Watson Bay to South Head, Sydney


If you arrive in Sydney by ship, you would have passed two headlands aptly named North Head and South Head.  Today my friends and I took a ferry north of the Harbour into the city and from there, another ferry to Watson Bay, then walked the heritage trail to South Head.  It is Sunday so the round trip only costs $2.50 pp (or per family if you have one).

It was cold and overcast when we boarded the ferry into town.  It was 9ºC but the temperature would increase by one degree per hour throughout the day until it stopped at 13ºC .   The clouds cleared for a while before regrouping but we enjoyed our day.

Our first stop was the infamous The Gap bluff, a popular spot for the final solution to many who hurled themselves to the rocks below.    We were hoping to spot some migrating whales but had no luck.   We noticed a seaplane out spotting too.


We saw some beautiful golden wattles in flower but also large patches of weeds. The one with the red flower is in particular invasive as are most of the plants around it.   Looking back towards the city we saw that the bushland was quite degraded.


Onto the trail we went, Ben and Ang leading the way.  Some tourists obligingly wore primary colours to brighten the day though the clouds were starting to move away.

Something has to happen to spoil an otherwise perfect day:  people who bring pets to National Parks where they are forbidden.  This woman ignored the sign and my caution.  Instead she called out to me to say “are you the police?” and on seeing me said “are you the Australian police?”  It seems she does not recognise a non white person as possibly being Australian.  If you recognise this woman please report her to a ranger.

Australian or not, I wish people would respect and value what we have: an ever diminishing open public parkland in the middle of the city, a habitat for the many birds we saw along the track as well as a haven for small native animals.

This lighthouse would be visible to ships arriving through the heads.  It is still in use.


As the clouds dispersed we were able to enjoy the scenery around Watson Bay in the warmth of the sun.

We found an Italian eatery with the unlikely name of The Tea Garden where we ordered three lunches to share.  They were equally excellent:  Fish and chips, Haloumi salad and Whitebait fritters.


Back on the ferry we went and farewelled the city from the water.


About Mary Tang

An urban orchardist everyday, a volunteer regularly, a poet sometimes and a blogger since March 2015. I travel when I can. Food is a constant.
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17 Responses to Watson Bay to South Head, Sydney

  1. Dalo 2013 says:

    There is something special about getting out and seeing the land ~ amid a beautiful day with great good, can make the other smaller annoyances (agree, people need to be considerate and what you mention is a great case in point). What a great day it was though all things considered :-)

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  2. arlingwoman says:

    Looks like a great day– and nice temperatures for winter, but I imagine a bit chilly on the water. And to end it with nice food!

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  3. Jan Schaper says:

    Thanks for sharing your adventure, Mary. The cliffs and ocean looked especially appealing — not for jumping mind you, but for enjoying the meeting of sea, sky, and land.

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  4. Sunshine Jansen says:

    Happy that the skies cleared for you! What a stunningly vivid blue… And gah, that woman! I just cannot comprehend the selfishness and arrogance of some people, and add racism to the mix and ugh; it just makes my skin crawl.

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  5. taphian says:

    that looks a wonderful place, Mary, and the food looks so delicious that I licked the screen, heheh, have a nice day, regards Mitza

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  6. angela1313 says:

    I am impressed. You would make a wonderful food photographer, my mouth started watering looking at your lunches. As an American I get in the bad habit of thinking we have all the obnoxious types here, I guiess like any disease it spreads. Too bad. Enjoyed seeing more of the area than I have from re-runs of Water Rats. It is lovely.

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  7. Lovely post. Did you really take all those magnificent photos with your iPhone 6? Well done for taking on the offensive woman.

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