Watsons Bay Travel Guide

  • The Gap at Watsons Bay
    The Gap at Watsons Bay
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Watsons Bay Things to Do

  • The Gap

    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...

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  • The Dunbar Anchor

    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...

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  • Macquarie Lighthouse

    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...

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  • Walk Along the Beach

    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...

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  • Signal Station

    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...

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  • The Gap

    The Gap is a spectacular ocean cliff at Watsons Bay which is located near South Head in Sydney. There is a coastal walk which provides for some amazing views of the ocean and of the Gap itslef.It is estimated that over 50 suicides take place here at The Gap every year.

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  • Macquarie Lighthouse

    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...

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  • Cleft at Jacob's Ladder

    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....

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  • Walking Paths

    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...

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Watsons Bay Restaurants

  • Quick and Good.

    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...

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  • No longer what it once was....

    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...

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  • Tasty Fare with Splendid Views

    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...

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Watsons Bay Transportation

  • Take the Ferry to Watson's Bay

    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.

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  • WHEN IN SYDNEY UTILISE THE FERRY SYSTEM

    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...

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  • Take the Bus to Watsons Bay

    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...

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Watsons Bay Local Customs

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    by cjg1 Updated Jul 23, 2010

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    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.

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Watsons Bay Warnings and Dangers

  • Wear Sunblock!!!!!!!

    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.

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  • Watch Your Step

    There are signs posted in the park to be careful and watch your step. One wrong move and splash...your a statistic. There is actually 50 recorded suicides here a year.

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  • No Dogs Allowed

    In the Sydney Harbour National Park Gap Bluff there are no dogs allowed. I don't think anyone wants their pooch going over the edge and into the water below.

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Watsons Bay What to Pack

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    by cjg1 Updated Jul 23, 2010

    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.

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Watsons Bay Favorites

  • Wow, the Views!

    Some of the most beautiful views I have seen in my life so far have been in Australia. The views here at Watsons Bay are on that list of Wow views. Every visit to Sydney; I come to Wtasons BAy and every time the beauty of the place still thrills me. It is a definite must see!

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  • Eating Outdoors with a Great View

    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...

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  • Take a look around at the trees

    I love trees and I found some intersting trees in Watson's Bay. Sometimes it's the simple things in nature that brings a smile to my face.

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