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Watsons Bay

Listed under City Beach in Sydney, Australia.

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One of the outermost inner bays on the Bondi side of Sydney Harbour, Watsons Bay is on the harbour side of 'The Gap', a Sydney-siders first choice for an early exit, and worth a mention - and worth a visit - for a few reasons.

1.)The Ferry trip out.

This is one of the cheapest ways to see the inner harbour. The ferry service takes you via well to do Double and Rose Bays and past a few of the harbour's islands, so it's a good 40 minute trip. It's much cheaper than paying for a harbour cruise and if you get to the front of the barriers at Circular Quay you may even get to ride up top or in the open air at the back – though you can sit inside if the weather isn't quite as idyllic as it usually is. The ferry trip is so worth doing that I've been on the same ferry as Mel Gibson – who stood behind me in line to buy his ticket and needed help with the machine... Do you need a better recommendation than that?

2.) Doyles take away.

Doyles is famously one of the best fish restaurants in Sydney and serves up the lightest batter I've ever tasted as well as local speciality Balmain bugs – they're shellfish of some kind. There are two Doyles at Watson's Bay, one on the pier and one on the prom, but you can also get take away and sit in the park with a view over the glittering inner harbour. There's a big queue on busy days but DO NOT let that put you off – it is well worth waiting for.

3.) The view over 'The Gap'.

My family folklore includes a story of my Grandma going up to 'The Gap' and seriously considering it. I've known that story for a long time but unfortunately I never met that Grandma – though 'The Gap' isn't what did for her in the end. It's basically a particularly crashing section of the waves versus rock dynamic of the Sydney coastline, with very beautiful but dangerous looking rock formations and high cliffs. The lookout view on a bright day stretches for empty miles of sea, while behind you are low bushes fighting for a place amongst the red striped rocks and sandstone of a fatalistic slice of land, so it has that feel of being at the end of the world and at the end of time, and I can see why so many people have chosen this spot to shrug off their mortal coil. It is beautiful though, so beautiful that I imagine the view was enough to make more than a few people turn around and have another go at life.

Written by  Kat Mackintosh.

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