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ENZEDFamily
Fraser Coast, Australia151 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
My sister was visiting Sydney, so on a whim, we caught the first ferry outbound from Circular Quay, and ended up at Watsons Bay as a result!
Which was just gorgeous… the view down the harbour is magnificent…

However, we decided that a wander around the headland was in order, so we hied us forth amd did just that, and are extremely happy we did!
Obviously the various views - which are ever changing - are just epic and the well maintained boardwalk/track make doing the loop rather more easy than it otherwise have been!
Camp Cove beach on the way was just beautiful, and full of folk tending to their skin cancers, and there is a nudist beach further along…
There is a rather enormous old cannon in a revetment along the way to marvel at, and positions for a couple more as you wander around, but these were not accessible at the time of our visit; in fact, it was quite busy out on the headland with work on the lighthouse, and the naval base making it a little less serene than it might have been!!

However, that did not detract from a wonderful amble around a delicious part of Sydney!!
Written 5 March 2024
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CraigH0901
Adelaide, Australia1,220 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Took the ferry from Circular Quay to Watsons Bay. It was a reasonable walk to South Heads through a even trail without many hills or difficulties. The views are spectacular. The walk is interesting with a number of stops along the way. It is a circle trail, so you can't go wrong. There are barriers at viewing points advising not to go beyond - these are largely ignored.
Written 5 July 2023
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Michael-4551
Caloundra, Australia5,534 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
Visited on Friday 26th May. There are great views looking over to North Head, Manly and back towards Sydney CBD. Well work the walk to get there.
Written 23 June 2023
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Oldjack
Greater Melbourne, Australia28,773 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
South Head is quite spectacular and beautiful but access and the way in is poorly signed and maintained.Once there is it great with views to North Head and back into the city.
Written 26 June 2022
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blackeldo
Kiama, Australia2,253 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Not sure where famous philosopher YOGI BERA was offering my favourite bit of travel advice for, but in the case of SOUTH HEAD it works – when you come to the split in the track abt 600m from the start of the SOUTH HEAD HERITAGE TRAIL at CAMP COVE, take it – doesn’t matter if you turn right or go straight ahead because this is a LOOP TRACK and no-matter which way, you will see the same.
Like outstanding views of NORTH HEAD*, MANLY*, the open PACIFIC, SYDNEY HARBOUR* entrance/back to the CITY plus historical stuff (they don’t call this the HERITAGE TRAIL ++ for nothing) like HORNBY LIGHTHOUSE (3RD in Australia 1858) and the nearby LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER’S COTTAGE plus newer ruins like 1890 cannon and +WW1&2 gun foundations.

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:most scenic - ferry to WATSONS BAY then 1300m/17min walk (keep left) via CAMP COVE BEACH, followed by the HERITAGE TRAIL*. Trail well paved, pretty flat (few stairs), great views
: cheapest/fastest – train to Edgedliff Interchange and then #324.325 bus to WATSONS BAY
: weekends only a ferry runs from/to MANLY*
: #380 bus from/to BONDI BEACH* frequently
: parking is difficult near start of trail
- nearest rest room just short of LADY BAY* (clothing optional) abt 400m from South Head
- nearest food at Camp Cove Kiosk adjacent start of Heritage Trail. Watsons Bay has tucker for all budgets
- don’t visit Boxing Day. South Head is a favoured vantage point to watch racing yachts depart the harbour in the Sydney-Hobart classic. Extremely crowded

SUM UP: a good one but I wouldn’t make the trip just to see this one place. Do it as part of a visit to Watsons Bay. WB is tourist central – you could spend all day here and near.

*TA has a reader review page
++ see my pix
Written 10 March 2022
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia48,796 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
This is a beautiful area of Sydney to walk around and to enjoy panoramic views. It is best done in a sunny day with clear skies so you can get uninterrupted views all around.
Written 4 December 2020
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nick164
Sydney, Australia2,380 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
For me, the North Head has the edge in terms of lookouts and history (including the Quarantine Station and The North Fort), however the South Head still has an enjoyable clifftop walk and the impressive Macquarie Lighthouse.
Written 8 October 2019
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Ogi0
Sofia, Bulgaria22,197 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
A great place to walk and see the beauties of Sydney. From here passes the South Head Heritage Trail from which there are wonderful views of both Sydney and the Ocean.
Written 22 August 2019
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William B
Perth, Australia929 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
Sydney Harbour is a magnificent sight and encompasses exceptional scenery all the way up to the ''Sydney Harbour Bridge'' and the step off to the city once you enter through the ''Heads''. The harbour entrance is protected by South Head and North Head. Both provide magnificent views looking back down the harbour towards the city. South Head is a lot more developed and you can drive or walk out to the extremity with tons of photo ops along the way. You drive out through all the upmarket suburbs which in themselves are a great drive, and worth a gander. (Rose Bay, Vaucluse etc). At the end there are a number of great walks, a monument to hero Don Richie and an ancient lighthouse at Pt Dunbar.. The famous feature of these limestone cliffs, is the infamous ''Gap'' which has had a dreadful past for those choosing to end their lives. This has been well and truly safeguarded now with secure protective fencing. Still great views out over the Pacific and tons of colonial heritage buildings to whet your interest.
Written 15 February 2019
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Avril L
Sydney, Australia46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
There is a short(ish) walk from Watson's Bay through Camp Cove to the South arm of the entrance to Sydney Harbour. This walk can be taken slowly and is not too strenuous.But it is well worth the effort. The views back along the sandstone cliffs and across the entrance to Sydney Harbour are magical. Along the way there are terrific views back towards Sydney and down onto Camp Cove. The walk also goes past Lady Jane beach which is a nudist beach. Leave time for a coffee at the kiosk on Camp Cove beach at the end.
Written 6 November 2018
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