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La Perouse Museum

La Perouse area in Kamay Botany Bay National Park

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Housed in a heritage building at La Perouse in Sydney's south, the La Perouse Museum documents the expedition of French explorer the Comte de Laperouse.

Visitor centres
1542 Anzac Parade, La Perouse, NSW, 2036 - in La Perouse area in Kamay Botany Bay National Park
Opening times

Wednesdays and Fridays, 10am to 2pm. Saturdays and Sundays, 10am to 4pm. Closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Please note

For more information visit the Randwick City Council website.

La Perouse Museum is located on Kamay Botany Bay National Park’s northern headland. The museum is housed within the historic Cable Station building, once Australia’s only link to the rest of the world. The La Perouse Monument is located nearby.

Almost 2,000 items across several rooms of exhibits document the 1787–1788 expedition of French explorer the Comte de Lapérouse. Items include the complete Atlas of the Voyage of La Perouse.

Lapérouse arrived in Botany Bay a week after the First Fleet. His expedition was last seen in what is now national parkland before mysteriously vanishing.

The fascinating exhibits in La Perouse Museum also tell stories of the local area, including Aboriginal stories.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Close to

  • Detail of stone masonry and doorway of Macquarie watchtower, set on a grass lawn, with a pine tree in the background. Photo: Kevin McGrath/DPIE

    Macquarie Watchtower

    Macquarie Watchtower is in the La Perouse area of Kamay Botany Bay National Park, next to La Perouse Museum. Visit this historic stone building to learn about Sydney’s colonial and convict past.

  • Fenced area with tomb and metal cross, on a wide grassy slope with Botany Bay in the background, near Sydney. Photo: Stacy Wilson/DPIE

    Pere Receveurs Tomb

    Pere Receveurs Tomb is in the La Perouse area of Kamay Botany Bay National Park, next to La Perouse Museum. This memorial marks the grave of French priest Pere le Receveur, of the ill-fated La Perouse expedition.


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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.

    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
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