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Camp Cove

“The kids just love swimming and snorkelling at this beach. I can keep an eye on them while reading the paper and enjoying the views. That’s what I call a win-win situation.”

Just a short walk from Watsons Bay ferry wharf, wheelchair-accessible Camp Cove boasts millionaire views that are hard to miss. Nestled on the harbour side of South Head, this delightful beach is packed with fun options to keep the family smiling all day long.

The kids will love swimming and snorkelling in the calm waters while you relax on the sandy beach. Unroll the picnic rug and enjoy a leisurely lunch while taking in the spectacular harbour views and city skyline. Round off a perfect day-trip with an ice cream or cool drink from the nearby kiosk.

For the more adventurous, bring your kayak for a paddle or explore the underwater world while scuba diving.

For a walk that takes in the unique history and breathtaking scenery of the southern area of Sydney Harbour National Park, South Head Heritage trail, starts at the northern end of the beach.

Take a virtual tour of Camp Cove on Google Street View.


Getting there

Getting there:

Camp Cove is in the South Head precinct of Sydney Harbour National Park. To get there:

  • Drive along New South Head Road past Vaucluse to the end
  • Turn right into Robertson Road, then left into Military Road, which becomes Cliff Road.
  • Turn left into Short Street then right into Cove Street and right into Victoria Street
  • Continue to the end and leave the car at Camp Cove carpark.

Alternatively, the Eastern Suburbs Ferry from Circular Quay, as well as buses 324, 325 and 380, stop a short walk from Camp Cove. Check out the Transport Info website for more information.

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Vehicle access:

Sealed road - 2WD vehicles - All weather


Parking is available at Camp Cove carpark, including several designated disabled spots.

Important info


  • Carpark
  • Flush toilets
  • Trackhead/access point

You should know:

  • It’s a good idea to put sunscreen on before you set out and remember to take a hat and plenty of water
  • Take care in the water and please supervise children at all times
  • It can be a busy place on the weekend, so parking might be limited.
  • Public transport options are recommended as it can be a busy place on the weekend, and parking might be limited.
  • There is very little shade at this beach so it’s advisable to bring a sun shelter or umbrella
  • A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters

Wheelchair access:


  • There are two wheelchair accessible parking spaces, only a short distance from the beach.
  • A ramp leads down to the sand
  • Please note, access to the toilet block is via a steep flight of stairs.

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Camp Cove, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: John Yurasek