A Day at Camp’s Cove Beach by Watson Bay, Sydney, Australia

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Our last visit to Sydney’s Beaches was to Camp’s Cove at Watson Bay. While less popular than one of the other more famous beaches in the Sydney area, it still offered a quiet beach experience with grainy sand and water sports amid calm waters. While a less popular spot than many of the other beaches around the Sydney area, this secret beach was a spot for people looking to get away from the crowds and other beach goers in the Sydney area.


This post is one chapter in our trip to Australia on Air Canada & Qantas Business Class and United Airlines. This trip was booked using British Airways Executive Club Avios and Starwood Preferred Guest (Marriott Bonvoy) points. For more information on how this trip was booked, please see our trip introduction here. For other parts of the trip, please see this index.

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Region Visit: A Day at Camp’s Cove Beach by Watson’s Bay, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

This post is about our day trip to Watson’s Bay, Sydney, Australia. For other attractions in Sydney, please see our visit to Historic Landmarks of the Central Business District, the Sydney Opera House Harbour Front walk, or our visit to Bondi Beach, Sydney.


Getting to Camp’s Cove Beach:

The last day of beaches in Sydney took us to Watson Bay. We hopped on board the ferry from Darling Harbour to Circular Quay, then connected onwards to Watson Bay. We managed to get by on the same ticket as we changed ferries on the same platform but it was supposed to be two separate tickets at $6 AUD each.

The trip out to Camps Cove took us out from Circular Quay, past the Sydney Opera House, and straight along the harbour waterways.

A View of the Sydney Harbour Bridge on the way to Camp’s Cove
Views of the Sydney Opera House from the Water
Heading Eastward on the Water

Before we knew it, we were arriving to the quieter waters of Watson’ Bay. The calmer waters were home to lots of para-sailers who were taking the day out on the water.

Seaside Homes of Camps’ Cove
Sailers in Quieter Watson’s Bay

Watson’s Bay Promenade:

Our arrival from the ferry to Watson’s Bay led us to the small town of Watson’s Bay. It was a quiet, out of the way place, with a very short promenade pockmarked with small row bows on the shoreline.

Watson Bay Promenade
Watson’s Bay Transportation

The Day at the Beach at Camp’s Cove:

We had about 3 hours of beach time at Camp Cove with lunch at the small sandwich stand there for snacks. Again, it was another great beach spot, without the fanfare of Shelly Beach or Bondi Beach.

The Neighbourhood Beach of Camp’s Cove
Camp’s Cove: quiet serenity
Sydney Coastlines
Camp’s Cove
Stand Up Paddleboarding
Camp’s Bay Beaches

Walking towards Lady Bay:

Getting our usually daily exercise, we did another loop walk past nudist Lady Bay with naked men (it’s a clothing optional location), then over to the South Head Heritage Trail and a view of the Pacific Ocean. There was more fabulous coastline with the candy striped Hornby Lighthouse and sandstone light keepers cottages with a view that led toward the Tasman Sea and eventually the Pacific Ocean.

Lady Bay Beach
Water views
Water Views towards the Pacific Ocean
Sydney Coastline
Coast Trails
Rugged Ocean Coastline

My Thoughts on Camps Bay and Sydney Beaches:

Overall, I was quite impressed with Sydney’s beaches. It’s not often that you get a major urban center that has access to nice sandy spots within a 30 minute ferry. Camps Bay at Cape Town South Africa and the beaches of Miami are the closest that come to mind. Either way, it’s a great idea to have in the back pocket when you need a break from the concrete and sandstone buildings of downtown Sydney.


If you’ve visited Camp Cove or Lady Bay Beaches in Sydney, Australia, did you find it as appealing as Sydney’s other city beaches?

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