Watsons Bay

With lovely beaches, marvellous views and delicious seafood, Watsons Bay on the South Head peninsula in Sydney’s east is a delightful day trip. Australia’s oldest fishing village is home to waterfront restaurants, great walking trails, and a harbourside park perfect for family picnics.

Getting to Watsons Bay, next to Vaucluse, is easy by public transport. A ferry from Circular Quay across sparkling Sydney Harbour takes less than 20 minutes. Alternatively, hop on a bus in the city at Walsh BayBarangaroo, Hyde Park or Kings Cross. There are buses from Bondi Beach as well.

Couple enjoying a seafood platter with waterfront views at Watsons Bay Hotel in Sydney's eastern suburbs

Watsons Bay is home to the seafood institution Doyles, from fine dining to takeaway fish ‘n’ chips. Doyles on the Beach is one of Australia’s most celebrated seafood restaurants. Savour fresh fish, lobster, prawns and more with views of one of the most beautiful natural harbours in the world.

Tasty takeaway fish ’n’ chips is at Doyles on the Wharf, where the ferry docks and next to Robertson Park – a charming picnic spot near elegant Dunbar House. Nearby is the Beach Club, a waterfront restaurant and bar with splendid harbour views and part of the iconic Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel.

South Head, Sydney Harbour National park

Steeped in history, Watsons Bay is rich in indigenous and colonial heritage. Join Kadoo Tours for insights into Aboriginal culture and the bay area. From clifftops on Gap Bluff walking track, marvel at the vast ocean as you walk by where the full-rigged passenger ship the Dunbar shipwrecked in 1857.

South Head heritage trail takes you past Lady Bay Beach, which permits nude bathing, and then on to the tip of South Head. You’ll find here the historic red and white striped Hornby Lighthouse, built in 1858 after the Dunbar sank. You can spot whales from South Head between May and November.

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  1. Cambridge Markets Watsons Bay

    Friday 07 December 2018 , Watsons Bay

    The only market in the Vaucluse Watsons Bay area, Cambridge Markets is now held in Robertson Park, Watsons Bay. The next Market is Watsons Bay Christmas Twilight Market. The seasonal markets amongst the trees are a special event in a…

    07 Dec
  2. Watsons Bay Christmas Twilight Market

    Friday 07 December 2018 , Watsons Bay

    A Christmas event not to be missed! The market will comprise of up to 120 quality stalls selling everything from high-end women’s fashion, menswear and children’s clothes, to toys, gifts, homewares, fine art, ceramics, jewellery, pet…

    07 Dec
  3. New Years Eve at Nielsen Park

    Monday 31 December 2018 to Tuesday 01 January 2019 , Watsons Bay

    The view of the New Year's Eve fireworks in Sydney's eastern suburbs is spectacular. The relaxed atmosphere at Nielsen Park in Vaucluse makes it a great spot in Sydney Harbour National Park to count down to 2019 with friends and family. …

    31 Dec - 01 Jan