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Rose Bay and Sydney Tourism Information
Rose Bay Tourist Information :: Sydney Tourism Information :: Eastern Suburbs Walk
A Walking Tour of Sydney's Eastern Suburbs, NSW Australia.
The Woollahra Council has developed a walk which takes in most of the sights and major historic buildings around Rose Bay, Vaucluse and Watsons Bay.
The complete walk takes about four and a half hours and full information and a map can be downloaded from the Woollahra Council website.
The walk starts at Rose Bay wharf, Lynne Park. From here the walk proceeds along the promenade past the Woollahra Sailing Club to Tingira Reserve which is popular with sail boarders.
Proceed Along New South Head Road to the Rose Bay shopping centre and turn left into Percival Park. You can relax in the shade here and watch the wading birds on the sand flats before moving on to Dumaresqu Reserve - at low tide it is possible to walk along the beach, otherwise return to New South Head Road.
The next stage is the Heritage Foreshore Walk through the Sydney Harbour National Park. This 1.4km walk offers unsurpassed views of Sydney Harbour, spots of rainforest, secluded coves and beaches along with remnant heaths. Take the fishing rod, but leave the dog at home as they and BBQs aren't allowed in the National Park.
Next stop, the grounds of Strickland House. Formerly a convalescent hospital the grounds offer superb views across Sydney Harbour to the city, Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.
At Nielson Park you can take a dip in the enclosed swimming pool or just relax on the brilliant white sand of the beach with shaded promenade and picnic areas.
A stroll around the grounds of Vaucluse House is a must. This historic Sydney building was constructed in 1803 and in 1827 became the home of the famous explorer William Wentworth, who along with Blaxland and Lawson made the first European crossing of the Blue Mountains. Vaucluse House is now a museum and open to the public. Wentworth was also instrumental in drafting the Constitution which gave New South Wales Australia self government in 1855.
Parsley Bay Reserve is next on the agenda. This reserve offers a great family destination all year round with enclosed swimming area and picnic facilities. There is a short walk around the reserve which takes in the waterfall at the head of the gully.
Onto Watsons Bay and the end of this beautiful walk. At Watsons Bay take a stroll along the promenade and take a dip in the public baths. At Robertson Park there is an historic obelisk that commemorates the construction of the first road to South Head in 1811. Walk up the hill to The Gap, for some stunning views and wander through the historic village to Green Point and Camp Cove - where Governor Phillip arrived in 1788.
Ferry leaving Rose Bay Wharf Sydney NSW Australia