Rose Bay/Dover Heights

A soporific suburb with buoyant charm.

Placid vistas characterize Rose Bay and Dover Heights, tranquil waterfront escapes in Sydney's east suburbs. Their residents trade late nights for frothy lattes and busy errands for leisurely walks along the water. Rose Bay and Dover Heights don't boast any big-name beaches, and that might hint at why the area is so decidedly serene—tourists tend to head to the shores of its southern neighbors like Bondi Beach and Tamarama.

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Rose Bay/Dover Heights is bordered by North Bondi and Vaucluse/Watsons Bay

  • Public transit is Possible
  • Having a car is Easy

International Airport: 40 minutes by cab without traffic
Central Station: 30 minutes by bus
Opera House / Circular Quay: 20 minutes by ferry
Bondi Beach: 15 minutes by cab or 25 minute walk

Waterfront Glamor a Ferry Ride Away from the CBD

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Sandy shores and manicured promenades stretch along the water in Rose Bay and Dover Heights, picturesque suburbs in east Sydney.

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Quiet, clean, and wholesome, the neighborhoods around the inlet hum with daytime activity.

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New mothers take advantage of the area's waterfront park spaces.

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Sailing clubs and boating enthusiasts take advantage of their aquatic proximity.

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Colorful rooftops speckle Point Piper as it crawls into the sea.

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Modern restaurants serve diners dinner with a view.

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Almost always, Sydney Harbour Bridge floats on the horizon.

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Rose Bay is a sought after area of Sydney's Eastern suburbs. Situated on a peninsular with the harbour beaches on one side and the ocean beaches on the other."

Boutiques and Boutique Grocery Stores

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New South Head Road's boutiques, restaurants, cafes, and markets fill the closets and pantries of Rose Bay and Dover Heights' residents.

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Locally-owned and neighbor-operated businesses are the norm in this peaceful suburban nook.

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Step off New South Head Road and head to Plumer Road's array of shops and stores shrouded by vintage facades and bright awnings.

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Plumer Road remains a favored local landmark, so bring your patience when you try to park.

Active Lifestyles Along the Water

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Sailing, swimming, biking, and running fill Rose Bay and Dover Heights' exercise repertoire.

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Parks, pathways, courts, and play fields dot the area.

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Golf courses weave through the neighborhood.

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Canoes, kayaks, and skiffs stay beached until it's time to bob.

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Dover Heights is on the peninsular leading to the South Head of Sydney Harbour. It offers several fabulous viewpoints for the Harbour Bridge and Opera House to the west (great for viewing fireworks) and the Pacific Ocean on the east (great for viewing the Sydney to Hobart yacht race)."

The View from Rose Bay and Dover Heights

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Art Deco homes, elegant apartment complexes, and sophisticated beach cottages make up Rose Bay and Dover Heights' residential panoramas.

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Residents swim in man-made pools droplets away from Sydney's most prominent natural pool.

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Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Tobias Rowles is a Sydney based photographer working in both the art and commercial worlds. He specialises in people and lifestyle photography that celebrates the ‘everyday’ and shoots for a wide range of local and international advertising clients. Tobias also maintains a constant focus on personal projects, many of which have received considerable critical acclaim.

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