It is a considerable journey from Town Hall in Sydney's CBD to the coastal village suburb of Watson's Bay. After catching a train to the outer reaches of the Eastern Suburbs, it is still a twenty minute bus ride to Marine Parade, Watsons Bay. A more scenic alternative can be found in the aquatic journey - a ferry ride from Circular Quay to Watsons Bay. These public transport options are undoubtedly cheaper and more environmentally friendly methods of reaching the very edge of Sydney's east. Even by car, the journey from the CBD to the water can take approximately 20 minutes.
Whatever your preferred method of travel, there is one certainty: Watsons Bay boasts the most idyllic, secluded beaches and staggering ocean views. This use of the word 'ocean' in preference to 'harbour' is not an error; there is no doubt, walking along the headlands of Watsons Bay and Vaucluse, that you are not looking upon the quiet waters of Sydney Harbour, but rather the very edge of a vast expanse of ocean.
That is not to say that Watsons Bay is not welcoming for someone who wishes to enjoy the delights of a day spent at the beach. Gibsons Bay Reserve is the perfect location for a picnic, with park benches and grassed areas in close proximity to fish and chips and the Watsons Bay Tea Gardens.
It is perhaps the desirability of the sandy beach, with the aesthetic bonus of dinghies lining the shore, that causes Wollahra Municipal Council to mandate certain rules about the behaviour of dogs within the confines of the reserve and beach. Dogs are firmly prohibited from the reserve and beach, and are permitted on the footpath only so long as they remain on their leads.