La Perouse area in Kamay Botany Bay National Park
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.
- No wheelchair access
- What to
- 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.
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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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.
- National Parks Contact Centre
- 7am to 7pm daily
- 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS) for the cost of a local call within Australia excluding mobiles
- Nielsen Park office
- Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
- 02 9337 5511
- Greycliffe House, Nielsen Park, 6 Steele Point Road, Vaucluse NSW 2030
- 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.
La Perouse park entry gate closed to vehicles between 7pm and 5am all year.
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
Things to do (42)
- Aboriginal culture (4)
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- Historic heritage (12)
- Other experiences (4)
- Photography (1)
- Picnics and barbecues (4)
- Sailing, boating and cruises (1)
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- Snorkelling and scuba (2)
- Swimming (4)
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- Walking (23)
- Wildflowers (seasonal) (4)