Tag Archive: The Gap

While there are ferries to take you from Circular Quay to this charming bay, we drove. I had a most authentic OZ experience here the last time I visited. Picnic mat, a bottle of shiraz, fresh seafood on the foreshore and a view to die for. This visit, we found ourselves back for some “unfinished business”.







Watsons Bay


Pelicans Off Watsons Bay



Sun’s shining and we just had a blast in nearby Bondi Beach. Skipped Coogee Beach and decided a better lunch could be had in this oldest fishing village of Australia. Of course it’s now far from being considered a fishing village. This area across Sydney Harbour Bridge is the perfect destination for a relaxing lunch with many activity options after.





Doyles On The Beach. Watsons Bay.


Doyles for fresh seafood!

But let’s deal with the first order of the day. LUNCH. A famous harbourside restaurant has been serving fresh seafood here for ages. DOYLES ON THE BEACH offers both fine dining and takeouts to lay on any of the beach tables or on a picnic mat. Calamari, fish and chips, oysters, salads. Doyles is an institution here and for good reasons. Spell that Y.U.M.



Yummy Seafood lunch from Doyles!


Thank you, Shelly, for the lunch and for bringing us here! Watsons Bay.



Watsons Bay is largely a residential area now but as earlier mentioned, a visit here offers many activities and pleasures. Speaking of pleasure, there is a legal nude beach located in nearby Lady Bay. 😉 But I digress. Or maybe not? Seriously though, any visitor can choose many walks including a coastal walk with ocean views of the Gap. The Gap is a well-developed and well-secured ocean cliff with superb views of Manly and the Pacific Ocean.





Alice Doyles, you’re the best! Doyles on the beach.


The Gap. Pacific Ocean. Watsons Bay.



And if you’re done with the harbour view, filled up on Doyles, and felt less guilty after a good walk, how about checking out some of the gelaterias around the corner? Take that cone (or cup) back to the wharf for one last look of this sheltered bay across the bridge. Lovely!




An unobstructed view of the city skyline. Watsons Bay.

Just 11 kilometers northeast of Sydney’s Central Business District is this slice of paradise. There were ferry rides from Circular Quay but my nephew chose to drive. With 2 kids in tow, that’s a smart move. A car “locks” them in place 😉 So you can just imagine all that pent-up energy unlocking and bursting as soon as they stepped out of the car. Thank goodness for all that grassy space!




The City From Across The Bay


Doyles’ Seafood Indulgence!



We unloaded the wine, nuts and chips from the trunk and chose a lovely spot to lay out the picnic mat while my nieces headed towards Doyles before the next ferry unloads a fresh batch of visitors. From where I was seated, I got a picturesque view of the Sydney Harbour. The Bridge is visible on this clear day. Aaahhh….. This is life! I meant to keep an eye on the kids while they ran around, tried climbing a tree, chased the seagulls (one of them birds SNATCHED a chicken nugget off the little boy’s fingers!) and threw off their boots to play by the shore. Well…… call me irresponsible.




A seagull snatched a chicken nugget off his tiny fingers!


What’s the problem, dahling?



Soon, we were feasting on calamari, oysters, chicken nuggets, fish and chips while my nephew took over minding the kids. Indulgence. The line for Doyles takeouts has now spilled out to the street. Aren’t we glad we beat the lines! A quick look at the wine bottle reminded me to nurse my drink. Sun is out. What a lovely day. We need another bottle……




Off they go!




As soon as the kids grew tired playing by the beach, we walked towards the “gap” for an even more spectacular view of the Ocean. Waves pounding against the cliff, a rocky coast, and a great lookout point. I’m told there’s a walkway towards Bondi Beach but I’d leave that to the hikers. This is enough adventure for me. The kids are well-behaved. They’re tired but still cheerful. Now, off to the Gelateria!




Rocky coast in The Gap. Just a short walk from Camp Cove Beach.


Grandma with Xion and Anika . Happiness 🙂