Valcluse to Rose Bay Walk

This four and a half hour, 8km walk offers a great opportunity to explore the rugged cliffs, secluded coves, parkland and remant bushland of Sydney Harbour’s southeastern foreshores. Along the way there are historic houses and gardens, magnificent sandy beaches, breathtaking harbour views, Sydney bushland and residential streets giving you a peak at how some Sydneysiders live. Neilson Park offers a picturesque place for a coffee or a swim, or when arriving to start the walk at Watsons Bay one can enjoy fish and chips at Watsons Bay Hotel, offering views back down the harbour to the city skyline.

As you will see from the following photographs it is a beautiful leafy neighbourhood with magnificent houses and glimpses out across the harbour to the city .

Roaming through these affluent leafy suburbs you cannot help but imagine yourself living in one of these magnificent homes and sharing the joy of  the many glimpses of the harbour and secluded harbour coves. Walking the streets is like meandering through the pages of House and Home rather than flicking through the magazine.  For many years, Vaucluse was the richest suburb in Sydney and considered the hallmark of taste and style in a city that reeks of these attributes. With its spectacular views and rich architecture it is still among the top five most expensive suburbs of Sydney.

The walk is not all houses and mansions. Neilson Park beach offers a fantastic spot for a rest stop and swim. It is one of Sydney’s wonderful, slightly hidden pleasure spots. It boasts direct water access, a small strip of white sand,  protective shark net and expansive green grounds where picnickers recline in the dappled shade of Moreton Bay figs. The park and the kiosk (built in 1914) are heritage listed. From there follows a great walk along the Hermitage Foreshore, a 1.5-km bushland strip winding along the western edge of Vaucluse between Nielsen Park and Rose Bay.

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