Camp Cove Beach

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Temporary closures

In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and in the interest of protecting the health and safety of our community and staff, we have closed all beaches and harbourside pools, playgrounds, fitness stations and basketball courts. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Find out what we are doing to support our community and businesses.

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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.