8.1 out of 10

Watsons Bay

Ranked 288th best suburb in Sydney (Greater)
-33.8388626042003 151.281221235382
Great for
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Eating Out
  • Clean & Green
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Internet Access
Not great for
  • Childcare
  • Cost of Living
  • Medical Facilities
Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Singles


5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5

"Watsons Bay - a fun place to visit but couldn't afford to live there!"

Watson’s Bay, in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, is 11 kilometres north east of the CBD within the local government area of Woollahra. It has quite a small population of only 766 people (2006 census) with the majority being between the ages of 18 to 60.

It is a very prestigious harbour side suburb with house prices in the millions. It stands at the entrance to Sydney Harbour on South Head and its only adjacent suburb is Vaucluse to the south.

It has two beaches, Camp Cove and Lady Bay – a legal nude beach. It is home to the famous (or infamous) Gap – the scene of many tragic suicides and many gallant rescues.

It is a very popular place for tourists and Sydneysiders alike to visit on the weekends. There are lots of heritage buildings to see and places to eat. Possibly the most famous of these would be Doyle’s Seafood Restaurant first opened by the Doyle family in 1885 and now five generations later still going strong. It is recommended that a booking is made, especially on weekends; otherwise you will not get in. I remember as a special treat being taken to Doyle’s as a child – I thought it was fantastic sitting outdoors eating watching the happenings on the harbour.

Watsons Bay – definitely worth a visit but if you want to live there be sure to have a hefty bank balance!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

"Watsons Bay - Expensive living but great place to visit."

Watsons Bay is a harbour side suburb in the eastern suburbs of Sydney. Watson Bay is a residential area yet attracts visitors not only from overseas but also neighbouring suburbs. Famous for “The Gap” a high cliff overlooking the sea, this suburb also has a great park near the water which is ideal for picnics and social get togethers. Watson’s bay has a harbour side pool which is netted, a wharf where many people like to fish and the very busy Watson Bay Hotel with a great beer garden for sunny days. Watsons Bay is also of the world renowned Doyle’s Seafood Restaurant. Homes prices here are very expensive and there are very few rentals.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

"Prime suburb in Sydney"

Watsons Bay is about a fifteen minutes' drive from Sydney City and it is located in the eastern suburb of Sydney. This suburb is a very popular tourist destination as most operators will stop here for The Gap and allow tourists the time to take photos of the popular cliff.

Watsons Bay is also famous for Doyle's seafood restaurant and it's multimillion dollars homes. Apart from these, there is a pub, ice-cream shop, convenience store and gelato store along the main road. There is also a park that faces the harbour and it is very popular with the locals on the weekends.

Although there are many houses here and the location is really close to the city, it is a very expensive suburb with property prices ranging in the millions and not everyone can afford to live here.

Unranked Streets in Watsons Bay

Gap Road

"A great lifestyle"
-33.84428 151.2846
"Beautiful views - very touristy"
-33.839455073 151.2799747944
"Beautiful waterfront, and historic location."
-33.84054 151.279

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