Thinking of escaping Sydney city for the day to experience what this beautiful place has to offer? Well, I have the perfect place for you! Read on and you will be planning your trip before you reach the end of the article.
When visitors to Sydney plan their day trips, a very large majority will head to the seaside suburbs of Bondi, Coogee or Manly. Quite rightly so, these places are popular with locals and travellers and certainly worth a visit. But it is possible that you may have been to these places before or maybe you're just up for something a little different.
If so then there is a small, picturesque, harbour side called Watsons Bay and from the time you start your journey to get there you will know you will be spending your time wisely.
You can get to Watsons Bay by car or bus, however without a doubt the best way to get there is to take the ferry from Circular Quay. It only takes about 20 minutes and adds to the "day trip" feel of things. The ferry will stop at the exclusive harbour side suburbs of Double Bay and Rose Bay on the way and you will see some of the most luxurious residences in Sydney. Tickets are only $5.80 one way, making this very inexpensive for those backpackers who are on a budget.
Once you arrive to Watsons Bay, you will instantly feel relaxed and forget that only moments ago you were in the middle of the city. It is quaint, pretty and you can walk along the coast where there is plenty of nature and wildlife to admire, or sit back, relax and unwind on one of the beaches along the way. There are also some nudist beaches for those who are really wanting to avoid any white bits! If sand isn't your thing, there is a large park near the wharf where you can also chill and admire the stunning views of Sydney city and the Harbour Bridge. It is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic or kick a football about.
You can visit Hornby Lighthouse or learn about the Dunbar which sunk in 1857. The anchor from the ship acts as a memorial to the 121 people that died. For lunch you must not miss the opportunity to enjoy the fish 'n' chips from the famous Doyles Restaurant next to the jetty. The restaurant has been open since 1885 and is extremely popular with seafood lovers. Before you board the ferry back to Circular Quay there is one more thing that you must do... and that is, enjoy a beverage of your choice at the iconic Watsons Bay Hotel. Watsons Bay is an amazing place but it wouldn't be the place it is without the hotel, so make sure you allow enough time to have a couple of drinks there.
So if you're in Sydney for a short period or for a while, make the most of the other nearby places this city has to offer, grab your friends and head to Watsons Bay!