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La Perouse Historical Walk
Time: 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
0.6 km S of La Perouse
Length: 0.8 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 0.8 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Botany Bay National Park
Climb: 9 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 9 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk There is a bus stop within 2km of the start and end of this walk
Style: Circuit
Walk: Easy

This walk, primarily across open lawns, offers views across Botany Bay while visiting historically significant landmarks. The side trip to the Bare Island Fortifications is well worth it, with tours available on Sunday afternoons. However, a walk across to the locked gate on Bare Island is still well worth the time - also, there are steps at the far side of the bridge down onto attractive unfenced rock platforms. Both the historic tombstone and monument by the museum are worth a visit, to contemplate our early explorers. Food, beach and a children's playground are available close to the end of this walk. A magnificent location with so much history. (open in app)


Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for La Perouse Historical Walk

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of La Perouse Historical Walk
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Southern End of Cann Park
The Barrack Tower
Top of Bare Island trail
Int of Bare Island Fortification & Anzac Rd
LaPerouse Museum
Boatshed Cafe on Anzac Parade
Starting point for this hiking track: Southern End of Cann Park

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795   www.lands.nsw.gov.au

Maps that cover the walk area (please always carry maps of the area)

Print a map and track notes here
 Botany Bay 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91303S 
 Sydney 1:100 000 Map Series 9130 

Photo Gallery

 
Sign down to Congwong Beach
 
Sign down to Congwong Beach +
 
Southern end of Cann Park, looking at Barracks Tower
 
Southern end of Cann Park, looking at Barracks Tower +
 
Looking at Barracks Tower from southern end of Cann Park
 
Looking at Barracks Tower from southern end of Cann Park +

 
Bbarracks Tower in scaffold
 
Bbarracks Tower in scaffold +
 
Bare Island Barracks
 
Bare Island Barracks +
 
Trail down to Bare Island, La Perouse
 
Trail down to Bare Island, La Perouse +

 
Trail down to Bare Island, La Perouse
 
Trail down to Bare Island, La Perouse +
 
Bare Island over the bridge, near La perouse
 
Bare Island over the bridge, near La perouse +
 
La Perouse museum
 
La Perouse museum +

 
Tombstone near Bare Island of Pere Receveur
 
Tombstone near Bare Island of Pere Receveur +
 
Tombstone near Bare Island of Pere Receveur
 
Tombstone near Bare Island of Pere Receveur +
 
Boat shed building near beach
 
Boat shed building near beach +

 
Boat shed building near beach, near La Perouse
 
Boat shed building near beach, near La Perouse +
 
Locked gate going down to beach near La Perouse
 
Locked gate going down to beach near La Perouse +
 
Children's playground near La Perouse
 
Children's playground near La Perouse +

 
Access to Frenchmans Bay beach, near La Perouse
 
Access to Frenchmans Bay beach, near La Perouse +
 
Intersection near Barracks Tower in La Perouse
 
Intersection near Barracks Tower in La Perouse +
 
Southern end of Cann Park, near La Perouse
 
Southern end of Cann Park, near La Perouse +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the La Perouse Historical Walk bushwalking track

Cross Section of the La Perouse Historical Walk bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the La Perouse Historical Walk bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the La Perouse Historical Walk bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
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Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 790m
Time 30 mins
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Grade 2/6

Walk: Easy
AS 2156.1 Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Signs Clearly signposted (1/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
Gradient
This whole walk, 790m has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track
This whole walk, 790m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
This whole walk, 790m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 790m requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 790m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
This whole walk, 790m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Catch the bus to Southern End of Cann Park
Public transport (bus) available to this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip to the end of this walk.
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Drive to Southern End of Cann Park
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
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(0 km) Southern End of Cann Park to The Barrack Tower
Walk: Easy - undefined
Length = 141 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = 0 m
From the southern end of Cann Park[fac=8266] (Anzac Parade, La Perouse)[1] and 'Congwong Beach Walk' sign[2], this walk initially follows a footpath toward the water and a stone tower[3]) for about 20m (past the road intersection) then turns right to cross Anzac Pd to find a 'Botany Bay National Park' sign[4]. This walk then passes between timber posts, walking across grass for about 50m, until coming to the locked stone tower (The Barrack Tower[5]).

(0.14 km) The Barrack Tower to Top of Bare Island Trail
Walk: Easy - undefined
Length = 93 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From the stone tower (The Barrack Tower[6]), this walk heads gently downhill, towards the water, over grass for about 80m. The walk then heads down the steps and across Anzac Rd[7] so find a few seats at the top of Bare Island Trail[8] beside the large 'Botany Bay National Park' sign[9].

(0.23 km) Top of Bare Island trail to Bare Island Fortification
Optional sidetrip: Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 193 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = -13 m
Continue straight: From the intersection[10], this walk heads away from Anzac Parade[fac=8267] and seats[fac=8264] following the (initally moderalty steep[fac=8265]) driveway downhill[11] toward Bare Island, past the large 'Botany Bay National Park' sign[12]. This walk continues to follow the concrete then asphalt driveway for about 80m to find the start of the 100m long (3.8m wide) timber bridge[13]. This walk crosses the bridge[14], until coming to a large metal gate[15] and a 'Bare Island Fortification' sign[16] behind the gate. There are great views from the bridge. Bare Island is generally locked but guided tours are available.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn left to continue along this walk.)

Bare Island Fortification Alt = 9 m
In 1885 the Bare Island Fortification on the northern side of Botany Bay was built in order to prevent foreign invasion and protect the water supply of the new colony. While the building is now accessible for tours, originally the only way of getting onto the island was by flying fox. The fortifications were decommissioned in the early 1900s. In 1912, Bare Island became a retirement home for war veterans from the Crimea, Sudan and China campaigns. It continued to operate as a retirement home until 1963, after this the Randwick District Historical Society became caretakers of the island. In 1967 it was passed onto the New South Wales Parks and Wildlife Service for use as a museum and tourist attraction. The Bare Island fort has now been declared a historical site[17]. The Bare Island Fortification is available for tours on Sundays in the afternoons, for more information on how to book tours call 1300 072 757[18]. There are many steps on the tour and is not considered wheelchair accessible. Bare Island is also one of the most popular scuba diving sites in New South Wales[19].
From the gate on the far side of the timber bridge is a steep set of timber steps that lead down to the rock platform [20], only access at low tide and seas.

(0.23 km) Int of Bare Island Fortification & Anzac Rd to LaPerouse Museum
Walk: Easy - undefined
Length = 230 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -5 m
Turn right: From the intersection[21], this walk follows the gravel track for about 80m, keeping the road on the right and water on the left, to find a roadside car park. Then this walk crosses the road and then the grass for about 170m (towards the large brick building[22]) to find the LaPerouse Museum[23].

La Perouse Museum Alt = 10 m
The La Perouse museum[24], in Botany Bay National Park, is housed in the historic cable station at La Perouse. The museum contains much information regarding Bare Island, the fate of La Perouse himself and Botany Bay National Park. There are many relics from ship wrecks, with maps and scientific instruments dating back to the 16th century. The museum contains over 2000 items, with one of the most significant collection items being a complete Atlas of the Voyage of La Perouse, consisting of 72 coloured drawings and maps, featuring places the expedition visited between 1785 and 1788. The museum is open Thursday to Sunday 10am to 4pm, closed Christmas Day.[ref_url=https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/visitor-centres/la-perouse-museum]. Access to the building is via a steep staircase. More info

Tombstone of Pere Receveur Alt = 10 m
The tombstone near Bare Island belongs to Pere Receveur. Pere Laurent Receveur died on 17th February 1788 (due to injuries sustained en route in Samoa) and this grave is therefore the first known European grave on Australia’s soil. Receveur was a priest and botanist serving under De La Pereuse on the French scientific expedition to the Pacific. The tomb itself dates from 1829 but has since been restored several times [25].

Monument to De La Perouse Alt = 9 m
This monument to De La Perouse, near Cape Banks is named after Jean-Francois de Galaup (1741-88) (aka La Perouse), who landed on the northern shore of Botany Bay on 26 January 1788. Perouse’s ships, the Astrolabe and the Boussole, disappeared shortly after visiting Australia with no surviving crew, making the landing in Botany Bay the last known point of contact of the scientific expedition[26]. More info

(0.46 km) LaPerouse Museum to Boatshed Cafe on Anzac Parade
Walk: Easy - undefined
Length = 112 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -4 m
Turn sharp left: From the LaPerouse Muesum[27], this walk crosses grass and a sealed road and after about 100m, comes to the Boatshed Cafe[28], with access to the beach[29], children's play area[30] and a picnic area[31].

Frenchmans Bay Beach Alt = 6 m
Frenchman's Bay beach, on the northern side of Botany Bay, offers a sheltered beach[32] with a children's playground[33], electric barbeques[34] and nearby a number of cafes[35] and restaurants[36].

(0.58 km) Boatshed Cafe on Anzac Parade to Southern End of Cann Park
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 216 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 4 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From the Boatshed Cafe[37], this walk follows the footpath gently uphill for about 240m, passing Danny's Seafood Restaurant[38], a public telephone and crossing sealed roads, until coming to the southern end of Cann Park[39] and the 'Congwong Beach' sign[40].

Catch the bus from Southern End of Cann Park
Public transport (bus) available from this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip from the end of this walk.
(Links currently not working sorry)
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Drive from Southern End of Cann Park
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Getting there

Plan your trip to the start of the walk and back from the end of the walk

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Public Transport Timetables

To the start of the walk

From
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney
From the end of the walk

To
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney

Driving Directions
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Near by



Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Kingsford Camping & Disposals 309 Anzac Pde, Kingsford (02) 9663 3535 7.4 km
Outdoor Equipment 60 Spring St , Bondi Junction (02) 9389 8122 10.8 km
Caravan Accessories Pty Ltd 33 Rocky Point Rd , Kogarah (02) 9588 3400 9.2 km
Carlton Canvas Co 337 Princes Hwy, Carlton (02) 9587 0208 10.2 km
Brandt Bros Est 1878 141 Devonshire St , Surry Hills (02) 9318 2666 11.5 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to La Perouse Historical Walk.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from La Perouse Historical Walk
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1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 12 km (to the W)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
31 km (to the NNW)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 38 km (to the NW)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 43 km (to the NNW)
3 VMG3 Mine commsite WESTCLIFF COLLIERY 46 km (to the SW)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
This walk passes Greater Sydney Region fire area which currently has a LOW MODERATE rating and No fire ban in place.
(Tomorrow the Fire Danger Rating is LOW MODERATE, No fire ban.) (Downloaded 2 years ago)
Please Note: Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather and Climate
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
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Botany Bay National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page

Region: Sydney & Surrounds
Park fees Camping Facilities I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.

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