Watson Bay is a bay with a port on its western side, approximately 11 kilometres northeast of Sydney’s central business area. Previously a fishing community, Watsons Bay today offers breathtakingly beautiful views of the harbour and coastal landscapes.
Go to Watson Bay if you want to spend your summer basking in the sunshine, surrounded by picture-perfect scenery, and experiencing unbroken enjoyment. Take a stroll along the stunning beach or chow down on seafood platters at any of the nearby restaurants. We can guarantee that the beautiful sunset and views of the azure harbour will make your day.
There are several things to do close to Watson Bay. Visit Robertson Park, the Gap, and Camp Cove, for example, or stroll to Hornby Lighthouse, Macquarie Lighthouse, and other lighthouses.
In terms of history, Watson Bay is the oldest fishing community in Australia. The Cadigal people were the area’s first occupants. European settlers first visited Watson Bay in 1788 and settled at Camp Cove. Later, as the number of European settlers grew, Watson Bay became the home of the military and governmental personnel who worked at the nearby sites. Watson Bay continued to be a small fishing community until development got underway in the 1860s. Did we also mention that this location bears Robert Watson’s (1756–1819) name?
We must admit that Watson Area is rich in history. So if you’re truly interested in finding out more, take a trip in and around the area. And yeah, make sure to stop by the Dunbar, a shipwreck from the middle of the 19th century. You may stroll past the location on the southern coastal path. Make a Sydney city tour with Sydney Private Tours for your vacation to Watson Bay and the area’s attractions to get the most out of this location.
Things to Do Watson Bay:
- Take seaside walks.
- Go to the neighbouring Gap Park.
- Try Stand Up Paddling.
- Spend time on Lady Bay Beach (nude bath is permitted here)
- Pass by the Signal Station.
- Pay a visit to the Macquarie Lighthouse.
- Explore Green Point Reserve.
- Explore Shakespeare’s Point
- Undertake The Cliff Walk of Federation
- Try seafood at Doyles on the Beach
- Stroll through the area to see the old structures.
Places of Interest Near Watson Bay:
- The Gap
- Camp Cove
- Laing Point (or the Green Point)
- Hornby Lighthouse
- Macquarie Lighthouse
- South Head Fortifications
- South Head Outer Fortifications
- Aboriginal Rock Art
- Watsons Bay Signal Station
- HMAS Watson
- Lady Bay
- Old South Head Road
- Heritage Buildings and churches
New South Wales 2030, Australia
Best Time to Visit:
February to May or September to November