A rare glimmer of sunshine after 5 days of rain. Who knew there could be this much rain anywhere? We don't get monsoons in this part of the world but the unrelenting deluge has made me wonder whether this could be the new norm with climate change?
We're taking advantage of a short break in the rain to catch a 30 minute ferry from Circular Quay to the Watsons Bay Hotel at Watsons Bay for a weekend getaway.
It's wonderful to enjoy the bay when it isn't a crush of Summer tourists.
The hotel has a beachfront courtyard that serves drinks and cocktails with a fresh seafood-driven menu.
Our harbour-view room is in the corner of the building giving us sweeping views of the National Park, the bay and the Sydney CBD - obscured by clouds today.
An incredible comfortable firm bed with soft pillows...
And a glamorous Hollywood-style double bathroom with soaking tub and shower.
It's moody on the bay and we just might be able to squeeze in a quick lunch before the storm clouds are back.
Doyles at Watsons Bay is still serving up some of the freshest seafood in the city. We tuck into their seafood platter - oysters, calamari, battered whiting and their famous stuffed jumbo prawns. Don't go past their house white chardonnay from the Hunter. Fabulous.
The weather is turning so time for a brisk walk along The Gap with the wild ocean waves crashing against the Heads and then as the rain comes, a hasty retreat to our suite to relax and read..
We wake to an atmospheric morning. The bay is dark and brooding and the city is shrouded in mist and drizzle.
A continental breakfast buffet is included in our room rate and, because the cold weather has given us an appetite, we also opt for the hot breakfast.
The airy breakfast room with its French doors and windows overlooks the hotel's beer garden and courtyard.
Freshly-squeezed orange juice? Yes please.
A baked shakshuka-style eggs and prosciutto for me....
... and of course because it entices him like a siren's call - a big brekkie for Mark.
Highly recommend a winter staycation at the Watsons Bay hotel that is every bit as enjoyable even when it isn't sunny.
Saucy Onion stayed as a guest of the Watsons Bay Hotel