LifestyleVenture 11km north east of the CBD to find yourself in the delightful harbourside suburb of Watsons Bay. This prestigious haven stands on the end of the South Head Peninsula at the entrance to Sydney Harbour with only one adjacent neighbouring suburb to the south, Vaucluse. Basking in breathtaking views and surrounded by picturesque beaches, Watsons Bay is the epitome of sensational Sydney living.
Steeped in history, it is Australia's oldest fishing village, boasting a quaint collection of heritage buildings dating back to the 19th Century - including the popular Doyle’s seafood restaurant, St Peter's Church on Old South Head Road, plus the charming old Scout Hall and former school residence designed by George Mansfield.
A popular spot for lifestyle lovers, Watson’s Bay is perhaps most famous for “The Gap” a dramatic ocean cliff overlooking the magnificent Pacific Ocean and taking in views over to Manly and North Head. The area also offers two harbour beaches, namely Camp Cove and Lady Bay (a legal nude beach), plus a wonderful waterside park ideal for picnics and social get togethers.
Here you can stroll along the awe-inspiring coastline, indulge in fish and chips in the open air and dip your toes in the bay, as yachts sail by. If the summer sun gets too hot to handle, grab a mouthwatering gelato or head to the popular Watson Bay Hotel with it’s fabulous beer garden to take in an icy cold beverage and million dollar views.
PeopleWith only a small population of approximately 766 people, Watsons Bay is home to a distinct mix of young and mature professionals and retirees. Mostly residential, this cherished haven exudes a relaxed and understated sophistication, that come every weekend buzzes with visitors, from all over Sydney and overseas.
HomesWhilst you’ll be hard pressed finding rental homes in Watsons Bay, you will find a line up of some of Sydney’s most prestigious property. Million dollar real estate is the status quo here and investing in this premium harbourside pocket is definitely not for the lighthearted.
If you’re willing to be patient and wait for a rare and undoubtably premium property to make itself available, you will secure yourself one of the best pieces of real estate Sydney has to offer.
The most popular and scenic way to arrive at Watsons Bay is via Ferry. Hop on one of the many ferries from Circular Quay and you’ll be at Watsons Bay within 12 minutes.
The 324 & 325 Sydney buses make regular trips to Watsons Bay from Circular Quay in the city. Alternatively you can jump on the train to arrive at Edgecliff station and then catch the bus from there onto Watsons Bay.
Another fabulous way to beat the traffic and arrive to the bay in style is via water taxi. Kick-back and enjoy the sights with your own private skipper who will highlight the stunning harbour attractions.
SchoolsThis premier location enjoys proximity to an abundance of excellent schools including Kambala, Scots College, Emanuel and Vaucluse Public School.
Watsons Bay features a smattering of cafes, restaurants and boutique businesses. Aside from the great seafood on offer at Doyles, choose from a good variety of takeaway including Thai, Chinese, and Chargrill Chicken.
The Tea Gardens
This family-friendly café comes with a grassed play area for the kids so you get to soak up the ambience of Sydney harbour stress-free. Enjoy a delicious meal outdoors on the umbrella covered paved area or inside in the cosy relaxed atmosphere whilst you watch countless moored sailing boats bob about on the sparkling harbour.
Doyles on the Beach
A mecca for Sydneysiders and tourists alike, Doyles’ is Australia's first seafood restaurant still standing on it’s original foreshore location since 1885. Family owned and operated for over 5 generations it offers both indoor and outdoor dining and the magnificent panorama of Sydney Harbour. The restaurant offers a stunning range of fresh seafood for lunch and dinner, 7 days a week.
Watsons Bay Hotel
With a relaxed cool seaside décor and an “all are welcome” attitude, the Watsons Bay Hotel is the perfect pit stop for a refreshing beverage and sensational views. Inspiration for the menus have come from the proximity to the sea, as well as the chefs dedication and passion for fresh seasonal produce and quality seafood. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days there is something for everyone.
Recreational FacilitiesCoastal Walks
One of the best ways to enjoy the magnificence of Watsons Bay is via foot. There are two walking paths from Watsons Bay wharf – one which will take you north past the nude beach at Lady Bay, and then on to South Head where you can view the Hornsby Lighthouse. The other walking path meanders south past The Gap (an ocean cliff facing the Tasman Sea) and then along past the Signal Station and Macquarie Lighthouse.
Watsons Bay Baths
This harbourside tidal enclosure is popular with all age groups. Renovated in, in 2010 it includes a new Olympic-size pool with two floating sunbathing pontoons, boardwalk and seating. It also includes Australia's first deep water wheelchair access to a tidal harbour pool.
Situated right at the heart of Watsons Bay, Robertson Park is a great place to enjoy a family picnic with playground facilities and harbour and city views. It's only a quick walk away from Watson Bay Baths and the Gap.
Reopened in 2011, this significant heritage building has been revitalised both inside and out. Whether it’s a gala dinner, theatre-style breakfast presentation, product launch, board meeting or themed cocktail party, Dunbar House offers a range of spaces to suit events of all styles.
Lady Jane Beach
A pioneering nude beach between South Head and Camp Cove - this little stretch of sand at the end of South Head peninsula is a no-clothing zone (athough you can still wear clothes if you dare!). This teeny-tiny beach packs a mighty punch with its spectacular views and is ideal for those who enjoy a quiet swim, and all-over sun tan.
Watsons Bay is only a short drive to Sydney's iconic Bondi Beach. Simply travel south along Old South Head Road and then turn left onto Military Road (which changes to Campbell Parade) to enjoy the sights and sounds of Australia's most loved beach.