Gibsons Beach Reserve

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COVID-19 safety

Our beaches, harbourside pools and parks are open.

To provide increased evening exercise opportunities for our residents, sports lighting is currently activated from 5-8.30pm Monday to Friday at all of our sportsgrounds: Andrew Petrie Oval and Woollahra Oval 2 and 3 (Woollahra), Christison Park (Vaucluse), Trumper Oval (Paddington) and Lyne Park (Rose Bay).

A NSW public health order limits outdoor exercise and public gatherings to two people (excluding members of the same household). If you are fully vaccinated, you can attend an outdoor gathering of up to five people so long as all those at the gathering aged 16 years or over are fully vaccinated. Stay local.
Find out more from NSW Health

Please maintain good hygiene and social distancing when using our fitness equipment and playgrounds. Mask wearing is mandatory when outside your home, except when exercising.

Our staff and security personnel will be monitoring crowds at the Woollahra Council beaches and parks. If these locations reach full capacity to the extent where social distancing requirements cannot be met, we will need to stop public entry until people leave the location and more space becomes available. Check our social media and VMS boards in our popular recreational locations for updates. Find out more about our COVID-safe summer initiatives.

We hope you enjoy our outdoor places and spaces.

Gibsons Beach Reserve

Gibsons Beach Reserve is popular for picnics, small social gatherings and beach use in summer. The long shallow beach, with plenty of white sand, is just south of the Watsons Bay Baths and Tea Gardens. There are views of the city and harbour bridge from the beach.

Getting here

Marine Parade and Palmerston Street, Watsons Bay

Pedestrian access is via the southern end of Marine Parade and Salisbury Street.



  • Dogs permitted on footpath only on leash at all times.
  • Dogs prohibited from reserve and beach.


  • Accessible parking in adjacent Marine Parade car park


Commemorates the name of a family of standing in the area, long involved in maritime pursuits -the first Henry Gibson was a pilot for some 50 years and lived here from the late 1830's.