Federation Cliff Walk

Clifftop walk with postcard views out to the Pacific Ocean. Dover Heights to Watsons Bay, Eastern Suburbs, Sydney.

The sandstone cliffs that guard the approaches to Sydney Harbour are one of the citys most dramatic features, and this clifftop walking track offers spectacular sea views at every step.

Beginning from Raleigh Reserve, at the end of Raleigh Street off Military Road in Dover Heights, this walkway wanders through parklands close to the edge of the cliffs that overlook the vast blue swathe of the Pacific Ocean.

Continue another two kilometres beyond the end of the Federation Cliff Walk to Watsons Bay, and more sublime views of the harbour. The walk ends on the beach at Robertson Park, where there are cafes, shade and sparkling scenery. From Watsons Bay, there are buses back to Dover Heights, or ferries to the city.

Admire the Macquarie Lighthouse, Australias first lighthouse, whose simple, satisfying lines testify to the skills of Governor Macquaries convict-architect, Francis Greenway.

Marvel at the dramatic views of The Gap, where the Pacific rollers explode against the cliffs.

Take a close look at the 80-metre sandstone cliffs at Raleigh Reserve, an open book of the earths history dating back 20 million years to the Triassic era.

Stop off for a seafood lunch in the shade at Robertson Park, beside the pub at Watsons Bay.

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