Its only 11km north east of the CBD but Watsons Bay (postcode 2030) feels like a different world. Sitting at the end of the South Head peninsular it encapsulates some of Sydney’s most amazing views. Tiny weather board cottages intermingled with Victorian Terraces and waterfront estates. Here is where Sydneysiders come to play, relax and take in the surroundings. It is considered to be the Palm Beach or Hamptons of the East.
Tourists love the awe inspiring view from The Gap and bus loads are dropped here daily for that postcard photo of Sydney Harbour headlands. From The Gap there is a leisurely heritage walk of about 500m which is a Sydney history lesson featuring relics of old cannons and rifle walls and leads you to the red and white striped Hornby lighthouse.
The closest school is Vaucluse Public. A well regarded primary school, catering towards the local children in a quiet area with beautiful grounds.
Watsons Bay Park is a great place to relax and enjoy fish & chips from Doyle’s whilst the children play on the swings and slides. The playground has been recently rejuvenated but don’t expect a highly engaging experience for the kids as unfortunately it’s sparse in its equipment.
The view from Watsons Bay is nothing short of spectacular – the tranquil waters of Sydney Harbour, the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Enjoy morning tea at the Teagardens Cafe, and spend some quality time with the kids at the mini Woollahra library which is adjoining the café. On Tuesdays they have special story time for pre-schoolers at 10.30am so mums can grab a coffee and relax! Walk the promenade, swim in the recently updated Baths or stop in at Watsons Bay Hotel for a quick bite and cocktail. And finish off with a well-deserved gelato from Gelatissimo. There are so many fabulous options to explore.
Life here is easy, but expect to pay for the privilege – one of those cute 2 bedroom cottages just sold for over $2 million! The bay is tightly held and well loved by its residents.