Sydney is one of Australia’s favorite travelers’ hotspots and we couldn’t agree more! But if you decide to tour all over Sydney, you’re going to spend more than just a few days. In this piece we’ll be more inclined to a particular backpackers “must go” location in Sydney; Rose Bay. Located a few minutes from the bustling city, between Watson’s Bay and Double Bay, this affluent suburb is packed with amazing spots and (of course) beautiful beaches rests on the edge of Sydney’s Harbor.
So, what does it feel like to spend a day in Rose Bay? Hold on tight as we unravel Rose Bay’s amazing beauty.
Heading To Rose Bay
You can access Rose Bay in four ways. If you’re within Sydney, the quickest way would be via taxi, or rather an Uber! It shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes. You could also use the Line 324 bus (really cheap btw) or the f4 ferry. Both means will take you roughly 20 minutes.
If you’re planning to visit Rose Bay from abroad, then book a flight to Sydney and you’ll land at the International Sydney Airport (SYD). From there you can use the previously mentioned means.
Dining At Rose Bay
You’ll find quite a number of joints at Rose Bay, that’ll fill you up with scrumptious meals and take-outs. Start your morning at the Ministry of Coffee as you enjoy the scenic harbor view. Not only will you get the best selection of coffee, but also an array of fresh pastries!
During warmer months, you’ll probably be hungry before noon. Regatta Rose Bay offers local delicacies that’ll energize you for an even interesting afternoon at the beach. Prices are a little over the top but if you don’t mind, you’ll definitely not regret the money spent. For those a little uptight with where their money goes, consider the popular Jewel on The Bay restaurant or Den Sushi.
Lyne Park, Rose Bay
Rose Bay is blessed with numerous parks, but we had an eye for this one! Not only is it dog-friendly, but Lyne Park also has beautiful views and a couple of spots to chill or even grab a bite. You can connect your way to the harbor via a boat ramp at the park if you happen to pop in with a rig (It’s near Rose Bay’s Ferry Wharf). Otherwise, if you’re driving to Rose Bay you’ll still get plenty of parking space. There are also parking spots for bikes.
If you want a better view of the park and its environs, you could book a flight from Lyne Park. Yes, seaplanes are common at Lyne Park and they offer a great opportunity to experience Rose Bay in high altitudes.
Planning to bring the whole family? Don’t worry there’s plenty of fun activities that you can do as a group. We’d prefer shooting some hoops at the basketball court, but if you feel a little more chilled, you can just head to the playgrounds and enjoy less intense activities.
Rose Bay Beach
Rose Bay would probably not be that interesting without the beach, right? The Eastern suburb hosts amazing beaches from the Point Piper Marina area up North all the way to Rose Bay Park Beach. We found the Rose Bay Park Beach more accommodating and easier to access from virtually any point!
Rose Bay’s water is calm and more suitable for kayaking and stand up paddling. You can paddle your way from Rose Bay Beach to Bellamy Beach and back. Even if you forgot your paddle board at home, a couple of rentals open from as early as 8:00 am. It is a great way to teach newbies how to stand up paddle board or host a mini-paddle party with family; including man’s best friend.
Too crowded? You can always relocate to Dumaresq Reserve Beach. Rose Bay, however, does not swarm with surfers, as long as it is not during the holidays, where things could get a little messy.
All in all, spending a day at the Eastern suburb of Rose Bay is definitely worth a try, especially if stand up paddle boarding is your thing. Since it doesn’t host a big deal of tourists and surfers, the place is well maintained and considered safe for a whole family vacation. Paddle boarding is definitely one of the things you should try in Sydney if you are a water lover. Other than Rose Bay, you should also try paddle boarding in Manly Beach, it's another amazing location for SUP.