Watsons Bay And The Gap In Sydney
Watsons Bay is said to be the most picturesque of Sydneys small bays. The Gap provides dramatic cliff top lookouts to the Pacific Ocean.
Watson's Bay is located at the entrance to the harbour and is a lovely place to relax amidst the hubbub of the city. The bay can be reached by bus or ferry and the beach is a delightful way to spend an afternoon.
Many historic homes and other buildings are located in this area. The Gap, which is a spectacular cliff top lookout, can be reached easily from the beach area. This lookout gives an amazing view of the ocean side of South Head. It is also one of Sydney's favorite suicide spots because of the dramatic drop into the sea. Gap Bluff track is said to have a ‘millionaire's view of the ocean.'
Walkways take visitors around the South Head cliffs. The famous Macquarie Lighthouse sits above Watson's Bay in Vaucluse. It is the site of Australia's earliest lighthouse. It is the longest continually running lighthouse station in the country and an important cultural landmark as well. The lighthouse was originally built in 1818 on this site and was replaced in 1988 by the structure that stands there today. The lighthouse in not open to the public at this time but the surrounding parkland and grounds can be visited. These grounds provide breath taking views of the Pacific coast from South Head to Bondi Beach.
Watson's bay wharf is home to the famous Doyle's restaurant that specializes in fish and chips and seafood. Some consider this bay to be the most picturesque of the small bays in the area and this adds to the renown of the restaurant.
Visitors may take a lovely Harbourwalk from Rose Bay to Watson's Bay through the charming south eastern foreshores of the harbour. The walk can be taken in steps or as a whole, visitors will enjoy the rugged cliffs, secluded coves and remnants of bushland that can be seen on the walk. Information may be obtained from the Visitors Centre in the Rocks of the Park Information Centre located in Cadmans Cottage in the Rocks.