LifestyleRose Bay is a perfectly pretty and prestigious waterside suburb, so close (but not too close) to the city. Just 7 kilometres east of the CBD, it is a wonderful place to live or visit, offering lots of sporting activities, beautiful harbour views, and lots of leafy enclaves.
This gorgeous enclave is steeped in history, with a selection of majestic heritage sites still part of charming canvas today, such as Rose Bay Wharf which was the site of Australia's first international airport in 1938. During the Second World War, it reigned as the mooring spot for flying boats, when the famous Catalinas ruled the skies.
Weave your way down New South Head Road in Rose Bay and you’ll be spoilt with water views that literally take the breath away. The Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Shark Island all within striking appearance.
Spend time wandering the leafy streets, dotted with graceful architecture and leafy treescapes, browse the boutiques and bakeries in the village-style shops on Plumer Road, or take a leisurely lunch served with million dollar views at Catalina’s restaurant.
If you’re an avid golfer you’ll be a kid in a candy store, with 3 golf courses all close by. Likewise, water sport enthusiasts can take their pick from a whole host of activities, on offer in this gorgeous sheltered bay.
When you’re ready to up the pace, it’s just a 25 minute walk to Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach, where beach babes, crowded bars and enthusiastic tourists, create a action-packed energy.
Beautiful, convenient and family friendly (with a good touch of class), there are many folks who would love to call Rose Bay their home sweet home.
PeopleAside from the occasional high-profile celebrity, Rose Bay attracts baby boomer down-sizers, young families and executives, all tempted by it’s tranquil beauty, laid back vibe and handy vicinity to the city.
HomesMany grand waterfront properties take pride of place in beautiful Rose Bay. Impressive family residences and penthouse apartments offer cutting edge designs and sweeping harbour views that will never be interrupted.
This harbourside locale also offers a large number of both restored and newly built apartment blocks, popular with families and singles alike.
TransportThe Rose Bay ferry wharf links to the Eastern Suburbs ferry services - giving commuters a picturesque and relaxed way to arrive to work.
Frequent buses services travel to the CBD via Kings Cross, and also head in to other destinations, including north to Watsons Bay and the coast.
Seaplane operators offer scenic flights over Sydney itself as well as a number of excursions along the coast as well as some scheduled services to Newcastle with aircraft operating out of the seaplane terminal near Rose Bay ferry terminal.
SchoolsYour children won’t be starved of a good education in Rose Bay. Home to two of the most prestigious girl’s schools in the eastern suburbs - namely Kincoppal and Kimballa - they offer the best in curriculum and prestige with the architectural beauty of yesteryear.
Other notable schools include Rose Bay Public School, Rose Bay Secondary College, McCauley Primary and Cranbrook Junior School.
Shopping/RestaurantsLaid-back and sophisticated sums up the village shopping atmosphere of Rose Bay. The local village offers a range of specialist shops that offer the last-minute ‘milk and bread’ basics, right through to stylish homeware and giftware stores that offer something totally unique.
You’ll find a good selection of takeaway eateries and family restaurants in the area, or if you desire, choose from the impressive line-up of fine dining venues dotted along the shoreline.
Double Bay Shops
Nearby in Double Bay you can indulge in high-end shopping fest with designer label boutiques, swanky cafes, fine bookshops and galleries, all in one sophisticated European setting.
Westfield Bondi Junction
Just 10 minutes away is the mecca shopping centre Westfield Bondi Junction. Wear your comfortable walking shoes, because “shop-till-you drop “soon becomes your manta at this shopper’s paradise.
Catalina, one of Australia’s premier destination restaurants, is situated on a landmark Rose Bay site on Sydney Harbour’s eastern foreshore. Escape the hustle and bustle as you enjoy sophisticated dining with a panoramic view of Sydney Harbour and only ambient harbour activity to keep you company.
The Swimmers Club
Take in the gentle waters of Rose Bay as you sip on your latte. Formerly the Rose Bay Marina Kiosk, The Swimmers Club is equally part relaxing and glamorous with a French Riviera-style fit out and coastal design aesthetic. Be happily served a casual breakfast or lunch surrounded by pineapple plants and palm trees.
Recreational FacilitiesThere is a fabulous range of sport and leisure activities on offer in, and around lovely Rose Bay.
Stroll along the Rose Baby foreshore and take in the breathtaking sights. Venture up to Duff Reserve, a small park located on the northern most point of Point Piper with stunning views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Milson's Point, over Garden Island. Alternatively, head north at the end of Bay View Hill Road, to Hermitage Foreshore Reserve - a Sydney Harbour National Park and a pleasant pit stop on the foreshore walk to Vaucluse.
There are two golf courses located in Rose Bay. Woollahra Golf Club is a 9-hole course which is open to the public, plus the world-renowned Royal Sydney Golf Club, a members-only 27-hole championship course, also offers lawn bowls, croquet, tennis and squash. There is also a public courses in the neighbouring suburb of Bondi.