SYDNEY’S EASTERN BAYS AND BEACHES
For one of the most popular and scenic drives in Sydney, with magnificent views along the way, take New South Head Road from Rushcutters Bay all the way to Watsons Bay. You will pass through the ‘shoppers’ paradise’ of Double Bay and pass Rose Bay, the largest bay in Sydney Harbour. Return via Bondi Beach.
It’s more relaxing to take the Bondi Explorer Bus which follows the same route, stopping at vantage points and places of interest along the harbour foreshore. Regular commuter buses go to Bondi, Bronte, Coogee, Maroubra and La Perouse. Get to Watsons Bay by bus or ferry. Transport Info Line Tel: 131500 or www.131500.com.au
The annual City to Surf Fun Run to Bondi follows this route, and is popular for walkers and joggers all year.
There are some beautiful historic buildings in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs particularly Elizabeth Bay House and Vaucluse House, which are open to the public.
Historic Houses Trust. Tel: (02) 8239 2442 www.hht.net.au
Macquarie Lighthouse at Vaucluse was completed in 1883 and was the first, and the longest serving, lighthouse Australia. Sydney Harbour Federation Trust conducts tours. Tel: ( 02) 8969 2100
The Hornby Lighthouse at the tip of South Head was completed in 1858 to warn approaching ships of the navigational hazards entering Sydney Harbour.
Witness the power and ferocity of the sea at The Gap, where just one person survived the tragic wrecking of the ‘Dunbar’ in 1857. The ‘Dunbar’ Captain mistook what is now known as “The Gap” for Sydney Heads. The nearby-reclaimed anchor of the ‘Dunbar’ commemorates the event. Tel: 1300 361 967 www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au
Enjoy harbour swimming and picnicking at Redleaf Pool, Watsons Bay, Camp Cove, Parsley Bay and Nielsen Park.
Bondi, Bronte, Coogee and Maroubra are all excellent ocean swimming beaches. Always remember to obey the lifeguards and swim only between the yellow and red flags.
There are some very relaxing parks and picnic spots along the harbour foreshores at Elizabeth Bay, Rushcutters Bay, Yarranabee Park at Darling Point, Double Bay, Rose Bay Parsely Bay, Vaucluse Bay and Watsons Bay.
Picnic, walk, cycle or just relax in Centennial Parklands, a gift to the people of Sydney in 1888 to celebrate the Centenary of Settlement. Tel: (02)9339 6699 www.centennialparklands.com.au
Take nearby Anzac Parade to La Perouse (in Botany Bay National Park) famous for its seafood restaurants, great views, swimming, fishing, tours of Bare Island and the Lapérouse Museum.
Tel: (02) 9337 5511 www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au
Waverley Council www.waverley.nsw.gov.au
Woollahra Council www.woollahra.nsw.gov.au