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Eastern Bays and Beaches

Camp Cove (Photo Andrew Gregory; Destination NSW)


It’s one of the most popular and scenic drives in Sydney, with magnificent views along the way. We recommend that you go during the week or take public transport on weekends.
New South Head Road takes you all the way from Rushcutters Bay to Watsons Bay, through Double Bay and Rose Bay shopping villages. The annual City to Surf Fun Run to Bondi Beach follows this route. It is popular for walkers and joggers all year.

Nielsen Park (Photo Ian Lever; Destination NSW)

ROSE BAY, the largest bay in Sydney Harbour. Walk around the harbour foreshore, enjoy a meal at a cafe or club, hire a kayak or catamaran, fly over Sydney by seaplane or take the 1.4km Hermitage Foreshore Scenic Walk from Bay Hill Road.

Stylish Shopping (Photo Gerry Colley; Destination NSW)

WATSONS BAY World famous seafood restaurants, take away fish and chips in the park and a great waterfront pub.

Walkthrough Robertson Park to THE GAP and witness the power and ferocity of the sea. Here, just one person survived the tragic wrecking of the migrant ship ‘Dunbar’ in 1857. ‘The ‘Dunbar’ anchor memorialises the event.

Walk further along the cliff tops to MACQUARIE LIGHTHOUSE. Completed in 1883, replacing the original structure, it is the longest-serving lighthouse in Australia. Sydney Harbour Federation Trust conducts tours. Tel: (02) 8969 2100

Macquarie Lightstation

Following the wreck of the ‘Dunbar’ the Hornby Lighthouse was completed in 1858 at the tip of SOUTH HEAD to warn of the navigational hazards entering Sydney Harbour. Today this is a great spot to view the whole of Sydney Harbour, particularly on Boxing Day at the start of the annual Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. For information:

Travel by bus or ferry from Circular Quay Tel: 131500 or

Bondi Beach (Photo Mikala Wilbow, lets Go Surfing)

Bondi Beach – Photo © Alex Proimos

To visit Australia’s most famous beach at BONDI we recommend you purchase a Bondi Beach Link Ticket which combines train and bus travel to Bondi Beach.
> Bondi to Bronte Clifftop Coastal Walk
> Learn to surf with a beach-side surf school
> Picnic or BBQ at beach-side parks.
> Enjoy cafes, restaurants and hotels
> Have an ‘underwater’ experience at the Marine Discovery Centre.
> Annual Festival of the Winds and Sculpture by the Sea
> Theatre, music and art at the Bondi Pavilion

Information Centres at Bondi Pavilion Bondi Beach and Waverley Library Denison Street, Bondi

SWIMMING Enjoy harbour swimming and picnicking at Redleaf Pool, Watsons Bay, Camp Cove, Parsley Bay and Nielsen Park. Bondi and Bronte are excellent ocean swimming beaches. Always remember to obey the lifeguards and swim only between the yellow and red flags.

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