yacht, captain a red speed boat or enjoy waterside fine dining watching as seaplanes take off over the twinkling Sydney Harbour. Walk the pretty fig tree-lined promenade or make the most of the calm waters of the bay and go stand up paddle boarding or kayaking.
Things to do
In the era of flying boats, Rose Bay was an international water aerodrome until 1974. Today its seaplane heritage is alive and well, with Sydney Seaplanes and Sydney by Seaplane offering scenic harbour flights, taking off and landing on the harbour at Rose Bay. For a romantic day trip, take a seaplane to a waterside restaurant such as Berowra Waters Inn or a secluded spot in Palm Beach for a picnic.
You can hire equipment for all your harbour adventures, from full-size sailing boats to smaller stand up paddle boards and kayaks from Rose Bay Aquatic Hire or Point Piper Kayaks. Embark on sailing tours run by Sydney Harbour Escapes or Dreamtime Girl Charters and experience the magic of a day on the harbour.
Explore Sydney Harbour offers a faster-paced ride, where you can pilot your own speedboat and zoom to iconic attractions such as the Sydney Opera House. This self-driving tour doesn’t require a license or boating experience, you’ll be provided with safety instructions before the tour and follow a qualified guide on the tour.
Eat & drink
Choose from a delicious range of eateries. Catalina Rose Bay is a fine dining restaurant right on the water. The Boathouse Rose Bay sits on the upper level of the Rose Bay Marina and Empire Lounge serves up a seafood feast with harbour views. The lush Lyne Park has casual options, including Sugar and Spoon, while the Plumer Road Chicken Shop opposite the Woollahra Golf Club is a local institution.
Getting to Rose Bay is easy by public transport. A ferry ride across the spectacular harbour from Circular Quay, via Garden Island and Double Bay, is only 20 minutes. From Double Bay, walk down New South Head Road to Point Piper, then stroll along the Rose Bay foreshore and heritage-listed seawall, built in the 1920s, for gorgeous harbour vistas.