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La Perouse area

Kamay Botany Bay National Park

Overview

La Perouse is the northern headland of Kamay Botany Bay National Park, near Maroubra. You'll find fantastic walks, diving spots and historic sites just a quick trip from Sydney's centre.

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The area was named after the French explorer who arrived in Botany Bay a week after the First Fleet, and whose disappearance was a long held mystery. Find out about the area’s history and Aboriginal culture at La Perouse Museum (open Sundays only), or take a guided tour of Bare Island Fort.

The best scuba diving and snorkelling spots are around the La Perouse headland and Bare Island. If you’re feeling energetic, strap on your boots and hike the coastal Henry Head walking track from Anzac Parade to Cape Banks via the Endeavour Lighthouse.

For a chilled out family special, pack a picnic dinner to enjoy at La Perouse Point as the sun sets, with scenic views of Botany Bay, Kurnell and the Pacific Ocean – where
Captain Cook and Comte de Lapérouse sailed in from all those years ago.

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Edward River canoe and kayak trail, Murray Valley National Park. Photo: David Finnegan.

Conservation program:

Saving our Species conservation program

Saving our Species is a innovative conservation program in NSW. It aims to halt and reverse the growing numbers of Australian animals and plants facing extinction. This program aims to secure as many threatened species that can be secured in the wild as possible, for the next 100 years. 

Mountain pygmy possum (Burramys parvus). Photo: Cate Aitken

Contact

  • in Kamay Botany Bay National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • 7am–8.30pm November to March. 7am–7.30pm April to October

    Areas may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • You'll need to pay to visit La Perouse Museum or to tour Bare Island.
    Buy an annual pass.
    • La Perouse Museum
      (02) 9311 3379
      Contact hours: Sundays only 10am-4pm. (closed Christmas Day, New Years Day and Good Friday)
    • Kamay Botany Bay National Park (North), Cable Station, Anzac Parade, La Perouse NSW
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    • Greycliffe House
      9337 5511
    • Neilsen Park, Vaucluse
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Cape Baily lighthouse, Kamay Botany Bay National Park. Photo: John Spencer