a run and a swim at camps cove

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Panoramic views of the city don’t get much better than the one found at Camps Cove. And this secluded little spot near Watsons Bay is the perfect place to start your morning run. This particular route is 8km and takes you around the coastline of Vaucluse, passing some iconic landmarks along the way....

Leave Camp Cove and run towards The Gap, a peninsula with stunning cliff views down to the ocean and the best spot to catch the sunrise over the water. Follow the coastline and head onto Old South Head Road where you’ll find the oldest lighthouse in Sydney, Macquarie Lighthouse. Continue on before turning right down the side streets of Vaucluse, towards Nielsen Park, being sure to pass the iconic Vaucluse House. This beautiful 19th century house has gardens stretching all the way to the waters edge with stunning harbour views. Take them in and then head up to Nielsen Park and take a moment to appreciate the panoramic view of Sydney’s harbour.

From here, I’ll usually head back to Camp Cove via Parsley Bay Reserve, a tiny hidden beach that's also perfect for an early swim, especially when there's no school holiday crowds. Otherwise head back to Camps Cove to enjoy a swim in the turquoise waters with Sydney harbour as a backdrop. The views in this area are breathtaking and a cool dip in the blue water doesn’t disappoint on a hot summers morning.

Parking tips

Parking in the East can be a challenge, but if you’re there early you can grab a spot in the side streets near Camp Cove where you’ll find free 2 hour parking all day. 

To Eat

Watson’s Bay Boutique Hotel: Monday – Sunday 7am-11am breakfast

Since you’re in the area, it’s a chance to enjoy breakfast or lunch at Watson’s Bay Hotel. The beachfront views and laidback atmosphere is the best place to be for optimum post-run bliss. I can’t go past their smashed avo toast with heirloom tomatoes… yum! It’s also a great spot to indulge in a glass of rose – perhaps wait until at least midday for that though. Or not... 

1 Military Road, Watsons Bay https://watsonsbayhotel.com.au

 

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