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“A must visit for overseas travellers (and Aussies too!)” 5 of 5 stars
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Watson's Bay
Watson's Bay, Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Ranked #16 of 611 things to do in Sydney
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Sydney, Australia
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“A must visit for overseas travellers (and Aussies too!)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

Sensational location with views looking back over the city. Suggest lunch at the Watsons Bay Hotel, but get there early on a weekend, as many others know how good the area is.

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“Take the Ferry to Watson's Bay!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

Sydney's Ferries are the least expensive way to explore this most beautiful harbour in the world! Jump the ferry for a day at Watson's Bay ... you will pass a series of bays that boast some of the most expensive real estate in the world. Watson's Bay is tucked into a cove at South Head with a lovely small beach, several hotels with harbour views, and some of the best fish and chips you'll ever eat. You may wish to pick up a local map and plan a bush walk to the eastern side of the Bay ... glorious ocean views and a beautiful jewel of a naval chapel are worth exploring before returning on the ferry ... a perfect day on The Harbour!

Visited February 2013
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“Beautiful Walk to the Lighthouse”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

This is a beautiful, relaxing place to spend part of your day in Sydney. The walk out to Hornby Lighthouse has stunning views and lots of history stops (for the history buffs). As other reviewers have noted, be sure to also stop by nearby Macquarie Lighthouse which is also a beautiful lighthouse with stunning vistas.

Visited February 2013
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“Doyle's at Watsons Bay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

Last time we visited was by road at night 12 years ago so this visit during a tour of Sydney harbour was quite different. The location of Doyle's is wonderful with views across the Bay and the skyline of Sydney on the horizon. The food was memorable and the service was as good as I remember it, obviously they specialise in seafood and it is expensive but for a treat it is worth it. It's worth noting that there are cheaper places to eat, Doyle's also have a fish and chips restaurant on the bay where prices are a little cheaper.

Visited February 2013
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“Doyles a little bit dated”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

Heading out to Watsons Bay is always fun - we used to love to go to Doyles but my sense is that it has become a bit more tragically tourist than not. Certainly there are better seafood options, but that view is a good one!

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