The Gap Tours

The eastern Sydney suburb of Watson’s Bay is more than just a charming fishing town—it’s also home to one of the most stunning views found anywhere in all of Sydney. At the cliff top viewpoint known as the “The Gap,” walkers are treated to a 360° panorama of Sydney’s Harbor and coastline. For all of its natural beauty, however, The Gap has a somewhat morbid history that is occasionally more famous than its view. In 1857, the Dunbar sailing ship was aiming for the Sydney Harbor entrance, but misjudged the entry point and was shipwrecked on the rocks.

All of the 122 passengers aboard perished in the grisly wreck, except for one sailor who would end up tending a lighthouse along Australia’s coast. The Gap is also infamously known for its high number of suicides, with hundreds of Australians having leapt from the cliff to the icy waters below.

Thankfully, this famous Southern Head promontory is working to reduce the number of deaths, and most people who visit The Gap today have come for the hiking and views. Take a walk on the cliff front trails and inhale the smell of the ocean, all while listening to the powerful surf crash thunderously on the rocks below. Nearby, the South Head Heritage Trail runs to the entrance of magnificent Sydney Harbor, and Manly Beach and the Sydney skyline are all visible from the cliff top overlook. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head back into Watson’s Bay for some authentic fish and chips, and listen to seagulls as they squawk in the streets of this luxurious fishing town suburb.

Practical Info

Though Watson’s Bay is accessible by road, taking the ferry from Circular Quay is the most enjoyable way to visit. It’s a 10-minute stroll from the ferry terminal to The Gap, and there is no admission fee to walk the trails or relax in the adjoining park. 
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Small-Group Sydney Harbour Boat Tour with Beach Stops and Local Guide

See Sydney highlights from the water with this scenic Harbour tour. Over the course of 3 hours, you’ll cruise from Darling Harbour past landmarks like the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. See Watsons Bay, penguins, North Head Quarantine Station, and lovely waterside homes. Stop at local beaches to swim and explore before your return to Darling Harbour.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$94.22 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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$94.22 USD

Morning or Afternoon Sydney Highlights Tour with a Local Guide

Cram all of Sydney’s most memorable landmarks into one tour! Enjoy a 4-hour sightseeing tour, jam-packed with photo opportunities and iconic sights, and pick up insider tips from your knowledgeable local guide. Take in the views from Mrs Macquarie's Chair and The Gap; marvel over Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera house; and visit bustling Chinatown. After strolling neighborhoods like The Rocks, Paddington and Woolloomooloo, head to the coast to discover Bondi Beach, Rose Bay and Shark Beach.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$103.71 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Group Sydney Tour in One Day Including Luxury Super Yacht Cruise on Sydney Harbour

Enjoy the VIP treatment while in Sydney with a full-day tour by land and sea. Spend the morning sightseeing in a luxury SUV and hop out to explore The Rocks, watch the surfers at Bondi Beach and marvel over the views from The Gap. Then, hop aboard a glamorous yacht and glide past the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House, while enjoying a delicious lunch prepared by a personal chef. After soaking up the scenery, head out to sea for a swim at some of Sydney’s most beautiful beaches.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$5,433.80 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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