Play at Watsons


Winter is the perfect time to learn a new talent, cosy up by the fire, explore your own city or take on a challenge. We’ve got plenty to do here at Watsons, but with winter proving to be one of the best (and least busiest) times to scope out your own backyard, we’ve got our top picks of how to really enjoy the next few months.



Love drawing? Or would like to try it? Come along to this fun and lively Life Drawing class taught by Rachel Carroll in our Hamptons Conference Room. You will be guided through the basics of drawing the human form with a naked model holding a series of poses. All bookings include all materials & a complimentary glass of rosé.

3rd July | $29pp + bf


Whether you’re looking to reignite your creative side or simply relieve stress through the healing powers of painting, you’ll love this 90 minute watercolour workshop. Come and learn how to create beautiful watercolour illustrations using paint and light, whilst our talented artist shares tips and tricks on brushwork and colour mixing. All bookings include all materials & a complimentary glass of rosé.

6 August | $35pp + bf


Every school holidays we put on a great range of activities that the kids will love! This time, we’ve got something for all types of kiddies, from those who like to build, create or decorate, from lego to slime and magic, hop on and check out the full schedule.

Dates: 3 July – 17 July

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Macrame is back!! If you are into boho interiors you’ll understand why this style is having a renaissance. In this fun and crafty class you learn all the basics of macramé, including how to get started, how to use knots to create a pattern and how to customise or design your own pattern for future projects. You’ll leave class with a beautiful wall-hanging and an addictive new hobby. All bookings include all materials & a complimentary glass of rosé.

23 July | $75pp +bf


Explore Sydney

Day-cations, Stay-cations & everything in between!

The insiders guide on how to explore this beautiful city and how you can start, finish or stay at Watsons.

Sydney Beachside Restaurant

Grab n’ go


Grab some of our famous fish n’ chips, a salmon poke bowl, prawns or a sandwich and get ready for a day full of activities. Our kiosk is open from 7am. Nothing says day tripping like take away chippies and a ferry ride on the Harbour.


Insiders tip

Arrive before 10am and you’ll find ample free all day parking around the area!

The view of Macquarie Lighthouse in Watsons Bay on a sunny day.

Get exploring on foot


Whether it’s a walk from Bondi for the more experienced, or a short stroll around the Bay, Watsons has plenty of walking routes to keep you occupied.





Insiders tip

Take a detour past Kutti Beach, and if you’re up for the challenge, pop in for a dip. A favourite for locals, it’s a beautiful hidden gem.

Party in Top Deck overlooking Sydney harbour

Ladies who brunch


Get the gals together and host a brunch! Plenty of options to choose from whether you’re going all out or like to nibble. Nothing beats a frosé over looking the Harbour on a sparkling winters day.



Insiders tip

Upgrade to a premium beverage pack, which gives you access to 4 hours of drinks for $80. Minimum numbers of guests apply.


Sydney Opera House Tours


They say you never explore your own city, so why not get really into it and head to the Sydney Opera House and take a tour inside. Most people will never see the beautiful architecture from the middle of what is one of Sydney’s busiest locations.


Insiders tip

Watch out for Benny on the on the northern VIP steps. This wild long-nose fur seal can be seen all year round, with winter spotting being the highest!

Cosy up in our recently refreshed rooms by Sibella Court

Netflix & Chill


Grab a movie, and chill out in the hotel. Nothing better than a mini vay-cay to feel really rejuvenated. With Netflix in all rooms, and 35% off your stay,why go home when you can enjoy a night in a hotel, recently refurbished by Sibella Court.



Insiders tip

Say ‘Maisie sent you’ and you’ll grab a bottle of our house wine on us.

Chairs in front of fireplace in our Sunset Room

Cosy up by the fire


Grab a hot chocolate and cosy up by the fire and chat all night long about the days adventures! Make a booking and grab a table then retreat up to Sunset.





Insiders tip

Need a cosy place to work? We suggest for those looking for an offsite, to grab a coffee and work the day away in front of our fire place. It’s on all day!

boats with sunset behind at watsons bay

Winter Sunsets


You’ll catch some of the year’s best sunsets during winter. You’ll see more colours of the spectrum in the sunsets, with our famed pink sunsets making an appearance more often than summer. It’s a scientific fact, and our favourite reason to visit in Winter.



Insiders tip

Grab the seats at the front of our Sunset Room, you’ll get a view over Beach Club and Sydney Harbour.


Flying High


Want to see Sydney from the most unique perspective possible? Sydney Seaplanes, a local to the Eastern Suburbs, will take you on a joy ride over the Harbour and you’ll see the sights from a stunning perspective. Then finish your day at Watsons with dinner as you watch the sunset.


Insiders tip

Start or end at Watsons by simply catching the ferry from Rose Bay Wharf, only a 3 minute walk from Sydney Seaplanes.

Whale in front of boat on Sydney Harbour

Whale Watching


May to November sees whales pass through Sydney for their annual migration, and Watsons is the perfect place to be picked up and taken our to get up close and personal.







Insiders tip

Speak to your provider and ask to see if they pick up from Watsons Bay wharf. That way you can start the day with a drink!

Giraffe at Taronga Zoo

Zoo visits


Taronga Zoo is one of the world’s best zoos, and we’re lucky that it’s a quick trip across the harbour on a ferry from Watsons. Open from 9.30am – 4.30pm daily throughout winter, that’s plenty of time to catch the meercats, take a cable car ride and get up close and personal with the tigers.




Insiders tip

Be sure to check out the newest additions to the zoo, the gorilla babies and tiger cubs. cuteness overload! Also, grab your tickets from hotel reception to save 20%.

Q Station sydney Ghost Tours

Get freaky!


If you’re all about scaring the living daylights out of yourself, then Q Station is just for you. Sydney Ghost tours takes you through one of Australia’s most haunted sites, and they say almost everyone will be a believer after experiencing this tour. If you’re not up for ghosts sighting, check out their history tours, less freaky more geeky!


Insiders tip

If you’re not into all things scary, then check it out during the day. It’s still one of Sydney’s most interesting and unique historic landmarks with so many stories to tell.


Sushi at Daniel San in Manly

Chow Down in Manly


Hop on a ferry and head over to Manly, where you’ll find our sister venue, Daniel San. With prime position on Manly Beach and some of the best sushi in the area, hop on in and check out this Okinawa inspired Japanese rock n’ roll bar.





Insiders tip

Ask for the sake menu, it’s their best selling drink and they’ve got plenty to choose from!

Where The Locals Go

Our Top Pick’s for Winter Events in Sydney

Muriel's Wedding Artwork

Muriel’s Wedding


Back for a second season (because yes, it’s that good), Muriel’s Wedding is everything you want in a musical. It will make you cry, laugh and leave wanting more! From June 28 catch this show at The Lyric Theatre.


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Luna Park Sydney Entrance

Winterfest at Luna Park


A great activity for adults or kids. They’ll have tasty treats and ice-skating paired with their unlimited rides pass. Head there at night and be wow’d by the city lights.



Art Gallery NSW Entrance

Archibald Prize


The Archibald Prize is awarded annually to the best portrait, ‘preferentially of some man or woman distinguished in art, letters, science or politics, painted by any artist resident in Australasia’. Running 8 May to 11 September.

Archibald Prize
Ice Skating at St Mary's Cathedral

Sydney Winter Festival


Try their toboggon terror or ‘date and skate’, located in front of St Mary’s Catherdral in the CBD, catch a ferry from Watsons and enjoy live music and a powder machine to bring that real winter feel.


Date n' Skate