With spectacular views of Sydney Harbour and gorgeous sandy beaches, Watsons Bay is a wonderful place to relax and experience some of Sydney's finest qualities. Stroll along the picturesque coastline or wine and dine at one of Australia's most celebrated seafood restaurants, Doyles on the Beach.
About Watsons Bay
Watsons Bay is Australia's oldest fishing village and remains a thriving local inlet popular for its splendid views, delightful park and fresh seafood. A ferry from Circular Quay across majestic Sydney Harbour is an enjoyable way to get to Watsons Bay.
With sweeping harbour views, Doyles on the Beach has long been a fine dining Sydney institution for fresh fish, lobsters, prawns and more. For a casual lunch, Doyles on the Wharf sells fish and chips on the jetty where Circular Quay ferries arrive and depart.
Other inviting waterside venues are the Beach Club and the Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel. Settle into an afternoon or evening of views, cocktails and the warm bustle of a friendly crowd. You can also enjoy delicious fresh seafood.
Walks around Watsons Bay offer magnificent harbour views. One walk from the wharf takes you north past Lady Bay Beach, which permits nude bathing, and then on to South Head where you can see the Hornby Lighthouse and enjoy breathtaking views. The other walk meanders south past The Gap, an ocean cliff, and then along past the Signal Station and Macquarie Lighthouse.
Steeped in history, Watsons Bay is home to several buildings dating back to the 19th century. St Peter's Church on Old South Head Road is a favourite. The southern coastal walk will also take you past the site where the full-rigged passenger ship, The Dunbar, was famously shipwrecked in 1857.
From Watsons Bay, it’s a short bus trip to Bondi and the world-famous Bondi Beach. The Watsons Bay bus stop is on Old South Head Road, near Salisbury Street. Take the 380 bus for the 30-minute scenic journey to Campbell Parade, next to Bondi beach.