La Perouse area
Kamay Botany Bay National Park
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.
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 from all those years ago.
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La Perouse is one of Sydney's oldest 'burbs and packed full of history, nature walks, swimming spots and local cafes perfect for a day trip.
- National Parks Contact Centre
- 7am to 7pm daily
- 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS) for the cost of a local call within Australia excluding mobiles
- 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.
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
Nielsen Park office
02 9337 5511
Contact hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
- Greycliffe House, Nielsen Park, 6 Steele Point Road, Vaucluse NSW 2030
- Nielsen Park office