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Congwong Beach

La Perouse area in Kamay Botany Bay National Park

Overview

Visit beautiful Congwong Beach, in La Perouse, perfect for swimming, picnics, snorkelling and fishing. Only 15km from central Sydney, this family friendly beach is also close to cafes and walks.

Where
La Perouse area in Kamay Botany Bay National Park
Accessibility
No wheelchair access
Price
Free
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
What to
bring
Hat, sunscreen, suitable clothing
Please note
  • Congwong Beach is accessed via a 100m path at the southern end of Cann Park. The path has a number of steps.
  • You can also take Congwong trail, which starts along Henry Head Lane, near the park entry gates.
  • It’s a good idea to avoid swimming at Congwong Beach during and for 24 hours after heavy rain.

Congwong Beach is a perfect spot for a relaxing family day out in Sydney’s Kamay Botany National Park. Easy to reach from Cann Park in La Perouse, via a 100m path with steps, this sheltered sandy beach is great for children.

Lounge on your beach blanket, surrounded by nature, and take in beautiful views of Botany Bay and Bare Island. Bathe in gently lapping waves, or head to the rocky outcrops at either end of the beach to cast your fishing line. Congwong Beach and nearby Bare Island are popular spots for snorkelling and scuba diving, especially in spring and autumn.

It’s an ideal spot to cool off after hiking the return walking tracks to Henry Head and Cape Banks, or cycling the La Perouse loop.

Watch seabirds dip and dive and keep an eye out for passing dolphins as you enjoy a beach picnic. Or, head to local cafes for lunch or dinner. Don’t forget to take in the local history at Bare Island Fort and La Perouse Museum.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Also see

  • Lyre bird

    Happy Valley camp

    Visit the site of Happy Valley camp, an historic Depression-era community located behind Congwong Beach, in La Perouse. It’s one of many fascinating historic sites in Kamay Botany Bay National Park.

 

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Park:

La Perouse area

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.

View to Bare Island, Kamay Botany Bay National Park. Photo: Andy Richards

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Park info

  • in the La Perouse area of 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.

  • There are no park entry fees in La Perouse area but you'll need to pay to tour Bare Island. Park entry fees apply in the Kurnell area of Kamay Botany Bay National Park, only.

    Buy annual pass
See more visitor info
View of beach, with people and seagulls, and historic tower in the distance.  Photo: Stacy Wilson/OEH.