Suburb on the outermost shore of the southern side of Sydney harbour which, since colonial times, has been an important naval and civil maritime precinct, as well as a destination for Sydneysiders and tourists.
Watsons Bayby Robin Derricourt, 2008
Known as Kutti to the Cadigal people, Watsons Bay became crucial to the early colony's maritime life, with the signal station, pilot station and lighthouses nearby. Fishing was important too. At the same time, grand houses, hotels and public buildings were built for the upper classes. From the mid-nineteenth century, regular ferry services brought tourists and day-trippers to Watsons Bay's tea rooms, hotels and tourist attractions.