Watson’s Bay – Sydney
Watsons Bay – First posted Nov 14th 2009
Watsons Bay was the start to two of my group walking Tours from the accommodation I managed in Sydney – the Bondi to Coogee walk and the Valcluse to Rose bay walk but walking around the area is a highlight in itself.. Another highlight is the ferry ride down the harbour to Watsons Bay . It has a number of restaurants with views looking back down the Sydney Harbour. Pristine sandy beaches, parks, historic buildings, walking tracks around the rocks to secluded and very private beaches, high clifftop walking paths overlooking the Pacific Ocean and a very picturesque village spilling down to the harbour’s shoreline is all offered here.
Looking South Toward Bondi Beach
Ferry arriving at Watsons Bay Wharf
Watsons Bay is located on the southern head of the entrance to Sydney Harbour. To the east is the Tasman Sea and to the west is the Harbour with a glorious view of the city of Sydney in the distance. Watsons Bay is where Governor Phillip first landed in Australia. It’s also recognized as Australia’s oldest fishing village, having been established in 1788. There are two walking paths from the wharf, both require around one hour for the round trip. Alternatively, you can walk south past The Gap and take in Signal Station and Macquarie Lighthouse. See the site of the wreck of the Dunbar.
You soon appreciate Watsons Bay’s wonderful views and colonial connections by walking from the village to South Head. The walk takes in the Sydney Harbour National Park, passes Lady Jane Beach – clothing optional, and continues to Hornby Lighthouse. You’ll discover Camp Cove, the spot where the First Fleet landed in Sydney Harbour. You’ll see Watsons Bay’s most breathtaking vistas are at The Gap – site of where Sydney’s worst maritime tragedy occurred when the Dunbar was shipwrecked in 1857.
Watsons Bay Beach
By the finish of the walk you have, with out a doubt, built up an appetite. Watsons Bay has a reputation for being the place to indulge in a long lunch and a cool beer. Naturally, seafood is a specialty of Australia’s oldest fishing village, and you’ll find dining options catering for a range of budgets. Bringing a sandwich, drink and a few different fruits is also a perfect and cheaper option.
Looking Back to the city from the Park