La Perouse beachside area


La Perouse is a very popular summer destination. There are a range of stunning bay beaches to choose from including Congwong Beach, Little Congwong Beach and Frenchmans Bay. The beaches are generally calm and good swimming beaches. The Botany Bay National Park adjoins the area and there are stunning coastal walks around the La Perouse headland.

A timber footbridge links La Perouse with Bare Island which is open on the first Sunday of each month. The area is popular with swimmers, snorkelers, divers, fishers and families. There are shops, public toilets and children's playgrounds. Learn about the history of the fort and join the guided tours run by the NSW National parks and Wildlife Service.

Snake shows are performed at the historic snake pit in Cann Park.


The area is steeped in history. It's named after French explorer Jean-Francois de Galaup comte de Lapérouse who landed here on 26 January 1788. In an enduring mystery, Lapérouse went missing on a return journey and was never seen from again.The area is an important Aboriginal site too and there's a Bush Tucker Track located between Yarra Bay and Frenchman's Bay.

Last Updated: 24 October 2022
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