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The Gap at Watsons Bay
I am pretty sure that in all the 26 years Ive lived here, Ive never been to The Gap, which is at Watsons Bay, South Heads. Just a very short stroll from the Watsons Bay Hotel, so we decided to go have a look after lunch. You will experience the most amazing views from here, not only coastal cliff views, but views west to Sydney skyline and north to North Head and Manly. Its only a short easy stroll to the top of the Gap, which has unfortunately been the scene of many deaths, from falling or jumping.
This is a great place to visit. You can get here by road or by sea.
It is very scenic, with a large park.
The Doyle Family oen a lot of it especially the seafront hotel and restaurants, all of which have great meals.
THE GAP BLUFF @ WATSONS BAY SYDNEY
The Gap has pretty magnificent scenery! The sandstone cliffs are sheer, the Ocean roars below, so much so, that it is has carved out an ampitheatre 80 metres above the sea platform! The Gap Bluff area overlooks the entrance to Sydney Harbour and is located within Sydney Harbour National Park.
There are several scenic walks like the South Head Heritage Trail, a one-hour walk along the harbour foreshore beginning at Camp Cove Beach, Watsons Bay, continuing onto Lady Bay Beach, then heading around the headland passing Hornby lighthouse, the Lightkeeper's Cottage and gun emplacements from the 19th/20th centuries, the walk also has good views of Middle Head, North Head and Manly.
The Gap Bluff Walking Track is another short 40 minute walk beginning from the Gap Bluff Centre and heading to the Gap and passes many lookouts along the bluff.
Unfortunately...The Gap is also a suicide location, with about 50 suicides annually.
- Hiking and Walking
Arguably, one of the most spectacular of the Harbour bays as it provides you with great views of the Sydney skyline and then, just two minutes walk brings you to The Gap and the vast ocean views from the clifftop vantage point.
Watsons Bay is synonymous with Doyles - possibly the most famous restaurant in Australia. Bayside location at the ferry station, Doyles is just expanding and expanding! Top notch sea food, its cataering for all tastes and all budgets these days, including the takeaway fish and chip kiosk at the ferry station itself.
But there's more to Watsons Bay than simply Doyles. The immediate vicinity of the ferry station other than the restaurant are a couple of small but pleasant beaches, an open air sea-water swimming pool as well as a large grassy area for eating those fish & chips you have taken away from Doyles. Walk up the hill to the bus station and the ocean and The Gap - famed lover's leap section of the cliff tops overlooking the ocean.
WB is also the ideal start for the South Head walk, which is part of the Sydney Harbour National Park - see next tip.
Walk around The Gap and Watsons Bay
One of my very favourite places in Sydney is Watsons Bay as aside from its sheer beauty in spots, it is an area that holds a lot of really good memories from my teens and twenties when I lived in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs. Whenever I visit Sydney these days, I try my darnedest to get out there for a walk around the Gap and the foreshore.
Take the 324 or 325 bus from Railway Square or Circular Quay and go right to the end of the line. You may prefer to go out from Circular Quay on the ferry. You will soon see for yourself where you should walk. Start high on the cliffs and walk right around the track at your leisure, you will be gobsmacked at the views out to sea one way and back across the Harbour and the Bridge the other way.Then wind your way down to the grassy area beside Doyle's Hotel and the ferry terminals and relax with an ice cream or some fish and chips and watch the world go by. On a sunny afternoon in winter, there is nothing to compare with it.
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If you want to look at the deep blue water while walking along a cliff path, go to Watsons Bay. You take a ferry and walk straight up through the park to the top of the hill. There are fantastic views across the water into the horizon. It is a truly beautiful place to walk and not crowded with tourists as the Bondi beach / cliff walk is.
Buy some fish and chips from the take away shop just at the start of the pier, it's fresh and tasty and not too expensive (1 serve will do for 2 people unless you are really hungry)
- Hiking and Walking
Watson's Bay and South Head
I recommend it to anyone looking for a nice walking trail with spectacular views. The trail runs along the cliffs, hits the South Head and some beaches with spectacular City views. Great, peaceful place with some bushland and truly astonishing surroundings. You can see it all and not even leave Sydney!
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- National/State Park
Watsons Bay is one of the bays located furthest into the Sydney Harbour. It offers a small beach, some bars and restaurants including the restaurant Doyles which is one of the oldest restaurants in Sydney.
It's nice place to see pacific ocean. Drive less than 15mins from Bondi beach. You can see the sigh " Gap Park" . It's very beautiful. it's sad it also famous for suicide place. Around gap park, you can find some nice bar and sea food restaurant. It's nice to seeing ocean holding bottle of beer.
This is an interesting site to visit.
It was a military espablishment for years, but has now been turned over to the National Parks Board.
Also a well known susicide spot.
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