Watsons Bay

Watsons Bay NSW

Watsons Bay

Welcome to Watsons Bay

What used to be a charming old fishing village is now a lovely tourist spot visited by travellers from across the globe.

Watsons Bay in Australia is located on Sydney’s eastern side, at the tip of the South Head peninsula. Perfect for family outings, the place also offers an excellent location for a family picnic, a seafood-dining experience, swimming at the harbourside pool or walking through its historic lighthouse.

How To Get There

Getting to Watsons Bay is accessible through public transport. There are ferries from Circular Quay commuting to Sydney Harbour that takes less than 20 minutes. You can also hop onto a bus if you are coming from Walsh Bay, Hyde Park, Barangaroo, and King’s Cross.

Places Of Interest

Exploring Watsons Bay is perfect for a relaxing day by the Beach or learning more about the area’s fascinating past.

Watson Bay Beach

This spot is perfect for picnicking, swimming, or soaking up the incredible waves. Enjoy sunbathing and stunning views of the city skyline.

Watson Bay Baths

For the serious swimmer, the Watsons Bay Bath, located on the shores of Watsons Bay, is a go. The harbour pools were built in 1858 and are Australia’s oldest saltwater swimming pools. Don’t worry; the pools are protected and enclosed to keep swimmers safe from sharks and other aquatic visitors occasionally seen in the Australian ocean.

Camp Cove Beach

The secluded and picturesque Camp Cove Beach offers a stunning view of Sydney Harbour. There’s a small café on the premises where you can enjoy refreshing drinks and excellent snacks while taking in the area’s natural beauty.

The Gap

The Gap is located at the southern end of the Watson Bay headland, between South Head and Gap Park. It is a natural rock formation that provides a dramatic view of the harbour and coastline.

Hornby Lighthouse

At the top of South Head, you will reach the historic Hornby Lighthouse, created in 1958, right after the Dunbar sank. It has distinctive red and white striped paintings, perfect for photo enthusiasts. You can spot whales at the coast during their yearly migration between May and November.

Where To Stay

Wildlife Retreat at Taronga

If you’re interested in wildlife, you might want to consider this 5-star eco-retreat located right next to Taronga Zoo. Various accommodation options are available at Wildlife Retreat at Taronga, from tents and cabins to glamping pods, so you can find something to suit your needs and budget.

Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel

The Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel boasts its postcard-perfect panoramas at the shoreline of one of Sydney’s most iconic harbour beaches. You can order a seafood platter at the waterfront for an afternoon of elegance at their 32 light-bathed rooms and suites. But, of course, this 4-star-rated hotel near Watsons Bay makes a perfect spot to catch the sunset too!

Where To Eat

Baithouse in the Tea Garden Watsons Bay

If you’re grabbing a quick bite or coffee while exploring Watsons Bay, try this lovely cafe next to Watsons Bay library with stunning views of Sydney Harbour Bridge. Great for taking the kids to enjoy the spacious outdoors.


The Watson Bay Boutique Hotel is also great for breakfast, lunch or dinner, with a menu that features something for everyone. The hotel comprises the Beach Club, The Kiosk, Takeaway Kiosk and the Sports Bar, offering everything from pub classics to gourmet pizzas, fine dining and a selection of wines and beers to enjoy.

Doyles on the Beach

Offering fine dining where you can indulge in the freshest lobster, prawns and fish!  Try Watsons Bay, Chardonnay, the perfect accompaniment with any seafood dish! Their oaky ice-cold Chardonnay will capture the heart of wine drinkers.


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