Explore The Bay


Wander around the stunning Watsons Bay headland, the historic Macquarie and Hornby lighthouses and The Gap. Breathe fresh sea air and gaze at the city skyline. Borrow our custom picnic bikes for a day in the park, or spot native marine life from a paddleboard. In season, you might even see a humpback whale. There’s a holiday right here on the doorstep, and our front desk team are your human guidebooks, happy to share their insider info and ideas.

Go Walkabout

A spectacular vista of the city skyline and unobstructed views of the vast Pacific Ocean – Watsons Bay has it all, including some incredible walking paths. Put on your active gear and climb the sandstone steps of The Gap for unsurpassed panoramic views of the ocean. For the keen, you can walk all the way to Bondi following the coastline but most enjoy walking to the classic Hornsby Lighthouse, chatting to the friendly locals and patting their adorable pups on the way. Whichever direction you take we promise remarkable views, lush greenery and fresh air.


Bicycle Hire

Enjoy a day by the bay & book a bike to take in the sights. UPGRADE to our delight picnic pack from $60. Includes a gourmet sandwich to share, cheese and meat selection, seasonal fruits and sweet treats. Bike hire is available at Hotel reception.

A bike and picnic set up on the grass with two plates of food and two champagne flutes.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Paddle Boarding along Watsons Bay is a must-do for all visitors. The calm currents and shallow waters are perfect conditions for beginners to get their balance and for those wanting to explore more of Sydney Harbour. Starting from $35 a session, contact our mates at Watsons Bay Stand Up Paddling (WATSSUP) and go for it!

A man on a paddle board in the sea.

Camp Cove

One of Watsons Bay’s hidden treasures… Camp Cove is an elusive enclave, just a short walk north from the hotel. The beach boasts pristine waters and forms the perfect setting for either a relaxed picnic with the family, or an adventurous snorkel. Ask hotel reception for a map, slap on some sunscreen and get exploring!

Wedding Spot Camp Cove

Sunset Hour

We pride ourselves on being one of Sydney’s most instagrammable venues with one of Sydney’s most stunning views of the harbour! Every inch of Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel was designed to accentuate the panoramic harbour views – so take a seat in our Top Deck, Beach Club, or on our Sunset Room balcony and relax… Insiders tip? Bring a camera for when the sun sets!


Harbour View

Whale Watching

From mid-May through to October, we are privileged to see the great migration of whales in the thousands as they make their way along the Pacific Ocean coast line in search of warmer water. Watsons Bay and South Head are a prime vantage point and just a five minute walk from the hotel; soak in the panoramic ocean view at The Gap and try your luck spotting Hump Back whales, Southern Right whales, Common Dolphins, Bottle Nose Dolphins and even Blue Whales!

whales in watsons bay