Watsons Bay
Watsons Bay
4.5
Scenic Walking AreasBeach & Pool Clubs
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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  • Michael-4551
    Caloundra, Australia5,458 contributions
    Watsons Bay
    Visited on Friday 26th May. I caught the ferry from Circular Quay to Watsons Bay, what a great way to arrive there. So much to see and do, you are spoilt for choice, the views, the beaches, south head walking track or just sit and relax.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 20 June 2023
  • SOH KIEN PENG
    Singapore, Singapore6,657 contributions
    Stunning cliff views and the Nude Beach
    Sydney's public transportation system is reliable, reasonably priced and way more convenient than driving. But by far, the best way to get around Sydney is by taking a ferry whenever possible. We took a train from Kings Cross station where we stayed to Circular Quay and took a ferry from Wharf 2 to Watsons Bay. No ferry ticket needs to be purchased at the counter as our Opal card allowed us to travel on both the trains and the ferries. Watsons Bay is a harborside, eastern suburb of Sydney. It was once a quaint fishing village like our Pulau Ubin before it developed into a residential area. None of us has made any research on this Bay when we boarded the ferry. We just wanted to capitalize on the ferry services to visit as many attractions as possible as most of us are seniors who may not withstand long walking. Watsons Bay turns out to be an attractive destination with stunning beaches and cliff views. As we walked out from the jetty, I saw visitors queuing at the beachfront fish and chips cafes and had their family picnic at the lush park. The fish and chips must be quite famous here. We walked up to Gap Park and was amazed by the stunning cliff views. We visited the Dunbar Anchor Memorial and took a group photo with the anchor attached to the natural sandstone rock cliff above the southern end of the Gap. The anchor was an item recovered from the Dunbar shipwreck. Due to the erroneous navigational judgement of the captain, the ship hit the rocks of the cliffs and only one out of the 122 crew on board the Dunbar survived. We returned to the jetty and roamed around the beach area. I was highly excited to spot the Nude Beach from the map at the jetty. It is a rare attraction as we do not find people nude at Manly or Bondi or any other beaches. I performed a google search and confirmed that visitors are legally permitted to be nude on this beach. But the ladies were not very pleased with my discovery and stopped me from venturing further to that destination. I had no choice but to follow the group back to the jetty to take the ferry back to Circular Quay for our lunch. I felt disappointed not able to see the nude beach.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 29 September 2023
  • Garrali
    Sheffield, United Kingdom19 contributions
    Well worth a visit
    Took a ferry to Watsons Bay on what started out to be a cloudy day. Had our fish and chip lunch from Doyle’s takeaway and sat in the park to eat. Nice little walk around the park and back streets behind the bay leading down again the sea and sand. Although busy around the ferry terminal, plenty of areas to get away from the crowds. We ended up sitting on a little stretch of sand enjoying the beautiful views as the sun appeared.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 February 2024
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Michelle N
Melbourne, Australia454 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
Amazing coastal views with beautiful cliffs and ocean. Good view of Sydney CBD and Harbour Bridge. Really loved it here
Written 15 February 2024
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Garrali
Sheffield, UK19 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
Took a ferry to Watsons Bay on what started out to be a cloudy day. Had our fish and chip lunch from Doyle’s takeaway and sat in the park to eat. Nice little walk around the park and back streets behind the bay leading down again the sea and sand. Although busy around the ferry terminal, plenty of areas to get away from the crowds. We ended up sitting on a little stretch of sand enjoying the beautiful views as the sun appeared.
Written 4 February 2024
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Charlyncy12
Manila, Philippines387 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
We enjoyed a wonderful day having lunch at the boutique hotel restaurant with a wonderful view, good food albeit no service , and spending time walking around , laying down on the grass and dipping our toes in the water. The view of the famous bridge, CBD , but also seagulls and what nature has best made it a perfect day .
Written 1 October 2023
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SOH KIEN PENG
Singapore, Singapore6,657 contributions
Sept 2023 • Friends
Sydney's public transportation system is reliable, reasonably priced and way more convenient than driving. But by far, the best way to get around Sydney is by taking a ferry whenever possible.

We took a train from Kings Cross station where we stayed to Circular Quay and took a ferry from Wharf 2 to Watsons Bay. No ferry ticket needs to be purchased at the counter as our Opal card allowed us to travel on both the trains and the ferries.

Watsons Bay is a harborside, eastern suburb of Sydney. It was once a quaint fishing village like our Pulau Ubin before it developed into a residential area. None of us has made any research on this Bay when we boarded the ferry. We just wanted to capitalize on the ferry services to visit as many attractions as possible as most of us are seniors who may not withstand long walking.

Watsons Bay turns out to be an attractive destination with stunning beaches and cliff views. As we walked out from the jetty, I saw visitors queuing at the beachfront fish and chips cafes and had their family picnic at the lush park. The fish and chips must be quite famous here.

We walked up to Gap Park and was amazed by the stunning cliff views. We visited the Dunbar Anchor Memorial and took a group photo with the anchor attached to the natural sandstone rock cliff above the southern end of the Gap. The anchor was an item recovered from the Dunbar shipwreck. Due to the erroneous navigational judgement of the captain, the ship hit the rocks of the cliffs and only one out of the 122 crew on board the Dunbar survived.

We returned to the jetty and roamed around the beach area. I was highly excited to spot the Nude Beach from the map at the jetty. It is a rare attraction as we do not find people nude at Manly or Bondi or any other beaches. I performed a google search and confirmed that visitors are legally permitted to be nude on this beach. But the ladies were not very pleased with my discovery and stopped me from venturing further to that destination.

I had no choice but to follow the group back to the jetty to take the ferry back to Circular Quay for our lunch. I felt disappointed not able to see the nude beach.

Written 29 September 2023
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leocrie
Cardiff, UK8 contributions
Jan 2023 • Family
Catch the ferry from circular quay. Lovey fish and chips on the queu area. Walk up the hill for the beautiful coastal walks and views. You can get a bus to Bondi from the top.
Written 22 September 2023
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Michael-4551
Caloundra, Australia5,458 contributions
May 2023 • Solo
Visited on Friday 26th May. I caught the ferry from Circular Quay to Watsons Bay, what a great way to arrive there. So much to see and do, you are spoilt for choice, the views, the beaches, south head walking track or just sit and relax.
Written 21 June 2023
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JnVSydney
Greater Sydney, Australia18,440 contributions
Mar 2023
This is a wonderful area, that is simply stunning, especially on a sunny day, it is easy to get to by bus or ferry, there is nothing better than having a seafood lunch here enjoying the scenery and the vibe of the place.
Written 11 June 2023
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razza61
Gatton, Australia367 contributions
May 2023
Unfortunatley the day we were there the wind was blowing from the west and the bay was unprotected from it, so very windy. We enjoyed Fish & Chips at Doyle's and then went for an easy wander up to the Headlands before catching the ferry again.
Written 10 June 2023
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Bernhard Stauner
Adelaide, Australia47 contributions
Apr 2023
Noce ferry ride from Circular Quay, lovely tea rooms next to the library, where you can overlook the bay and while the time away
Written 30 April 2023
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Tina G
mendota heights113 contributions
Mar 2023
An enjoyable ferry ride from Circular Quay, with views of the harbor. Small but nice beach. Short hike to the lighthouse and views of the coastline.
Written 30 March 2023
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