A popular harbour beach with views of the city and access to South Head Walking Track. Bring a towel and a snorkel and make a day of it.

Getting To Camp Cove Beach, Watsons Bay

Where Is It?

Camp Cove is located on the eastern peninsula of Watsons Bay near South Head and HMAS Watson. Access is via Cliff Street off Old South Head Road. Buses stop at Robertson Park which is a 5-10 walk to the beach.


The best address is the corner Victoria Street and Cliff Street, Watsons Bay, 2030


There is a small parking lot near the beach on Cliff Street and limited Street side parking in the backstreets nearby.


Google Maps Link – Camp Cove Beach | Watsons Bay

Things To Do


Camp Cove Beach has generally calm waters and is patrolled by on duty lifeguards in the summer. Often there will be a few watercraft parked off the coast with a pretty good party atmosphere. There are floats to mark no boating areas making it safer to swim.

Snorkelling and Scuba Diving

Camp Cove offers good opportunities for snorkelers and scuba divers, with easy access to the bay. The key attraction is a reef running parallel to the beach. Cuttlefish, seahorses, and pygmy leatherjackets can be found along the reef, as well. Some precautions should be taken when diving further out on the reef where there are often a lot of watercraft coming and going. Spearfishing is prohibited but it does make a nice night dive site, particularly for beginners.


Camp Cove Beach and the area around Sydney Harbour National Park offer some good opportunities for casting a line, particularly around the headland at Green Point Park and Lady Bay Beach (which is a nudist beach).

Camp Cove Pier Watson's Bay

New Year’s Eve

With views of the harbour and city Camp Cove Beach is a popular spot for watching the city’s panoramic fireworks displays. Views of the bridge are considerably obstructed. The area is alcohol and glass free.

History – Indigenous Rock Art

Evidence of indigenous occupation can be found around South Head near Camp Cove including engravings of whales, kangaroos, wallabies, geometry and fish. The Aboriginal name for the area is Woo la ra.

History – First Fleet Landing Spot

The evening before landing at Sydney Cove in 1788, the First Fleet rested in Camp Cove, making it a significant landmark in the European history of Australia.

Camp Cove Beach Watson's Bay Sydney


  • Food

    There is a kiosk at the beach serving cold drinks and snacks. Alternatively there are a number of cafes and takeaways back towards Robertson Park.

  • Rubbish Bins

    There is a rubbish bin near the entrance to the park and kiosk.

  • Toilets / Changerooms

    There are toilets at Green Point Reserve to the east and a toilet block along the south head trail walk (about 5 minutes walk). There is a single outdoor shower for washing the sand off at the beach near the Cliff Street entrance and kiosk.

  • Can I take my dog?

    Dogs are prohibited at Camp Cove Beach and at South Head National Park.


South Head Track Sydney

South Head Walking Track | Watsons Bay

An historic walking track with access to Hornby Lighthouse, whale watching, and the clothing optional Lady Bay Beach

Green Point Reserve Watsons Bay Sydney

Green Point Park | Watsons Bay

Right next to Camp Cove Beach Green Point Park has great views of the city.

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