Not far away from the city, between Double Bay and Watson’s Bay, you can find the beautiful affluent suburb, Rose Bay. Perched on the edge of Sydney Harbour, it’s one of the best place to go to admire the city. This friendly and charming suburb attract both locals and tourists and you’ll easily understand why.
Things to Do
There are lots of great things to do to pass the time in Rose Bay. When you arrive you’ll notice there is some really nice parkland; this is Lyne Park. Here there are basketball courts and tennis courts and it’s a great place for a picnic. From here you can head to the Hermitage Foreshore Reserve for a beautiful coastal walk. It will take you between 30 minutes and 1 hour to walk the 1.8 km distance where you can enjoy the views of Shark Island and the city. More information about this walk here. For something more secluded you can walk over to Dumeresq Reserve; a perfect spot for a picnic and to relax and watch the world go by.
For those who want to to enjoy the waters, you’ll also have plenty of activities to do. Woollahra Sailing Club offers sailing lessons. You can also go kayaking thanks to Point Piper Kayak Centre, or rent some water activity equipment like a paddleboards at the Oz Sup Centre.
For something special why not see Sydney Harbour from above. Sydney Seaplanes are located in Rose Bay and can provide this amazing experience. View more details here.
Rose Bay is not an up beat bustled area like Bondi; it’s much more laid back, calm and relaxing. For this reason it’s great for couples, families and friends, and solo travellers who want some peace and quiet but not far from civilisation. The Lyne Park playground offers activities for kids should they get a bit restless and Rose Bay Marina Kiosk is a great little cafe who offer bread for kids who want to feed the fish. Take advantage of being there to enjoy a homemade menu, perfect for breakfast, brunch and lunch. If you’re with your dog Rose Bay area accommodates, keep them on the leash but on the foreshore area between Dumaresq Reserve and Tingira Memorial Park you can take them off; there is a perfect little beach you can enjoy together – just make sure you take the entrance at the end of Caledonian Road.
Food & Drink
In Rose Bay, you will find a range of nice eateries to go. For a quick break you can go to Ministry of Coffee; they have a nice selection of delicious pastries and a wonderful harbour view. For a more filling late lunch option Regatta Rose Bay has great modern Australian cuisine, it’s a bit pricey but well worth it. A popular more moderately priced option is Den Sushi and for dinner try the well reputed Indian restaurant Jewel on the Bay. If you’re planning a romantic date and want to impress, we advise you to go to Catalina Restaurant, quite well-known and won’t disappoint; enjoy a fine dining seafood restaurant experience with a stunning view.
Rose Bay doesn’t have a great deal of eateries around but there are still some nice options. The park area is well maintained and provides toilet facilities and picnic areas. Rose Bay isn’t near any train lines but there are bus routes and parking areas around.
By Bus: From Town Hall take the 323, 324 or 325 which will stop right at Rose Bay.
By Ferry: From Circular Quay and stop at Rose Bay Wharf.
By Bicycle: If you’re coming by bike, a bike rack is there just next to the 2 hours free street parking at 600 New South Head Road.