Just a short yet lovely ferry ride from Sydney CBD is the little old fishing village of Watsons Bay.
Watsons Bay is located on the southern head of the entrance to Sydney Harbour. To the east is the Tasman Sea and to the west is the Harbour with a glorious view of the city of Sydney in the distance.
Watsons Bay is where Governor Phillip first landed in Australia. It’s also recognised as Australia’s oldest fishing village, having been established in 1788.
The Bay is famous for being the home of the first Doyles Restaurant. The site on which the restaurant now stands is where Doyle originally sold his daily fish catch in 1845. One of the recommended things to do while in Sydney is take the ferry to Watson’s for a bit of a cliff walk followed by Doyle’s fish & chips.
For the cliff walks, there are two walking paths from the wharf, both require around one hour for the round trip. From the wharf you can walk north past Lady Bay (see their nude beach) and on to South Head and see the Hornsby Lighthouse. Alternatively, you can walk south past The Gap and take in Signal Station and Macquarie Lighthouse. See the site of the wreck of the Dunbar.
So, I did just that the other day by myself and again with Sandy & Dan. Here are some photos for your viewing pleasure.
Entrance to the Harbour
Looking towards the Tasman Sea
Ferry arriving in to Watsons Bay
Looking back at Sydney Harbour & the city
Boats docked in Watsons Bay