Been here before. A good 15 minute ferry ride from Wharf #4 in Circular Quay. Watson’s Bay. Lovely as can be, with a fabulous view of the city of Sydney and its Harbour Bridge. And it was just as delightful visiting Watson’s Bay the second time around. But those 2 occasions I visited, we came by car. On all 3 occasions, we feasted on Doyles seafood dishes. Fish, calamari, chips. And 2 scoops of ice cream 🍦🍦🍦
And so what could possibly be different this 3rd time around? A LOT. From the wharf, we turned left and walked by the shore, and went past Camp Cove. We met some scuba divers here on our way back. The next beach area required negotiating a stairway down where some men were nude bathing. You got that right. Nude bathing. Or rather, nude sunbathing. Sureproof way of getting an even tan, yeah. Nippy weather and all, it’s odd finding them baring all while we’re all layered up.
Can you spot them? There were at least 3 men of all ages, shapes and errr, sizes. Don’t ask me why the area is called Lady Bay or Lady Jane Bay. We found no ladies, but them male nude bathers sure look comfortable, basking under the sun on this chilly but sunny day. The photos were taken on our way to the Hornsby Lighthouse and gun emplacements. Sorry folks, these iPhone shots have no real zoom-in clarity. 😜
We passed the same way back (and viewed the same nudists 😁) and then crossed over to The Gap, an ocean cliff facing the Tasman Sea. The climbs are reasonable for its breathtaking views. It’s unfortunate this charming place has likewise gained infamy for suicides. Recent tragedies included a famous young model by the name of Caroline Byrne who fell to her death in 1995. Initially tagged as a suicide, her then-boyfriend was later convicted of pushing her over the edge. However, he was subsequently acquitted of murder. Tsk Tsk.
When you come here for a visit, be sure to try any of the 2 walking paths. You can choose The Gap or you may go for the Lighthouse and gun emplacements past the nudist beach. I know – it’s tough to make a choice. So I suggest you do both. 😀