13km from Sydney CBD
WATSONS BAY SUBURB SPOTLIGHT
Watsons Bay sits on the end of the South Head peninsula and is a harbourside suburb on the outermost shores of the southern side of Sydney harbour.
A relaxed beachside lifestyle Watson Bay is a small residential suburb and remains one of the more affluent areas in Sydney in terms of houses and properties with its water frontages. Surrounded by beautiful beaches, including Camp Cove, this iconic neighbourhood is also home to the well-know Doyles restaurant a popular spot for visiting tourists. It is also more commonly known these days for the ocean cliff 'The Gap' which sits directly behind it which offers remarkable views to Manly and beyond.
Watson's Bay was known to the indigenous Cadigal people as Kutti they would fish and collect shellfish in the waters and bay in the area. It was only later in 1811 that the European settlers would rename the suburb Watsons Bay after Robert Watson, formerly of HMS Sirius.
Watsons Bay has always been a small suburb with just 13 households with 122 residents recorded after the 1841 census. Twenty-five years on the area's residents had grown only marginally to 237 people, this was the result of continual subdivisions. Based off the 2006 census of the area there are still just 691 residents and 241 occupied private dwellings.