The natural peninsula of South Head and Watsons Bay, surrounded by sea and several beaches, has attracted settlement from very early times. Evidence of intensive fishing and shellfish collecting by the Cadigal people has been found in rock shelters dating back to around 8th Century AD.
From 1847, it was again the access to fishing that attracted the Portuguese sailors to settle into life in Camp Cove itself. And then of course in recent times, the Doyles family took residency, and today still serve tourists with their famous fish and chips.
From the imposing sandstone rock formations at The Gap, to the natural fauna of the South Head point, Watsons Bay is a rich environment to explore. Divers come to find the elusive Leafy Seadragons and bird watchers twitch at the site of the tiny Fairy Wrens.