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Published May 7th 2017
A beautiful walk with water views & wheelchair-friendly
Watsons Bay has so much natural beauty - it is the perfect place for nature walks. It has a lot of other attractions like great restaurants, cafes, amenities and beaches. A lot of the walking is on a flat surface so it is wheelchair friendly. I cannot do this walk justice as it has so much to offer. A scenic place that is free for all to enjoy.
As you walk along the promenade, you will pass the famous Doyle's Restaurant. You may want to stop for a meal. This is something everyone should do once. This iconic restaurant has fabulous seafood and terrific views.
There are parking areas in Watsons Bay. Another way to get there is by ferry from Circular Quay or the Manly Fast Ferry. The Manly Fast Ferry goes directly to Watsons Bay. I live in Manly and have taken the ferry lots of times this summer. It only takes seventeen minutes and is a magical way to travel across the water to Watsons Bay.
Water view of Manly Fast Ferry that goes to Manly from Watsons Bay.
When you reach the end of the promenade, the walk follows along a footpath. From here it is a short distance to Camp Cove Beach. This walk takes about twenty minutes all on the flat. You will arrive at a beautiful beach which has amenities and a cafe. It is a great place to have a swim.
You will go along a path with beautiful water views. Down below through the trees, one gets a glimpse of Lady Jane Beach. Lady Jane Beach is a nudist beach. I thought it best to mention this, in case you want to go for a swim.
Continue on this walk to see views of extraordinary beauty overlooking the water. There are lots of areas to stop and admire the view or rest for awhile. This walk will take about thirty minutes without stops.
Finally, the lighthouse will be in in view. Watson Bay Light House was originally designed by convict architect Frances Greenway. It was built in 1818 and rebuilt in 1883. Frances Greenway received a pardon for a job well done.
An interesting historical event which happened on the rocks below Watson Bay was the shipwreck of the Dunbar. There is information about this event written on a large board near the lighthouse.
In 1838, some one hundred and twenty people died when the British clipper ship was shipwrecked on the rocks below Watson Bay.
Look closely at the last photo - it has views right across the harbour to Manly. Manly looks so close and it is. So do as I do, take the Ferry direct to Watson Bay. It is so simple and a great trip on our beautiful harbour.