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Camp Cove Beach

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by Emma Brown (subscribe)
I'm a freelance journalist and public relations consultant specialising in arts and entertainment.
Published January 24th 2011
Camp Cove Beach is the jewel in the crown of Sydney Harbour.

Close to the entrance of the harbour Camp Cove is a tranquil, picturesque beach nestled in between South Head and Green Point and adjacent to Watsons Bay.

The spot is ideal for sunning, swimming, fishing, snorkelling and is a popular dive site.

Views overlook the stretch of water towards North Head and the CBD's skyline framed by wooded headlands.

Take a 360 degree virtual tour here.

The light coloured sandy beach has a kiosk, showers and rustic change room facilities. Half of the beach, about 500 metres long, has a raised promenade to strut down overlooking the sun bathers and a great vantage point to take in the panoramic view.

The Southern headland marks the start of the Sydney Harbour National Park and the South Head Heritage Trail, a cliff top walk with stunning harbour views.

On the South Head Heritage Trail you can walk up past 'the jump' where adolescents and daredevils take the plunge and jump from the cliffs to the water below.

You can then proceed along the bushy trail past the entrance to Lady Jane Beach - an official nudist beach, so if you're modest you can easily avert your eyes.

The trail then meanders around the HMAS Watson naval base to the South Head lookout the most southern point and entrance to Sydney harbour.

Along the path is historic Hornby Lighthouse, build in 1858, immediately after the tragic wrecking of the ship Dunbar on South Head, where all on board, bar one, perished.

Camp Cove itself is a significant historic site where the First Fleet rested for a night before landing at Sydney Cove in 1788.

Indigenous rock engravings of whales and fish can also be found in the area and there is evidence of habitation by the local Aboriginal people in a rock shelter at the northern end of the Beach.

Camp Cove today is a swanky residential part of Sydney with tasteful architecturally designed wonders, beachside mansions and heritage listed renovated wooden homes that were fisherman's huts.

If you arrive by car, there is free parking if you get there early on Cliff Street, Green Point and Watsons Bay, or you can walk from Watsons Bay bus stop or ferry wharf.

Green Point is the western grassy headland with large trees to sit under for shade and a good sunbathing spot where you can avoid the sand. It is a popular venue to watch the New Year's Eve fireworks from due to the spectacular harbour views.

If you really want to wake up in this bountiful spot Green Point Cottage provides holiday accommodation.

If you have worked up a hearty appetite the Watsons Bay Hotel, Doyles Restaurant famous for fish and chips and the Tea Gardens cafe is around the corner at Watsons Bay.

Vaucluse Beach and Nielsen Park are a 10 minute drive away, the Sydney CBD is only 25 minutes by car or can be reached by ferry or bus. Bondi Beach is 15 minutes away by car, available by bus or you can take the nearly ten kilometre coastal walk there.
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Why? Swim, sun bake, relax and take in one of Sydney's best water views at Camp Cove.
When: anytime
Where: Camp Cove Beach
Cost: Free
Comments
I really like the second picture of the Camp Cove. The view is simply superb. And it's a great article and I could get lot of new information about this place. The route details to other nearby places from this cove is very informative guide. Cheers!
By rozi25 - senior reviewer
Tuesday, 7th of June @ 06:59 am
The nudist beach has been named incorrectly, its Lady Bay Beach, not Lady Jane!
By Debbie - reader
Sunday, 30th of December @ 06:38 am
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