Watsons Bay is a stunning harbour-side enclave in Sydney’s eastern suburbs boasting lovely beaches, picture-perfect views and some coveted seafood hot spots. Watsons Bay makes for an incredible day trip for travellers seeking one of Sydney’s most enticing and photogenic angles. Here, we share our top tips for how to have the ultimate day out in Watsons Bay.
Getting to Watsons Bay by ferry is by far the most scenic route to take, and we highly recommend it. It’s a quick and easy way to get there and the views along the way are impressive. Watsons Bay Wharf is just a 15 minute ferry ride from Manly and Circular Quay and will drop you conveniently close to the entrance of the Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel, a beautiful landmark.
By water taxi
A great option to by-pass all the road traffic and enjoy magnificent water views on the way home or to your next destination is to go by water taxi. With door-to-door transfers and the ability to cater to any size group, a water taxi is an efficient and fun way to get there.
By car or bus
Road transport is also effective, although less scenic. About 25 minutes on the road, you get to Watsons Bay by car along Oxford Street (it changes to Enfield Drive) out of the city. Follow the road left into Old South Head Road and continue along this road to Watsons Bay. If you're going by bus, catch the 324 from Circular Quay.
WHERE TO EAT
A destination for those in pursuit of sunshine, the Watsons Bay Beach Club is a prime location. Dishing out European-inspired lunches, the Beach Club’s expansive, casual chic outdoor space is the perfect backdrop for a long, lazy meal with a view. Enjoy rosé-chinking with friends and colleagues or lavish celebrations with family. To get amongst an icon, Doyles on the Beach has been serving some of Sydney’s best fish and chips for more than five generations. Its legendary status has made it a must-do item on many tourist itineraries. For a quick, on-the-go lunch that is sure to satisfy, make a beeline for Camp Cove Kiosk, where the vantage point offers a spectacular view. Options include light breakfast of boiled eggs, labne, avocado and beetroot sauerkraut or turmeric chicken sandwich for lunch plus fresh juices and stellar Allpress Espresso coffee.
WHAT TO SEE
Watsons Bay is all about slowing down the pace. It’s without doubt one of Sydney's top spots for picnics, long lunches, park frolicking, sunbathing and trail walking. A favourite pastime is fish and chips by the water, an essential Watsons Bay activity whether it's a fancy feast at Doyle's, or wrapped in paper and dripping vinegar on the sand at Camp Cove Beach.
Get moving with a trail walk to South Head Lookout. There you'll be awed by the Hornby Lighthouse, perched atop the 'The Gap', a dramatic cliff point with a sheer drop to the crashing Pacific waves below. And be sure to visit Robertson and Gap Parks along the way – they're both dreamy spots for sprawling out on a blanket and getting lost in a book, or hosting a picnic with friends and what's arguably the best view in a town.