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by Gypsy Rose (subscribe)
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Published May 30th 2018
Sit under the trees, take a stroll and enjoy a picnic
There are many splendid parks to explore throughout picturesque Sydney and some just capture that special moment for a very long time. Robertson Park, in the charming Watsons Bay, is one of those parks that make you keep coming back and it is certainly a very memorable point of interest!

Robertson Park has an array of fun, exciting & relaxing activities for all ages to enjoy.


Robertson Park provides a significant tourist destination for local residents as well as visitors from Australia and worldwide. It is also a gateway to explore The Gap and surrounds, Hornby Lighthouse and the spectacular walk to Macquarie Lighthouse and beyond.

Be sure to admire the awe-inspiring trees at the park.


What makes Robertson Park so much more special is its association with the earliest colony days. Two years after Europeans first arrived at Sydney Cove a Lookout Post was established in 1790 at South Head. Although there are no physical remains of the houses and gardens that were built for the signalmen, it is believed that they were located in the grounds that is known as Robertson Park today.



The establishment of Robertson Park was after the death of Sir John Robertson, five times premier of New South Wales. Sir Robertson and his wife Lady Margaret Emma Robertson lived in Clovelly from 1864 and purchased the property in 1878. Robertson died at Clovelly in 1891 and the house remained in private ownership until it was no longer fit for human habitation. In 1902 it was demolished and the archaeological survey of Robertson Park identified what appeared to be some physical remains of Clovelly House and outbuildings in the northeastern corner of the Park.

Breathtaking views of the city can be seen from the rotunda.


Robertson Park was also used as a lookout base during WWII. Trenches were dug on the western side of the park for protection during an attack. Newspaper cuttings from 1940s reveal that the Council organised a series of 'children's days' to celebrate peace following the end of World War II. It included a fancy dress parade, treasure hunt, and athletic and sailing events.

The marina on the park's edge is a wonderful spot to reflect and watch the yachts & ferries go by.


The park also held Jubilee celebrations for King George V with events for children and included firework displays.

Another interesting history about Robertson Park was that the Birrabiragal people lived around Watsons Park and South Head and remains from their occupation can be seen in the form of the shell middens and rock art around the harbour's edge in the Park.

Not many people know about the rich and interesting history of this picturesque Park


With so much history Robertson Park is the perfect place to experience a wonderful day out exploring the park and admiring the spectacular surrounding scenery. The park also features Norfork Island Pines, Moreton Bay Figs, well-grassed lawns and many ideal picnic spots.

The beautiful Moreton Bay Fig Tree is the first thing you upon arriving by ferry to Robertson Park


Robertson Park has ensured its continued popularity with locals and tourists alike by offering one of the most sublime views of Sydney city and marina views that are home to bobbing yachts and busy ferries and with its proximity to Ferry wharves and bus services. So be sure to visit this stunning park!

The park facilities include park benches, public toilets, playground, access to Watsons Bay Baths, rotunda and nearby food outlets.

There are picnic tables to enjoy throughout the park.


The best way to get to Robertson Park is by Ferry from Circular Quay. There is a regular public bus service too.

Parking is extremely limited and difficult to find.


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Why? A relaxing park with scenic marina views
When: All year round
Where: Marine Parade, Watsons Bay
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Gypsy Rose, there is no "marina" at Watson's Bay. There is a wharf, beach, swimming enclosure and boat shed. John.
by jmswa (score: 0|9) 144 days ago
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