Watsons Bay is an ideal place to go if you have limited time to experience the magnificent Sydney Harbour. For a cheap ferry ride from Circular Quay wharf no. 4 one may experience amazing views of prestigious waterfront properties, sailing ships and the natural aspects of the harbour panorama all along the way. A tip for visitors - take a tourist map of Sydney Harbour so you may identify landmarks you see. Once you arrive at the Watson's Bay ferry wharf, explore by foot what was once a fisherman's village. Lunch is popular at Doyle's Cafe right on the wharf, at the Watson's Bay Hotel as you come off the wharf, or at Doyle's Restaurant on the beach. Many visitors to Watsons Bay go for a picturesque walk to the Gap, an infamous ocean cliff sadly known in former years for suicides. From the South Head Heritage Trail Walk (see below) you can see North Head and Manly - which are directly opposite -  and the city to the west. On this walk you will pass Lady Bay, one of 3 legally sanctioned nude bathing beaches on Sydney Harbour.

The Gap

 Cliffs at The Gap

 Attractions and Things To Do

  • South Head Heritage Trail Walk - a harbour foreshore walk combining nature, views and history Click here
  • Camp Cove
  • Lady Bay Beach - legal nudist beach
  • Hornby Lighthouse
  • Crimean war fortifications
  • Dunbar Memorial
  • The Gap
  • Jacob's Ladder
  • Eating fish and chips - perhaps at Doyles restaurant which has been around since 1885

View of city from Watsons Bay


  • Doyles on the Beach
  • Doyles on the Wharf (take away/kiosk)
  • Watsons Bay Hotel
  • Watsons Bay Tea Gardens, 8 Marine Parade, Watsons Bay, 9337 5548
  • and other places to choose from



    Circular Quay ferry to Watsons Bay