Your Guide To Watsons Bay Wharf

Disabled Access – NO

Food and Drink Options – YES

Tourist Attractions – YES

Transport Links – YES

Shopping Centre – NO

Nightlife – NO

Watsons Bay is located on the south side of the Harbour on the end of the South Head peninsula, and is part of the ferry network. It features a number of convenient bus connections, one platform, and it is unstaffed. The wharf is also a ferry wharf and serves the suburb of Watsons Bay with numerous ferry connections to the rest of the city. It is primarily an affluent residential area, but is also a popular tourist spot for those looking to escape the noise and clutter of the CBD (Sydney’s Central Business District). The bay itself boasts some truly spectacular beaches and, as it is one of the oldest fishing villages in Australia, the seafood is comfortably the best in the city. The real reason many tourists, and locals, visit Watsons Bay, however, is the spectacular, sweeping views, which can be enhanced even further by a few cocktails.

History

Watsons Bay is steeped in history, with several of the buildings in the area dating back to the 19th century, such as St Peter’s Church. The area was originally inhabited by Cadigal people who referred to the area as “Kutti,” and used the area for fishing and collecting shellfish, which it is still used for to this day. The bay was named after Robert Watson, who beached his vessels at Camp Cove (to avoid selling them to the Provost Marshall) and was appointed harbour pilot and harbourmaster of the port of Sydney in 1811. The area is also notable as the final resting place of the Dunbar, a ship that was wrecked against the cliffs below the area known as The Gap in 1857 and caused the loss of 121 lives. The ship apparently mistook The Gap, which is a dramatic ocean cliff, for the harbour entrance. Today, The Gap is still popular with tourists due to its historic relevance and amazing views.

Attractions

Watsons Bay is truly one of the most naturally beautiful areas in Sydney, so you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to walking routes. The area is dotted with idyllic beaches and little nuggets of history, such as the Hornby Lighthouse at the tip of the bay, which has been active for almost 150 years. On the other side of the peninsula, you’ll find the location of the wreck of the Dunbar and further inland you’ll also find the historic Fort Southern. Of the various beaches, Camp Cove is perhaps the most popular with families.

Restaurants & Bars

The Doyles family restaurant has been a staple eatery in the Watsons Bay region for over a century, with the family first opening their doors in 1885. Over 5 generations later and the restaurant still serves the finest, freshest seafood in Sydney. The restaurant also hosts a daily fish market, which not only sells the same fresh produce used by the restaurant, but also features BBQ shack, oyster bar and conventional drinks bar. If you have even a passing interest in seafood, you really can’t afford to not make a trip to Doyles a part of your Sydney vacation. The area also features a number of smaller fish and chips takeaway restaurants and coffee shops, as well as an ice cream parlour and numerous small pubs and bars.