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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