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Walking Around Watsons Bay

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by Janelle (subscribe)
I like to participate in life rather than be a spectator. Music, dancing, theatre, travelling, food, cycling and walking are some of my passions. Writing is an enjoyable pastime that allows me to share my experiences.
Published April 11th 2018
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Views from Robertson Park (image JW)


Stroll around a historic part of Sydney when you walk around Watsons Bay. An enjoyable day can be spent in this area walking, eating, drinking, swimming and playing. This easy coastal walk is 4.5 km long and will take about 2 hours but can be adapted to suit the fitness and pace of the participants. It offers views of the city, ocean and headlands whilst providing historical insights into the area and the colonisation of Australia.

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Gap Bluff (image JW)


Start off at the Watsons Bay ferry wharf and head through the expansive Robertson Park and across Military Road. The rugged cliffs of Gap Bluff are 700 metres from the wharf and provide a stunning but sombre sight.

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Some sights you will see (image JW)


The path travels up to some more lookout platforms then winds through bushland and the 500 metre loop of South Head Heritage Trail. Along the way, you will see gun emplacements that were used during WW2 to protect Sydney Harbour from enemy submarines as well as one of Australia's first lighthouses.

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Camp Cove Beach (image JW)


Pass by the sign to Lady Bay Beach which is a legally sanctioned clothing optional area. Stop to take some photos of the city skyline from the cannon which sits above Camp Cove Beach.

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Life is a beach (image JW)


Camp Cove beach has a small kiosk, toilet block and although not patrolled is a family friendly safe area for snorkelling, swimming and sunbathing. Wander along the beach and up some stairs to Green Point Reserve where you will see an obelisk marking the place where Governor Arthur Phillip first landed in Port Jackson in 1878. Camp Cove is also the place where the Birrabirragal mob who had hunted and fished for thousands of years first encountered the sailors of the First Fleet.

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Views of Watsons Bay


Walking along the promenade, you will pass the famous Seafood restaurant, Doyles On The Beach and The Watsons Bay Hotel. Places to buy food, coffee, ice creams and drinks abound and there are plenty of parks, playgrounds and toilets in the locality.

Take a walk where you will be presented with amazing views and learn about the history of Sydney whilst meeting travellers from all over the world enjoying the Sydney sunshine.
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Why? Enjoy the great outdoors in an iconic part of Sydney
When: Daylight hours
Where: Watsons Bay
Cost: Free
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