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Parsley Bay Reserve – Vaucluse


1 Horler Ave, Vaucluse/Parsley Rd, Vaucluse NSW 2030

Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Sydney’s eastern suburbs sits the serene, picturesque Parsley Bay. Featuring stunning panoramic views, Parsley Bay Reserve offers visitors a shallow swimming area in Sydney Harbour, natural parklands, caves, picnic facilities, a large lawn area and a children’s playground. An easy bush walking path (opening to a petite waterfall) offers active guests an active 15–20-minute return walk before cooling off in a shark netted sandy inlet.

A walk across the suspension bridge spanning the inlet offers great views of Sydney Harbour and a peek at the beautiful rock overhangs framing the jetty that gives visitors access to the deeper waters of the Harbour.

Cost of entry:

Entry into Parsley Bay is completely free!


Facilities include a protected, shark netted swimming enclosure (summer only), children’s playground, grassed lawn area, kiosk, public toilets, telephone and disabled facilities.

How to get there?

The 325 bus from the Sydney CBD to Watson Bay will drop you directly at Parsley Bay. You can also take the 380 bus from Bondi Junction to Watsons Bay – get off at Old South Head Road (opposite Cambridge Ave) and walk 1.7km till you reach the beach. Alternatively, catch the F4 ferry from Circular Quay to Watsons Bay wharf and walk 1.2km to the Reserve.

Boat/PWC friendly?

No – as Parsley Bay features a swimming area and a small jetty it is unleasable for boat PWCs and Boats alike.

Opening Hours: 24 hours, a small car park is available from dawn to 6pm (non-daylight savings) and 8pm (daylight savings)


While Parsley Bay may be overshadowed by its more famous neighbour in Watson Bay, it is worth a visit as it truly is an unique oasis in the heart of Vaucluse. The landscape and natural features of Parsley Bay Reserve are breathtaking, making it a perfect location to explore with friends, or to enjoy a relaxing retreat with family. Parsley Bay is one of the best places to go scuba diving or snorkelling - local knowledge says that you are likely to find a colony of seahorses if you know where to look in the different sections of the shark nets.

The hidden location of Parsley Bay Reserve means that only a select few know about this stunning location. When entering the Bay and walking around the natural reserve, you feel a sense of discovery whether you follow the track, walk across the suspension bridge or gaze at the clear waters of Sydney Harbour. So sit back, relax and unwind as you enjoy your new favourite secret spot of Vaucluse!

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