What's at Watsons Bay, Sydney?

Ever since lockdown in Sydney, I couldn't wait to head to my favourite sunset location. There's something about Watsons Bay that I love - the sun setting over Sydney Harbour, the beautiful beaches and lighthouses, and seeing the sailing boats floating on the water. 

Sunset at Sydney Harbour from Watsons Bay, Sydney

I had such memorable moments of seeing the sun setting over Sydney Harbour from Watsons Bay, Sydney. I love seeing the colour of the sky and water change as you can see in the photo below:

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I think the vivid colours creates such a romantic and peaceful feel to the scene. After being in lockdown for so long, I was so grateful to have been able to drive there without fear of kilometre restrictions and police around. I sighed out of relief as I drove along. This was my first sunset I captured since the Sydney reopened. It's like there's a sense of hope and rejuvenation. I no longer take the travel for granted.


Swimming at Camp Cove Beach in Watsons Bay, Sydney

I love swimming at Camp Cove Beach during summer because I could personally sense the calmness to the beach. Camp Cove Beach is one of the finest sandy beaches that overlooks towards Sydney Harbour. It's nice to have a view of Sydney Harbour while swimming. The tide is much gentler than other well-known Sydney beaches. Perfect for snokeling and sunbathing too. 

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The shed featured in the photo above creates a historical feel to Watsons Bay. I feel as if I'm in another part of the world that's secluded. It's tucked in between Green Point and Sydney Harbour National Park. There are showers, changeroom and toilets available. Limited parking on Cliff Street and Victoria Street, Watsons Bay.


Hornby Lighthouse in Watsons Bay, Sydney

This remarkable-looking lighthouse really stands out to me with the candy stripes. A great spot to capture the sunrise and interesting-looking rock faces.

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Hornby lighthouse stands tall at South Head in Sydney Harbour National Park. It was built in 1858 and designed by colonial architect Alexander Dawson. Hornby Lighthouse is the third lighthouse to be built in New South Wales. Accessible via South Head Heritage Trail from Camp Cove Beach.


Macquarie Lighthouse in Watsons Bay, Sydney

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Macquarie Lighthouse was the first lighthouse to be built in Australia. This regal-looking lighthouse is located on Dunbar Head along Old South Head Road. This lighthouse is featured on the Macquarie University logo. Limited free parking along Old South Head Road. There are buses that pass by and stop near Macquarie Lighthouse. 


Best Watsons Bay cafes and restaurants

Bay cafe Watsons Bay

Cafe serving homemade croissants, brownies and pizzas. Fantastic coffee, breakfast and lunch menu.

The Grumpy Baker, Vaucluse

Lovely artisan breads and breakfast menu. Known for their tasty baked treats made in-house such as their own meat pies, sausage rolls, croissants and chocolate brownies. Gluten free breads available there as well. Enjoy these treats with their fabulous coffee served onsite. 

Beach Club at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel

Known as Sydney's most Instagrammable restaurant with its award-winning architecture and beach chic atmosphere, the Beach Club at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel offers fabulous views of Sydney Harbour. This restaurant lies along the lovely Watsons Bay Beach. Enjoy the harbour views while having breakfast, lunch or dinner outside. 

Doyles on the Beach Restaurant and Takeaway

Well-known heritage seafood restaurant and takeaway popular with locals and tourists. The Doyle family have been serving seafood from Watsons Bay since 1885. Fabulous views of Sydney Harbour with the yachts and the city skyline. Lovely fish and chips, seafood platter and pasta menu.  

How to get to Watsons Bay, Sydney

Getting to Watsons Bay via car

Limited street parking available on Cliff St, Cove St and Victoria St.

Getting to Watsons Bay via public transport

Take the Sydney Ferries from Circular Quay across the dazzling Sydney Harbour and arrive in Watsons Bay in less than 20 minutes. A lovely scenic ride via the ferry with the fabulous Sydney Harbour views. Ferry rides via Captain Cook cruises are also available. Book online for tickets.

Buses to Watsons Bay are available from Walsh Bay, Barangaroo, Hyde Park, Kings Cross, Bondi Beach and Circular Quay.


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About Let There Be Life Photo

Karen is the creative founder and photographer of Let There Be Life Photo who loves capturing Sydney and creating happy memories of her hometown. She turns beautiful images into wall art prints for Sydney lovers. If you love this pic, check out more of her Sydney photos featuring Sydney Harbour, Cremorne Point, Balmoral Beach and the eastern suburbs in Sydney.


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