Watsons Bay Things to Do: The Top 7 for Grown Ups


Watsons Bay Sydney is ridiculously beautiful. It is like being in a beautiful beach resort but with views of the Sydney Central Business District. The view are amazing! And all in Sydney’s eastern suburbs – here are Watsons Bay things to do:

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Lots of tasty things to eat at Watsons Bay

1. Watsons Bay Things to Do: Watsons Bay Ferry

It is very easy to get from Circular Quay to Watsons Bay. Captain Cook Ferries runs the ferry and offers single, return and multi tickets – all of which can be purchased online.

The ferries run throughout the day but stop by about 7pm. Do check the Watsons Bay Ferry Timetable online – it takes about 30 minutes to get from Circular Quay to Watsons Bay. There are up to 2 ferries per hour. It is a wonderfully scenic trip!

There are about 5 ferries a day from Darling Harbour ICC or Pier 26. Ferries now also depart from the fantastic new Barangaroo centre in west Sydney – read my post about the fantastic restaurants at Barangaroo here – about 7 times a day.

If you are staying around Manly there is also a ferry between Manly and Watsons Bay. During the week these operate once an hour between 11am and 5pm. The schedule runs for longer on weekends but is still about once an hour.

The ferry stop for Watsons Bay is right outside the Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel and Doyles so it could not be better located. And this is where you can pick it up to head back to Circular Quay.

2. Things to do in Watsons Bay: Take a Photo of The Gap

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The Gap

Once you get off the ferry walk through Robertson Park away from the Watsons Bay Hotel and you’ll get to where the buses stop. Cross the road and you’re at the Gap Sydney which is ahem quite literally drop dead stunning. This is sadly the most popular spot in Sydney for suicides. It is so stunning you can kind of see why but of course very sad. This probably wins as the most photogenic part of Watsons Bay – although the competition is stiff.

3. What to do in Watsons Bay: Watsons Bay Walk

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The Lighthouse Watsons Bay

This 4.5km walk is pretty easygoing and can take up to 2 hours depending on how fast you want to go. The walk starts just past the little strip of beach near Doyles. Walk onto Cove street, turn left onto Pacific Street and then head towards Green Point Reserve. The first stop is Camp Cove where Governor Arthur Phillip first landed. There is a lovely beach here where you can swim and snorkel.

At the northern end of the beach is a kiosk and bathroom. This is also where you can continue the Watsons Bay walk by heading up the staircase. The walk will then take you past a canon and some stunning views of Sydney Harbour.

Next stop is the tiny Lady Bay Beach. Just to warn you this is one of Sydney Harbour’s 3 legally sanctioned nude beaches. If you would prefer to stay clothed there are still some stunning views!

Then you will head along the South Head Heritage Trail which will take you past the Hornby Lighthouse and Lightkeeper’s cottage. After this turn back and return to Watsons Bay.

4. Doyles Watsons Bay

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Barramundi and Chips at Doyles

There are two Doyles restaurants at Watsons Bay – the proper sit down more upmarket restaurant and then the very popular take away with a seating area restaurant that is at the ferry station. I am assuming you are heading to Watsons Bay during the day so I say go and order some delicious fresh seafood at the ferry station one and then head to the general seating area on the other side close to the water. I highly recommend the grilled barramundi (to me Australia’s best white fish) with chips and salad! It is very reasonably priced.

5. Have a swim!

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The view looking at the Sydney sky line

Yes, you can swim almost anywhere in Sydney! Bring your bathers (or togs if you want to be more Australian) and a towel and literally hop in. Then have a nice rest on the sand before you

6.  Have a glass of Australian chardonnay at the Watsons Bay Hotel

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Boats against the city skyline

Go for the quintessential super oaky ice cold Australian Chardonnay at the Watsons Bay Hotel. You can sit outside with your towel wrapped around you and enjoy the buzzy atmosphere and if you stay long enough and are lucky enough an amazing sunset!

Click here for my post on the Top 10 Sydney Highlights for Grown Ups

7. Stay at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel

This super cute boutique hotel has 31 rooms and a rather amazing location! The rooms are beautifully decked out in blue and white to keep that seaside feeling alive. Choose from lofts to suites and your view of choice. The Beach Club will take care of all your food and drink needs.


And don’t miss my post on the 10 Best Sydney Weekend Getaways for Boutique Hotel Lovers

And if you’re heading to Melbourne check out all my posts on my hometown here.

Getting to Sydney:

Yes, I am afraid it is a very long flight and there is no way around that! A stopover in Asia is often a good idea to break things up.

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The only way to make the 24-hour flight not a hideous slice of hell is to find a great deal and go business class! Skyscanner also gives you a good sense of business class prices.



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