Camp Cove Beach

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COVID safe summer

We need your help so we can all enjoy a COVID safe summer.

Please meet social distancing requirements at all times, avoid crowds and maintain good personal hygiene. Stay at home if you're unwell.

Our staff and security personnel will be monitoring crowds at our beaches and parks during summer. If locations reach full capacity to the extent where social distancing requirements cannot be met, we will need to stop further entry until more space becomes available. For location updates check our Facebook page. We will also be updating our VMS sign boards with site-specific information.

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Camp Cove Beach is one of Sydney Harbour’s finest sandy beaches, located adjacent to the Sydney Harbour National Park.

Getting here

23B Victoria Street, Watsons Bay

Limited street parking from Cliff Street and Victoria Street

Facilities

  • Beach
  • Kiosk
  • Showers

Dogs

Dogs are prohibited at all times

Accessibility

  • Accessible parking at Cliff Street car park (Managed by National Parks and Wildlife Service)

Restrictions

  • Spearfishing and the lighting of fires is prohibited.
  • Smoking
  • For the protection of swimmers a boat exclusion zone is in force

History

Indigenous

The Watsons Bay area provided abundant fish, shellfish and food for the local Aboriginal community in a sheltered environment. Rock engravings in the area depict a range of marine creatures including whales and fish. There is also a rock shelter at the northern end of the Camp Cove Beach that shows evidence of habitation by the local Aboriginal people.

European Occupation

Governor Phillip and the First Fleet rested for a night in Camp Cove before landing at Sydney Cove in 1788. The bountiful nature of the area was also recognised by the early European settlers and a fishery was set up nearby in 1792 to help feed the new settlement at Sydney Cove.