Even if you're not trying to throw yourself off the cliffs (rumor has it it's famous for that) I highly recommend a climb out to south head and then down to the light house south of the area. If you want a truly "Ahhhh" moments; these views will do it for you.Every trip I've made to Sydney has included a ferry to Watsons Bay to enjoy the views. It...more
The Dunbar was a full-rigged ship that was wrecked in 1857. The Dunvar's Captain, James Green mistook the Gap for the entrance to Sydney Harbour due to heavy rain and wind. He crahed the ship onto the rocks. The ship broke up due to the force of the winds and 121 lives were lost.All that remains of the Dunbar is the anchor which is in memorial to...more
Our last visit to Watsons Bay in 2010; we took a long walk. One of the points of interest along our walk was the Macquarie Lighthouse. The big white structure juts out from the landscape; so white against the deep blue of the sky.The Macquarie Lighthouse was the first, and is the longest serving, lighthouse site in Australia. The current lighthouse...more
The two times Liz and I were in Watsons Bay during our trip we enjoyed a nice stroll along the beach. It was a quiet and peaceful walk. There were some nice benches and we enjoyed stopping and taking in the views and people watching. It's amazing how time seems to stop during some moments in life...more
The Signal Station at Watsons Bay marks the site of over 200 years of continuous service. With continued use since it was installed iand is the oldest facility in Australia. Signal Station was established in 1790 as a lookout post at South Head. It would serve as well as a landmark for ships which were arriving at the heads and also serve as a way...more
Macquarie Lighthouse is Australia's first lighthouse. The original structure which was erected in 1791 was undertaken by Francis Greenway, the famous convict Architect, who is also responsbile for a number of other structures in Sydney. A new lighthouse was erected in 1881 after the original deteriorated. The new structure was designed by James...more
There is a gully referred to as the "cleft" in the rocks at Jacob’s Ladder and is the remains of a long extinct colonic dyke. If you take a good look, the lower part of this gully shelters many species of trees like the tall spreading figs, cabbage palms, tree ferns and lianes. It is a contrast to the types of trees you will find at the cliff top....more
In order to appreciate Watsons Bay I would recommend walking one of the two paths from the wharf. Each of the paths require about an hour. The walks go either north past Lady Bay (there is a nude beach here) to South Head for a glimpse at the Hornsby Lighthouse, or walk south passing The Gap and take in Signal Station and Macquarie Lighthouse. You...more
I was in the mood for some Salt & Pepper Squid and so we stopped here for some while waiting for the next ferry. There's a nice indoor/outdoor seating area with tables. I placed my order and waited maybe 5 minutes for my squid. We headed inside and grabbed a table.The Salt & pepper Squid here are a bargain for the insane prices of Doyle's just...more
My last four trips to Sydney have landed me here at the Watsons Bay hotel. My first time here was just for drinks with my wife (then girlfriend) back in 2007. Our second visit was to have some lunch with fellow VTers Helen and Dennis. Our fourth time was for lunch before a nature hike. Our most recent visit was in February 2012.Watsons Bay hotel...more
The Watsons Bay Hotel is hands down a favorite place to visit when I’m in the Sydney area. My Husband first took me here in 2007, when we first began dating. From that first visit; I love the place and it has become a ritual for us when we are in Sydney. So far we’ve dined here five times and loved every visit.It’s hard to miss the Watsons Bay...more
The Ferry is my favorite way to get to Watsons Bay. Hop on a ferry from Circular Quay and off you go. The ferry also provided a good view of the Harbour especially the Opera House. Riding a ferry is one of my favorite ways to get around in Sydney. The ride is pleasant and when it's not to hot out; we love sitting outside for the ride.more
WATSONS BAY When looking at a cheap way to reach Watsons Bay?. catch a ferry.!! Because when you are "out and about" in Sydney so many destinations can be easily reached by the Sydney Ferry System. Utilising the ferries in this way is a really pleasurable way to see so much more of Sydney from the water..This also creates for the traveller many...more
During our 2007 trip we took the 380 from Bondi Junction out to the beach and then when we were done with the beach decided to ride it to its end up in Watson's Bay. It was a nice ride from Bondi to Watsons Bay and provided a nice stop for a drink before hopping on a ferry.Our 2010 trip we took the bus from Watsons Bay all the way back to Circular...more
Sydney and the outlying areas seem to be full of sailboats. With all the beautiful water I can't blame them. Young children and adults can be seen sailing in the harbour and beach areas. Our weather during both of our 2007 and 2010 trips were spectacular and the boats were put in full force enjoying the beautiful weather. Even during my 2005 trip in the middle of winter people here are able to sail.
The sun is Strong so be prepared to slather on the sunblock and wear a hat if you can. We are always very good about wearing sunblock but one day at Watsons BAy even with sunblock we got a little pink; not burned but pink (this was with sunblock 100 for the face and 85 for the body). Thankfully my hat saved my face, ears and neck from turning pink.more
Luggage and bags:
Watsons Bay is usually a day trip for us so I just bring a back pack or shoulder bag.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Be prepared to walk some uneven and steep areas; wear the correct footwear for your comfort. Bring an umbrella just in case in rains; we always have one handy. If it's hot outside wear loose fitting clothes that are light in fabric.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: We always carry extra sunblock, Band-Aids, Tylenol and a small first aid kit when we travel.
Photo Equipment: Digital camera, video camera
Miscellaneous: Bring water, you will get thirsty.
A must do thing in Watsons Bay is having a meal by the water. There are several food options: Doyle's, Doyle's on the Pier and the Watsons Bay Hotel. Doyle's is the pricier option , Doyle's on the Pier is quick service with some pier-side tables and The Watsons Bay Hotel is in the middle price wise but excellent eats.Liz and I have enjoyed several...more