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La Pérouse

brief history ...

La Pérouse beach
Photo © Ioan Ditu
At the same time with the First Fleet of convicts under the command of captain Arthur Philip, a second fleet under the command of the French explorer François de Galup, Compte de La Pérouse was seeking shelter in Botany Bay.
La Pérouse monument
Photo © Ioan Ditu

The French camped on the north shore. Short after that, Father Receveur died and was buried in the place we call today La Pérouse. The French ships La Boussole and L'Astrolabe sailed out to sea and vanished completely.

A monument was erected by the French to commemorate the great explorer La Pérouse.

In 1821, the Governor Macquarie is building a tower to accommodate a small guard.

In 1895, the Bare Island was fortified after plans made by architect James Barnet. At present the island is administered by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.

tourist information ...

La Pérouse - Macquarie tower
Photo © Ioan Ditu

How to get there
There are buses going to La Pérouse. See map.

Contact details:
La Perouse NSW 2036
Ph: 9311 3379
Web site: NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Hours of Operation:
You can access the sites at any time.
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