Watson Bay, Sydney Harbour, Australia
Located on the southernmost
head of Sydney Harbour, Watson Bay is best known as the
first landing place of the Royal British Navy in 1788.
Bordered on the west by Sydney Harbour and on the east by
the Tasman Sea, Watson Bay is one of two land areas
separating the Pacific Ocean and Sydney Harbour.
Watson Bay is also famous as
the very first place to have a Doyles Restaurant.
location of the restaurant is where Doyle was known to sell
the fish he caught everyday in 1845. Doyles is known for
casual seafood dining and the ever popular British snack,
fish and chips.
The walking paths from Watson Bay lead to the north and
south end of the wharf. On the north side is a nude beach in
Lady Bay while on the south side is the Hornsby Lighthouse.
Further on, past the infamous suicide site,
The Gap (wherein an estimated 20 to 30 people lose their
lives every year), are the Signal Station and the Macquarie
Lighthouse. Seen here also is the site of the wreck of the
ill-fated ship, Dunbar, wherein 121 met there death on
Watson Bay can be reached by
car through Oxford Street down the Old South head road. By
bus, take the 324 from Circular Quay.
It can also be reached
by ferry from the Quay.
Watson Bay in History:
1788 – Captain Arthur
Phillip landed at Watson Bay on his first trip to
Australia. The bay was named after Robert Watson who was
harbourmaster of Sydney port in 1811 and in 1816 was
Macquarie Lighthouse’s first superintendent.
1793 – Edward Laing was
granted the first 20 acres of land in the area of Camp
August 20, 1857 – The
Dunbar, a sailing ship, mistook The Gap as a harbour
entrance and crashed into its cliff. More than a hundred
lost their lives.
1860s – Watson Bay was
primarily a fishing village.
1942 – An anti-submarine
boom net was constructed at Watson bay on Greens Point
to prevent invasion from the sea during World War II.
After the war, the net was removed and all that is left
are the foundations and boom net winch house.
Today, Watson Bay is a
residential locale with some beaches and recreational
facilities. Popular among Sydneysiders and visitors are the
walks, restaurants and historical landmarks found here such
as Gap Park, St. Peter’s Church, and Robertson Park.